Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Watercolor Minis from Art Impressions

The Art Impressions Design Team is launching a brand new group of Watercolor Mini stamp sets on the Ai blog today!

 If you've never tried any of the Ai Watercolor stamps - you should!  It's the easiest way to create a beautiful watercolor scene using stamps with markers, distress inks or paints.  I'm using Cottage By the Beach (Sku #4606):
There are six mini sets available on the Art Impressions website today - so head on over there to check them out!  Cottage by the Beach comes with the beach house image, the kite and the flowers (the sentiment is from the Garden TF set (Sku #4203).  I started by colouring the outline of the house image with a grey Tombow marker and stamped it on my square of watercolour paper.  Then I scribbled several Tombow markers onto an acrylic block, and stamped some distress ink on there as well - and this became my palette!  I picked up the ink with my paintbrush, and added the sky, sea, sand and grass.  I used my paintbrush to soften the lines of the house, pulled some of the grey ink in to shade the roof and the house, and add a shadow underneath it.  I carefully inked up the flowers using distress inks right onto the stamp, making the stems green and the flowers a periwinkle blue colour - and stamped this repeatedly in the foreground.  Finally I added the little kite, softened it with some colour and added a string to it.

This photo shows the colours a little more accurately.  I spattered a bit of dark grey ink around the painting - it only shows up faintly, but I really like the look.  I popped up the image on pop dots and tied some twine beneath it.  

We are launching a new challenge on the Ai blog today - April showers/May flowers - so head on over and link up your creation, there are always great prizes given out!


Cynthia said...

Lovely water colored scene, Karen! Makes me wish I were at the beach.

Allie said...

This may be one of my new faves of your cards, absolutely stunning. Love the watercolour effect.

Cheri Burry said...

Karen this is stunning! You have a real talent for painting! Beautiful colours you water coloured with!


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