|Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful #22 , Timeless Tuesday #171, and Mojo Monday #243 Challenges|
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It's been several weeks since I've posted so it's time to get back in the saddle again. I had a wonderful trip to Washington, D.C. and Virginia. And while I was back east for our daughter-in-laws baby shower, which by the way was lovely, I had a chance to visit the gardens at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia. The garden reminded me of my garden when I lived there and I loved trying to remember all the names of the plants, trees, and shrubs. While I can't have these types of flowers in Arizona I can create them on paper! Watercolor flower gardens - dreamy.
I've spent a few days in my studio just playing with watercolor techniques. Today's offering is for Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful and their Timeless Tuesday Challenge. I've also used the Mojo Sketch Challenge for my design.
I know many of you already create with watercolor using different techniques such as mineral spirits, watercolor pens, etc. This technique uses different stamps to create your own unique scenes (loads of fun). Once you've created your scene it's time to apply the watercolor. I used 4 stamps with this design; the flowers, pot, grass, and the sentiment; all from Flourishes In the Garden and Botanical Bookplate Vol. 2 sets. I keep pieces of acetate (from stamp sets purchased) which work well as a watercolor pallet and are a good source for re-purposing.
Rub some color from your pen onto the acetate then dip your brush into a little water and pinch off the excess before dipping back into your color. It takes a little practice to find that combination of water and color. I have used watercolor pencils with both water brushes and mineral spirits but, in my humble opinion, I find this technique closer to actual free form watercolor - maybe because I'm creating my own unique scene even though it's done with stamps rather than free form. I stamped this scene with soft grey ink (London Fog) from Memento so the lines wouldn't show as much. The watercolor pens are Marvy Le Plume II dual tip brush/fine point watercolor. I'm sure there are others on the market you could use as well. After applying the watercolor you can use the fine point for detail if needed.
I hope you'll come back and join me again for some more watercolor offerings. This was a relaxing way to get back in the crafting studio. For those who would like to see all the resource materials used, please visit my gallery on Splitcoaststampers.
Teaser: More zany adventures with the ladies Girls Just Wanna Have Fun They'll be back in June and definitely up for some fun!
Until next time my friends,
Have a blessed day. See you soon!