Continuing my experiments with bistre paint powders, I pulled out one of my favourite stamps and limited myself to a blue and green colour scheme. Below are all the results of my fiddling around with colours, water, repetitive stamping and order of operations. All the panels were splattered with masking fluid which really added interest on the most watery panels. Where the stains pooled and bled into each other the little masked dots break up the solid colour. Each was taped to a board with painter’s tape which created a masked border that I retained on all but one card.
On the panel below I sprinkled both blue and green bister on dry watercolour paper then spritzed lightly, tilted it this way and that, then walked away. This is becoming my new watercolour mantra, ” Walk away, just walk away!” As I have said before it helps to have chips on hand to distract yourself from wanting to fiddle more with the painting that needs to dry. In this case I did not have chips but I did have four different panels to work on so as each one was set aside to dry I started the next. Once dry I stamped the Queen Anne’s Lace in a dark green and a mix of two blues to co-ordinate with the bister patterns. I stamped twice without re-inking in between so the lower images are a bit paler. I like the lacy airiness of the flowers on this one but it’s not my favourite.
There was more water involved in the panel below and some painting and sponging too in order to frame the scene. I began by stamping in pale green on a slightly damp panel. You can see those first pale images in the background. I then switched to darker colours and dropped some bister into the stamping. To fill the white background I used a paintbrush to pull both stain and bister into the spaces. I tried to be careful not to lose the definition of the flowers. When it was totally dry (walk away, just walk away) I sponged a bit more colour in the corners. I like the shadowy images behind the stronger ones on this panel but it is not my favourite.
To be honest with you, below is the one that almost got tossed. I didn’t walk away and you can see all the murky green that resulted. I didn’.t want to give up however so I pulled out some scraps of dry wall tape I had used on another project and sprinkled bister powder over the tape, spritized water over the powders, let it dry a bit then sponged for more coverage. Not only does the grid add some interest, it leads the eye away from the murk. The other thing that saved this one is the mass of masking fluid flecks right in the centre adding light to the murk. You have probably guessed, not my favourite.
Which leaves us with this one. It has lots of blue, some nice bister bursts, both watery and defined stamping, some white flecks in appropriate places and I couldn’t be happier. Yes, it’s my favourite. Which one do you prefer?
Do you ever fiddle around with the same stamp and colours for several projects? It’s not quite making multiples but it is time efficient to use the supplies while they are all on the table.
Stamps: Queen Anne’s Lace, Happy Notes, Heartfelt, A Sweet Day (PB)
Inks: Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Crushed Olive, Chipped Sapphire, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean Distress Stains & Chipped Sapphire distress ink (Ranger) Spanish Moss, Majestic Blue & Olympia Green Versafine inks (Tsukineko)
Paint Powder: Blue and Green Bister
Cardstock: Canson cold pressed 100%cotton watercolour paper,
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid
Last month I taught a class involving watercolour panels and die cut shapes. All the samples I demonstrated and all the cards and panels created by class members were different. I really enjoyed watching everyone choose colours to work with. I snapped a few photos as the paints dried.
I still have some panels waiting to be transformed into something new.
This year marks twenty five years of ministry for the pastor of our church. He arrived in Ottawa shortly before we did in 2000 and our families have been friends ever since. His wife asked me if I would make a card for the occasion with a church on it. I looked through my stamps but the only church stamp was a snowy scene which was mainly trees with a snow laden church in the distance. As we are pretty happy to finally be free of snow I decided against using that stamp. I attempted a painting instead and found several church images as inspiration then combined elements from a few and set my church on a tree filled hillside. Rather than obscure some of the scene I printed the words on vellum and wrapped it round the painted panel. I used my gansai tambi watercolour paints for most of the painting then switched to watercolour pencils to add finishing touches.
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock, Neenah Epic Black cardstock, rust cardstock, vellum
Also: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
There are three new dies in the new Sunshine and Smiles. release all set in rectangular frames, which makes them a nice choice for the inlaid die technique. I used the Butterflies die to create the card above. Below is a photo tutorial with instructions below each photo describing my process.
Spritz or paint water onto a piece of cold pressed watercolour paper then add watercolour paint ( I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi on Fabriano cold pressed) in three or four colours. Let it blend, tilt the paper, move it around with a paintbrush if it is not going where you want it to. Let it dry.
