Friday, April 6, 2018

PWP April Blog Hop Watercoloring

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Are you ready for our April blog hop? The theme for this month is watercolor!
Have you tried watercoloring?
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For this blog hop, I wanted to finish a wall canvas, I have been working since a while. However, the pictures I wanted to display in this canvas didn't turn up as I wanted then, so now I have to wait one more day. I decided then, to compare different watercoloring techniques, e.g. pearl watercolors vs. my new favorite, distress crayon and using archival ink for the stamping or embossing on versa ink...

These are my results:

1. Archival and pearl watercolors (green), blue distress crayon.
2. Versa mark, dark purple embossing ink, and pearl watercolors (green), blue distress crayon.
3. heavy embossing and blue and green distress crayon, yellow pearl watercolor.

Well, for me the best is combination of watercolors and distress crayons, and for archival vs. embossing, it would depend what i need the end result. For cutting out the image, it's best teh embossing, also for crispier image. The heavy embossing might be too much, but it would be cool for a fussy cut image.

Materials and steps in short:

Stamps: bluebonnet-cling-stamp-set from PWP
Versa Mark ink,
Archival ink, CTMH
Embossing powder
Watercolor cardstock, TH, Ranger
Pearlescence watercolors
Distress Crayons, TH, Ranger
Watercolor brush, TH, Ranger

1. I stamped the image using the versa mark and embossed with dark purple embossing powder. For the heavier effect, I kind of rocked the stamp a little bit and then heat embossed:

2. I stamped another cardstock using the archival ink:

3. I started watercoloring with the diluted crayons, but I wanted a more shimmer in my leaves, thus I used the pearl watercolors in green, yellow, and a little bit of dark copper for the steams:

I used this picture I took of my hubby and I as an example for the bluebonnets

I started coloring the leaves and steams first:

Then, I moved on to the blues, leaving the tips of each petal white:

On archival.

On heat embossing:

Final image on archival: 

On heat embossing:

On heavy heat embossing:

I also played with the brush and some blue around the stamped image as a fussy background.

I hope you enjoyed my trials and decide to use this amazing wildflower images for cards, wallhangings, canvases, or in your scrapbooking pages. They are supper versatile. I hope to share my finish canvas soon.

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  1. Your watercoloring is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your results with different combinations of supplies!

  2. Love the different looks with this pretty bluebonnet stamp!

  3. Three lovely cards and I adore the touch of shimmer on your images, the watercoloring looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing and playing along over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

  4. Thanks for inspirations with the tree cards.
    Also, thanks for joining us at Retarte#118
    Maria Pilar DT

  5. A beautiful simple card. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

  6. Wonderful cards! Great job!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Craft Rocket and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.


    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#47 – flowers}
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#16 – Pastel colours}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge {#16 – ATG}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  7. Hello you! Thanks for the visit, and glad you did so I can scoop out your bluebonnets. I love the stamp! Your watercoloring is great too. It's that time of year to see them in all their glory. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lovely card.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket Challenges.
    xxx Margreet