Friday, January 3, 2020

First Watercolour Weekend of 2020!

The Art Impressions Watercolour Guest Design Team are back this week to share projects using the #5229 - SBC Exclusive Hydrangeas Set that is available through  This is another stunning floral set by Bonnie - 3 large floral images, 3 small blooms and 6 great sentiments.  Here's what I've come up with:
I started by putting some Bristol Smooth cardstock in my Misti, and put the largest image in as well.  I started by colouring directly onto the leaves of the image with my Tombow Dual Brush Marker in #126 Light Olive, and did the veins and base of each leaf in #177 Dark Jade.  After stamping it onto my cardstock, I was able to see any areas that I'd missed, or wanted to be darker, and (thanks to the Misti!) went over those areas again.  Without removing the cardstock from the Misti, I used my damp #4 paintbrush to pull out the colour, filling the leaves in with the #126, and using the #177 for shadows.
Once the leaves dried, I used #533 Peacock Blue to colour all of the blossoms, and stamped it several times, again making sure all of the areas were covered.  I picked up my paintbrush again to soften the lines and pull out the colour.  I scribbled my #565 Deep Blue marker onto my palette, and picked it up with a wet #1 paintbrush - and I used this to add dots to the middle of each bloom - this helped to define each blossom.  I also used the #565 to add shadows to areas where blooms were under leaves, or recessed behind others.  The shadows really help to make the image less 2 dimensional, and more realistic looking.
I mixed a bunch of the colours that were on my palette with water and used it to paint a wash around the image, then splattered a little black paint on the whole image.  After die cutting the image with the large rectangular die, I put it back in my Misti, picked one of the sentiments from the set, and stamped it in the top corner with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I mounted it on a periwinkle blue piece of cardstock that shows through the cutouts on the die, and then onto a piece of black.
Click here to purchase the Hydrangea Set at!
Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday, to see what Dot & Tricia have to share this week!
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool InventedTsukineko - VersaFine - Instant Dry Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx BlackWCPLT - Watercolor PaletteWCBRUSH1 - WC Brush NO. 1WCBRUSH4 - WC Brush NO. 45137 - DB Pen Set 10PK - Bonnie's Favorites Set 1


Allie said...

This is such a gorgeous design! The colours paired with that nordic frame are just perfect with your colouring. Beautiful job, Auntie Karen!

Tricia O said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. I love the softness. It's amazing that we pretty much used the same technique and got such different results. Well done!

Dot J Freel said...

I just love that frame you used and the colors are perfect. I like how you made the veins standout on the leaves. Beautiful!


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