Thursday, April 30, 2009

Violets of Remembrance

It's another week of Flourishes Friday Focus for you. Today's focus comes from our very own Julie Koerber, {{{hugs Julie!}}}. She wants to show you how versatile watercoloring can be. So be sure you check out her tutorial on the Flourishes Newsletter.

For my sample today I thought I'd show you a little bit of watercolor wash and watercoloring with water based markers.

I began by watercoloring the gorgeous Violets on Flourishes new European watercolor paper with my Stampin' Write Markers. I really love coloring with reinkers because of the levels of color you can build and the wash you can achieve. But for really precise deep colors and great blending water-based markers really give you an awesome effect. Just color in the depth areas have your damp (not wet) water-brush handy to blend the ink into your lighter areas.

I added a light hue of Amethyst around the violets to ground them, then masked the violets and added the background stamp from the Thank You set in Bashful Blue and Almost Amethyst ink, and then washed it out with my Aqua painter. When you use a water based ink and blend right after stamping you'll get a pretty soft wash of color but still with the definition of the stamp.

Don't you love the new Nestabilities? This is the Deckled Rectangle. I added some smaller shapes with the Deckled Rectangles for the DSP and the sentiment, which I also gave that wash technique too, layering two rectangles together and tucking them under the main image. Then add more layers of color as desired.


I also used a little Lily Kate DSP, and a small rectangle of a Bashful Blue DSP too. Silk ribbon and some pretty Kaiser pearls.

This will be a sympathy card for friends of ours. I grew up with the husband, we were good friends in youth group and his sister was just a few years older than us. She was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in February and yesterday she went home to be with the Lord. Wow, such a short time. Life is so precious, she knew that ....and lived it out with joy. She is a beautiful woman to remember.

Here's the girls playing this week be sure to check their creations out! Faith Hofrichter , Julie Koerber , Laura Fredrickson , Leslie Miller , Stacy Morgan

Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes - Thank You, Violets; Ink: Black Stazon, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst; Paper: Basic Gray, Bashful Blue, Flourishes Watercolor paper, Basic Grey - Lily Kate DSP, SU Bashful Blue DSP; Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities - Deckled Rectangle, Stampin' Write Markers, Aqua Painter, Kaiser Pearls, Silk Ribbon, Dimensionals.

20 comments:

Francien said...

Its very beautyful....love the colours and stamp...fab card!!
greetings Francien.

Velta said...

WOW!! Your coloring is magnificent! So is this design :)

Leslie Miller said...

Christine, I love the way you did the wash, and the particular shading and colors of your violets and leaves. This is a gorgeous card and a thoughtful tribute to your friend.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very pretty CHristine! I really like how the washed look turned out. The deckled square is a great touch too.

Renée said...

What a beautiful card, Christine! I'm sure it will be appreciated. I'm so sorry you had to lose a friend. May God be with you and all those who knew and loved her.

the whimsical butterfly said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I hope that your memories are beautiful and plenty just like the gorgeous violets on this card. You did a STUNNING job on this and I think I 'need" those deckled rectangles! You are such an amazing talent!

Julie Koerber said...

What a beautiful creation. So sorry it is going for the reason it is. I hate the "c" word. I'm sure your card will offer much comfort! Hugs back girlie!

Latisha said...

What a beautiful card to send to your friend. Its truly gorgeous!

Crystal said...

soooo beautiful love the watercoloring and that beautiful image!!

Danni said...

What a beautiful card! Wonderful job!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh, Christine! Your coloring and that fabulous ribbon..WOW!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Your flowers just glow! Gorgeous watercolouring and a beautiful design!

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Christine this is a stunning card and I know it will be a wonderful gesture of kindness while your friend is going through such a hard time.
--Becca

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Oh my!! This is absolutely STUNNING Christine. Your colorwashing is fabulous!! WOW!!

Mary said...

This is a gorgeous card. The colors are really fine. Your water coloring is just beautiful. I am sure the family will appreciate your lovely creation.

Rose Ann said...

This is so beautiful with the washed coloring, Christine!! I'm sure it will mean a lot to your friends. I'm so sorry.

Judy Rozema said...

One of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen!

Joan Ervin said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Christine...I love your coloring on those beautiful flowers!! I'm soooo sorry for you loss...my prayers are with you, gf!!!

America said...

you are a watercoloring geniuos GF! You are a HUGE isnpiration to me (who struggles with it and is intimidated by it)! LOL :) TFS

Jerri Kay said...

Christine, your card is a beautiful tribute to your friend's sister, I am so very sorry for the family's loss. I'm sure your card will bring much comfort during this difficult time.