Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello Spring #2

Color Throwdown #435
Hello Monday! Hello Spring! This is a super quick post as I got caught up in March Madness last night. My card above follows Color Throwdown #435's color scheme: Orange, Yellow & Turquoise. I love these bright sun-shiny colors, don't you? There is still a little time to play along...the link closes at 6:00 p.m. today.

Card Recipe [Papertrey Ink, unless noted]:
Paper: White and Aqua Mist cardstocks
Inks: Orange Burst, Bright Buttercup, Hawaiian Shores, True Black
Stamps & Dies: Graceful Greetings, Noted-Scallop
Embellishments: Splatters made with Heidi Swapp's Misters-Teal

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Papertrey March Blog Hop

Papertrey March Blog Hop
Happy Spring everyone!! I hope you are having good weather. The other morning our power went out due to high winds. It came back on after a couple of hours, but others were out of power for quite some time. Today, however, is a super cool, sunny day which is why I cannot wait to get outside to enjoy a nice long walk! But before I do that, here is my post for Papertrey's March Blog Hop. Below is the awesome inspiration provided by Nichole. It is artwork from Victoria Johnson. I am in love with her array of colors and clusters of flowers.

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Inspiration: Papertrey March Blog Hop

The foundation of my card above uses Aqua Mist card stock. Then I used the Circles coverplate to add a little texture to the background and sponged Hawaiian Shores to add contrast. Next I layered leaves from Turning a New Leaf, flowers from Flower Fusion #2, oval cut out from Noted Scalloped Dies, and Hello from Graceful Greetings. Wow! It's going to take a while to clean up from this adventure, but I certainly had fun!

Just a few things I gathered to play along today!!
There is still plenty of time to play long as you post by 11:30 ET today. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WCW #2: My Pallet

Mission Watercolor Pallet--Maiden Voyage
What I am enjoying most about watercolor is discovery! As a child, I watched my mother paint with acrylic and oils for many years, and I have even experimented with acrylics myself. Because of those experiences, when I started exploring watercolors, I assumed that when you finished, the paints were finished, too! What a delight it was [after having dumped a couple of tubes of paint down the drain] to discover that not only should I keep my paints on my pallet, but I should also keep my mixes as well. This is probably old news to most artists, but trying to learn this medium without any formal training has me groping about in the dark at times. When I finally discover something new--what freedom!
My First Pallets
Above is a glimpse at the pallets I started learning with. The pallet on the left is compiled of wells to represent the primary and secondary colors. One thing I've learned is the wells in the pallet are most likely intended to mix a lot of color at one time. I also have found out that they work very well with the liquid watercolor pigments, such as Dr. Martin Hydrus Watercolors. Since I don't watercolor large scenes, I do not need as much pigment that would be likely contained in the wells...sooo...this pallet will be on reserve for those times when I think I will paint multiple cards.

The pallet to the right was the one that I first learned that tube paints were meant to be loaded into the wells and used as 'pans' once they dried. When I figured this out...on my own, remember...I felt watercolor freedom! Okay, that may be a stretch, and as you can see from the mixes. Obviously, I'm still tentative about mixing my colors. I do tend to stay very 'organized' when I use my pallet...keeping the cools and the warms on their respective sides. It's true, I prefer to keep one mixture at a time, although I have splurged upon occasion and have mixed varying shades of colors adding neutrals and warms to cools and cools to warms.

Experimenting with Greens & Golds

The main thing I love about watercolor is that the pallet is living and organic...ever-changing. One project connects to the next with remnants of the previous piece ready to be incorporated into the next color value. I quickly discover new colors and combinations. Complimentary colors are no longer strange to me...I embrace the combination. I delve into cools and explore the warms. Shadows are no longer illusive as I twirl my paintbrush around the edges of a scene. And if I tire of a color, all I need to do is mix in another pigment and see what happens. It's never wrong, and it's always right!

I hope this post has been a little helpful to you. For more information, please click on the links below to find out more about using your watercolor pallets and starting your own watercolor journey. Until next time...happy painting!!

Angela Fehr: Basic Supplies 

Angela Fehr: Tips for Using Your Watercolor Pallet 

Watercolor Misfit: Best Watercolor Tips

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Love Green & Gold!

Color Throwdown #434
Happy Sunday and belated Saint Patty's Day to you! I hope you found your Pot of Gold instead of snakes!! The card above is a quick post for Color Throwdown #434. I love the green, gold and black combination. Isn't it lovely!

I used my watercolors [Sap Green and Cad. Yellow Pale Hue] to throw down some green circles. While they were still wet, I used my Prima Metallic Accent paints to sparkle in some gold. 

