Art truly is therapeutic. For the most part last week, I was dealing with allergies and a nasty cold so I was quite miserable. This past weekend, I needed to take my mind off my misery so I wandered over to YouTube. I found this video that finally gave me the push to really do some watercolor painting. Sure, I’ve “watercolored” in my past projects like this one here. However, I still felt I needed to watercolor for real: use watercolors and paint an image (any image). Truth is, I’ve stayed away from watercolors because I was afraid of the medium. But I decided the worst that could happen is that I’d end up with a project that I wouldn’t even want to show to my family. And so after watching that video on how to paint soft roses in watercolor, I spent a couple of hours practicing on my sketch pad. About 50 or so roses later, I wasn’t afraid of watercolors anymore. And that’s even when I didn’t think I was improving much — my roses didn’t look the same or I’d paint one flower really, really well and then the next one is just downright ugly. I kept at it, though, because a couple dozen roses later, I was pretty sure I could at least paint decent flowers — hey, if my dear husband can tell that it’s a flower I’ve just painted in watercolor, I’m happy!
Aaaanywaaay…you’re getting a two-fer in this post. The one you see at the top of this post is the second one layer mixed media card I did where I combined watercolors, Derwent Inktense Blocks, and Memento Dew Drop Dye Inks. I used various stamps: wood grain stamp by Stampabilities, script stamp by OTC, and the MOM Subway Art Builders stamp by STAMPlorations. I did the second card because I forgot to shoot the video of me making the first one. Aside from painting the flowers, I used a couple other watercoloring techniques on the two cards. They each took about 30 minutes to create. Instead of describing what I did, how about I show it instead? The video is 11 1/2 minutes long, and like the previous videos I did for my 3 other one layer mixed media cards (you’ll find them all here), it’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by a Mozart clarinet concerto. Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE.
Here’s a close-up of the card:
I based the layout of my cards on the current sketch at the STAMPlorations challenge blog.
I hope you’ll check out the awesome projects that the STAMPlorations girls created and then come join us, yes? We’re also joined by a really cool guest designer, Karen.
Here’s the first card I did:
I’m entering my card to the following fun challenges:
1. One Layer Simplicity Challenge #3 – Just Add Water (I added plenty of water to my card, that’s for sure!)
2. Virginia’s View Challenge #1 – Watercoloring (I came across this fab new challenge Sunday night and was so thrilled to read about the first challenge.)
Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!