So today I have a small collection of watercolor cards to share with you. A couple pieces were practice pieces that turned out perfect for a card front. I'm thinking I should tell myself that they're all "practice pieces" from now on. I seem to relax more when I view them that way, and when I relax more, they have a tendency to turn out just the way I want them to! You'd think I'd be wise to my own Jedi-mind-tricks at this age, but I admit it...I effectively psyche myself out a lot, even as an adult who should know better. :)
So on to the picture show. This first pair is made using a Unity stamp. For one, I drew a brick wall in the background, and after I painted the second one with no background, I liked it, too. So, both became all occasion cards with the same sentiment...
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. "Erica Girl" and "enjoy this day"
Color Mediums: Grumbacher Transparent Watercolors; Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
Miscellaneous: white twine, small colored gems, "yellow" Stickles
This next card is a 4"x 6" note card that I painted after seeing a red poppy card painted with a similar treatment. Unfortunately, I didn't note the name of the creator of the card that gave me the idea, I just wrote "shade with brown" next to the words "large poppy stamp" in my little idea notepad. (I sometimes do this rather than pinning the inspiration piece so I don't copy it too closely.) So if you see this and it reminds you of a similar card, please let me know and I'll edit this paragraph to credit my inspiration artist!
It was a little difficult to photograph this purple to look the same as it does IRL, but hopefully you can see the raspberry highlights and deep purple shadows...
On this card, I double cut the "hello" die in black and white, heat embossed the "just saying" stamp with white powder onto black cardstock for contrast, then spot-glued them both to the twine bows using liquid glue...
Stamps: Penny Black "divine" (poppy); Altenew "Super Script" ("just saying")
Dies: Simon Says Stamp "small hello"
Color mediums: Sakura Koi watercolors; Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
Miscellaneous: twine, clear sequins, white embossing powder
This final pair of images were my small "practice pieces." I was playing around with coloring and shadows on penciled-in tables beneath the flower pots. I liked how they turned out, so I cut the pieces from my practice pad, and turned them into note cards...
Patterned papers: Prima "Nature Garden" collection (purple); Glitz Design "French Kiss" collection (brown); My Minds Eye Lost & Found "Heirloom" collection (dot)
Stamps: Penny Black "A Bunch" (jar); Hero Arts "Things We Love" (single flower); Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages" (hello);
Altenew "Super Script" (just saying)
Color medium: Sakura Koi watercolors Lace: TheFunkieJunkie.com Pearls: Recollections
And last but not least...
Patterned papers: Glitz Design "Vintage Blue" collection (gold and blue); Pink Paislee "Cottage Farms" collection (taupe print)
Stamps: Penny Black "Flower Gallery" (irises); Penny Black "A Bunch" (jar); Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages" (sentiment)
Color Medium: Sakura Koi watercolors Lace: TheFunkieJunkie.com Pearls: Kaisercraft and Recollections
Thanks so much for visiting today...I hope your week started with a smile!