Add more paint to deepen the colours which will have dried paler than when you painted them. Add some metallic gold paint and some splatters. Let panel dry, then trim to desired size.
With the ‘Butterflies’ die cut a panel from your watercoloured piece and from a piece of metallic gold cardstock. Press both panels onto some ‘Cling film-Press & Seal’ to keep all the pieces together. I know it looks like I already lost some pieces but don’t worry they were there somewhere!
Attach a piece of double sided adhesive sheet (I used ‘stick it’) to a piece of cardstock larger than your die-cut panel.
Remove the liner paper from the adhesive and press the gold ‘frame’ part of the butterflies die onto the adhesive covered cardstock.
Transfer the ‘inside’ pieces from the die-cut watercoloured panel into the gold frame pressing each one firmly onto the adhesive backing.
Attach the remaining border piece of watercoloured cardstock around the inlaid die-cut panel. Trim excess cardstock from the completed inlaid die cut panel. Mat with gold card then attach to co-ordinating card base.
Creative Dies: Butterflies (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Pink and gold cardstock
Also: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Stick it adhesive sheet
I hope you visited the Penny Black blog last week to enjoy a week of inspiration from our talented designer Jill Foster. This week I hope to inspire you with my projects featuring products from the new collection Sunshine and Smiles. Today’s project comes with a video tutorial. I know, unprecedented for me to have a video for you two weeks in a row! Last week I shared my technique for watercolouring with distress stains. Today I have a more traditional ‘keep within the lines’ approach using watercolour paints. The video is long so perhaps you should get a cup of coffee or tea and settle in. I have used the new slapstick cling set ‘Collage of Wishes’ and the pretty flourish die.
Stamps: Collage of Wishes (PB)
Creative Dies: Flourish (PB)
Inks: Versafine Smokey Gray (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Kazazz cardstock discontinued
Also: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, Stick it adhesive sheet
I made this for a close friend of mine who unexpectedly ended up in hospital this week. I am pleased to say she should be home by now. I began by painting a background with blue and red watercolour paints which I left to dry completely. During the whole painting and and stamping process I had the panel turned vertically but when it came to make the card I preferred it in landscape orientation. I inked the brambles stamp in mustard seed distress stain, spritzed it then stamped. The flower heads of the ‘delicate florals’ stamp, I inked in barn door distress stain and the stems in memento espresso truffle marker, spritzed and stamped. The flower heads were quite watery so I let them dry and stamped again over the top to add some details. I ended up keeping the frame made by the tape placed around the panel and popping it up on a card base made from watercolour paper. I have mentioned before how the whole matchy-matchy thing is very important to me so sometimes the card base has to be exactly the same not just close which is what it would be if I used a different card stock.
Stamps: Delicate Florals, Gratitude, Bramble (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door distress stains, Black Soot distress marker(Ranger) Expresso Truffle memento marker, Versafine Majestic Blue & Vintage Sepia (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
The Tulip Festival officially starts in Ottawa tomorrow, but as you can imagine the tulips have started celebrating ahead of the opening ceremonies. I decided to create a couple of tulip displays myself but on paper not in the garden. I do have two tulips in bloom which would make the ratio of blooming tulips to planted bulbs quite similar to yesterday’s sad daffodil ratio.
I worked on both these panels at the same time on the same piece of watercolour paper. They were only separated by a piece of masking tape which explains why there are little splatters of red on the panel below even though I intended to keep that one clean and white. When I finished these panels I was a bit ho-hum about them; they were ok but not exactly what I had hoped. Adding mats and sentiments made the difference. The one below had a blue watercolour border that I ended up cutting off to add a red border and sentiment instead. The blue border was too soft on an otherwise crisp contrasting card. On the one above the border was created by the tape so I decided not to add another colour cardstock for the sentiment but remove it with a die cut instead leaving a subtle but readable cream coloured sentiment.
Both cards were stamped and painted with distress stains over ‘masking fluid-splattered’ hot pressed watercolour paper. The top one got the extra spritz and splatter treatment at the end to make the tulips explode a little whereas the lower one was left with the colour inside the lines.
Stamps: Blooming Garden(PB)
Creative Dies: Many Thanks, For You (PB)
Inks: Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth, Neenah chilli cardstock
Also: Stick it adhesive sheets, dimensional adhesive, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints