Watercolour one layer

One layer watercolour

The watercolour cards I’ve been making lately have been several layers as I usually create them on a 5″x7″ pad then cut and mat them with co-ordinating cardstock. I recently bought a larger pad of watercolour paper so, for this card, I cut and scored a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card and taped it to my work desk before watercolouring. I taped it to the desk carefully to create the border you see on the card. The card warped slightly due to the watercolouring but, because it was taped down until it was completely dry, the warping is minimal.

I stamped the branch from Blooming garden on the right and the left then masked both branches so I could stamp the branch again between the two branches adding only two more flowers. The flowers are stamped in versafine onyx black which is waterproof so it did not bleed when I started adding the colour. I used watercolour pencils to add pink and purple to all the blossoms and blended it with water. The stems are coloured with two browns, the background with blue. While the paper was still wet I sharpened three pencils over the image dropping slivers and specks of pink, blue and purple pigment onto the damp paper. I spritzed with water too and sat back to watch the bits of pigment bleed colour.

And, I almost forgot to add, this layout was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch #18


Stamps: Blooming GardenGratitude(PB)
Inks: Memento Elderberry & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano Hotpress 25%cotton watercolour paper
Also: Fabercastell watercolour pencils

17 Comments on “Watercolour one layer”

  1. Gabby says:

    Nice card, beautifully watercolored flowers and I love the flecks of color in the bkgrd! 🙂

  2. Char says:

    I can’t wait to sharpen my pencils and spritz water over my next water color project. Great idea, and as always a beautiful card.

  3. Pitchoune57 says:

    lovely card, bye from France

  4. Mary H. says:

    Awesome…you always have the best ideas for your backgrounds. This is just lovely. TFS

  5. Sally H says:

    So beautiful, Heather. Such pretty colours. I too love the flecks of colour on the background

  6. Beautiful card and the colors are breathtaking! I have just started to dabble in water coloring with my stamps and love it. I am one of those people who cannot even draw a stick person. Ha! I enjoy your posts very much.

  7. Lindsey says:

    Sharpened your pencils over it… how brilliantly out-of-the-box creative is that? So pretty.

  8. Dianne says:

    Heather you never fail to amaze me, all the elements you added, are awesome thanks for always inspiring me to try everything, try is the optional word here”-” have a great day..

  9. Vicki B says:

    It a beautiful card. I love the light blue behind the branches of flowers!

  10. Ardyth says:

    Very creative take on the sketch – I like how you left it at that one layer! Gorgeous soft colours, too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

  11. Yvette says:

    Wow … so beautiful!

  12. Breathtaking beautiful Heather!

  13. scrapawayg3 says:

    I totally agree with the sentiment. Beautiful card. I love your work. Love it. Thanks for joining us this week @ CAS(E) this SKetch Challenge:)

  14. This is fabulous – I really love the background and the sentiment is fabulous! xx

  15. Jen W. says:

    Really, really gorgeous. Love the contrast between the masked bottom portion of the card and how the top tapers off. Thanks for playing along with CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

  16. cdheeren says:

    Fabulous card- the water coloring is gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS(E) this Sketch!

  17. Petti says:

    Absolutely gorgeous card! Love your colouring. I wish you have a class and I’d definitely attend!

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