Love how the metallic gold pushed the green around...
Then I stamped the background randomly with a bud from WPLUS9's Doodle Buds set. The sentiment is from the same set and it is embossed using Zing! Gold embossing powder. This card is really sparkly in person.

 CTD #434

There is still time to play along...the challenge ends Monday at 6:00 p.m. Have a great rest of your day...and thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Watercolor Wednesday #1

Mission Watercolor Pallet
Greetings everyone! I am hoping to start a new feature on my blog each week which will be called Watercolor Wednesday. This is my first post, so I thought I would start by giving a tour of my watercolor journey. Number one: I'm not experienced, so if you are hoping to get some great advice, I would like to recommend several of my favorite artists over on You Tube:
  • Angela Fehr--she's an amazing artist and posts regular videos to You Tube.
  • Sandy Allnock--also an amazing artist and card maker. She has a lot of insights, and she considers herself to be learning watercolor as a new medium for her work.
  • Kristina Werner--Kristina is a well-known blogger and card maker...but she also is fabulous with watercolor techniques.
  • And finally, Watercolor Misfit--I love her quirky vlogs and her simple style in helping us all along our artistic journey. 
I follow many others, but the artists listed above teach and inspire me most! 

Each week I plan to share one project I'm either working on or have completed and what I've learned along the way. Today's post is a preview of Day 16's #30daysofbiblelettering project that I have committed to do for Lent. I have been practicing Brush Lettering for almost a year now, and frankly, I wasn't expecting to do very well with a watercolor brush...but...hey! I think this turned out better than all of my attempts with a brush marker! 

Watercolor brush lettering using a #3 Round, Cobalt Blue, & Purple Lake
Below are the colors I've loaded into my pallet top left to top right. Many of the paints I have are student grade, but I cannot toss them just yet. I plan to use them up and replace with artist quality. Thanks so much for dropping by!

  1. Cotman--Payne's Gray
  2. Windsor & Newton--Burnt Umber
  3. Susan Scheewe--Raw Sienna
  4. Windsor & Newton--Ultramarine Violet
  5. Cotman--Purple Lake
  6. Windsor & Newton--Colbalt Blue
  7. Cotman--Cerulean Blue
  8. Grumbacher--Thalo Blue
  9. Susan Scheewe--Hooker's Green
  10. Cotman--Sap Green
  11. Cotman--Viridian Hue
  12. Windsor & Newton--Permanent Rose
  13. Windsor & Newton Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  14. Cotman--Cadmium Red Pale Hue
  15. Windsor & Newton--New Gamboge
  16. Susan Scheewe--Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
  17. Windsor & Newton--Quinacridone Gold

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Papertrey 10th Anniversary: Florals!

Papertrey: Favorite Florals
Good Tuesday evening everyone! I'm back with my second post today using PTI's Beautiful Blooms and Turning a New Leaf! I love, love, love, both of these stamp sets...they've been around for a long time. But there's a reason for that...they are truly timeless!

I improvised a wreath...all the rage today...using Turning a New Leaf and Beautiful Blooms. I also used PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Bright Buttercup, Pale Peony, Hawaiian Shores, and Berry Sorbet to create the wreath. I added stitches using Tombow #933, Pale Peony cardstock, and a sentiment from Painted Petals, PTI's 2016 Anniversary stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by!!

PTI 10th Anniversary: Transformation!

Oh my! We're begging for a transformation!!
Happy Tuesday and Pi Day everyone!! This will be a first of a few posts today because I'm trying to get my final cards finished for the Papertrey 10th Anniversary celebration! For today's challenged we were asked to transform a card we weren't happy with. I could mention all of the things I think isn't right with my 'begging for a transformation card' created in June 2016, but let's just say I've learned some things since then.

While I've been making cards off and on for a few years, it was in 2016 that I fell in love with making cards on a regular basis. And through this new-found appreciation of the art, I've learned many new techniques and have developed new interests along the way, such as: watercolor, brush lettering, blending, collage, stenciling, line drawing, making my own backgrounds...the list is endless. It truly makes me appreciate what Nichole and the design team at Papertrey go through to create all of their wonderful products.

Peonies on Parade Transformed!
Above is the transformation, and I hope you all agree that this card is better. I have been admiring the tone on tone look lately, and to stay true to my original, I used the Peonies on Parade stamp set as the focal point. Instead of cutting out a frame, I decided to use the Stitched Rectangles Die to dry emboss a background onto my card panel. I used the back side of the dies and I had a happy made a raised border around the focal point. For the sentiment, I used Happy Mother's Day from Garden Grace.
PTI 10th Anniversary
Papertrey's 10th Anniversary Challenge
You have until 7 a.m. Eastern time on the 15th to play along...and it is well worth it! Nichole and crew are giving away $300 worth of PTI products!! I cannot wait to see what everyone else created! Thanks for stopping by!!