Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watercoloring Wonders


Welcome! Today the Flourishes Senior Team is going to do something a little different!  We're going to spend this Friday on a Technique Focus we think you'll enjoy.  It's one that's very "hot" in the cardmaking industry right now, watercolor.  You'll see many examples of some great watercoloring techniques along the way with the Design Team.

We're also going to focus on a product we have in store that's great for watercoloring, AND it's in our OVERSTOCK Sale too! It's our Letraset Aqua Markers, which are perfect for watercoloring, and on sale - who can beat that!

Here's the details about the sale:  If you click HERE, you can take a trip to our SALE page you’ll find hundreds of items with prices that will be slashed at the time of check out! Just add the coupon code OVERSTOCK25 and 25% will be deducted from your total. This coupon code will ONLY work on SALE  PAGE items. We have inks, paper, embellishments, ribbons and even overstocked stamp sets. On those items with sale prices, you will be able to take an ADDITIONAL 25% off! It’s the deal of the season! So click HERE to shop early for the best selection! As well we wanted to remind you that today is our last day to purchase the August New Release Bundle at a discount.   Here's a reminder of how beautiful the August sets are:


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Now...we'll get to what I created with some watercolouring!  It is a technique I really do enjoy, and it's a real peaceful and patient process for me, which is sometimes really good for the design brain :).  


I began with the beautiful Old Tea Rose set, stamping it with Versafine Vintage Sepia onto watercolor paper.  Then I took out our Letraset Aqua Markers and went to work.  What I like about these markers is that there's a good level of control to your colouring.  What I'll often do to start with is to use the markers to pool a little colour directly on my acrylic block or some palette type surface.  Then I'll use the empty Aqua Marker Blender (works like an empty felt or water brush), pick up the amount of colour I'm looking for and then colour it onto my image.  With watercolouring you want to build layers of colour.  Then as you get colours built to the way you like them you can also add the marker directly to your paper for those areas of deeper colour or saturation.  After colouring I die cut out the image with our Flourishes Perfectly Pierced Victorian Ovals die (so great that the piercing is right in the die!).  The little sentiment is done on the smallest die from our Perfectly Pierced Classic Hourglass die.  I overstamped other parts of the stamp set onto Color Made Easy Tiger Lily Collection of card stock that I had cut from a Spellbinders Grand Labels Four die, just trimming off the little point of the shape for the card base. 


Another fun detail was how I coloured the seam binding.  Sometimes you run out of your favourite colour and what can you do?  Sticking with the watercolouring theme, I spritzed water on my cream seam binding and coloured with my Letraset Markers right on the seambinding, crunched it up and heat setting it a bit to let it dry.  I got this pretty variegated ribbon in return :)  The markers are really versatile and even better because they're on SALE!  



So now you can head on over to the Design Team and see their lovely Focus on Watercolor today.  But don't forget to keep reading on the Flourishes blog...there's more for you in a Designer Focus on Tosha Leyendekker!

16 comments:

Pauline said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the shape of your card. Beautiful colours, love all your details.

Ava Gavloski said...

lovely color tones on your card

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful card,Beautiful coloring!!!

Allison Cope Israels said...

Stunning Christine! I love the peachy-reds - absolutely gorgeous colouring!

TLady said...

SOOOO BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINE!!!!!!!!! VERY FEMININE!!!!!!!!:)

Julie Koerber said...

Gorgeous doesn't even begin to cover this Christine!!!! I love,love, love the use of that yummy peachy color and your coloring itself is magnificent!

Marisa said...

What a fun shape! Love the piercing and the colour combo.

Makiko Jones said...

OMG! This is absolutely gorgeous, Christine! Beautiful watercoloring and love the peach color!

Conniecrafter said...

Lovely coloring and lovely shaped card!

JoanneO said...

Love your card, great shape, too. Love the coloring and the layers.

Rosy Newlun said...

Hi Christine, I have always loved peachey colors and this is right up my love lane! Thank you for sharing your technique and the way coool card shape!

Heather Jensen said...

Absolutely stunning, Christine! I love your shaped card and perfectly water colored Tea Rose. :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful! I like the beautiful shape you gave your card and this rose is awesome!

Rosy Newlun said...

Awww, not only do I love following your blog, but I feel so humbled you dropped by to leave such a kind comment on the mountain at dusk card - shucks, mam. Thank you very much for the treat. Big fan o yours!

stampqueen said...

Beautiful, love the colors and the pretty shape!

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a gorgeous card Christine.

greetings karin