Thursday, June 22, 2017

Learn To Experiment/Play With Abandon

I watched this you tube video earlier this morning where the artist was showing painting watercolor flowers that were "looser". She painted a 3 basic flower shapes using yellow and red, then added stems to each in a green color. She then spritzed the whole thing with water and turned the painting upside down so the color would flow. Once she did that, she started adding red and pink to the flowers and deepened the stems before adding in her background color. All in all, a very cool effect. I have tried the same thing with stamped flowers using Crushed Curry and simple stems drawn with an Old Olive watercolor pencil. All products Stampin' Up!

I quite liked the effect, so I continued by adding Rich Razzleberry & Melon Mambo with watercolor pencils and softening the color with an Aqua Painter. I kept playing and experimenting with the look until I got what I wanted. I used watered down Bermuda Bay ink for the background color. 

Did I love it at first? No. However, I realized long ago that it is JUST PAPER and I can throw it away if I end up hating the project when finished. The thing I want to stress here is that if you are wanting something more from your stamping and art, you need to experiment and play. That is the only way you will find out what you love and all of the endless possibilities there are with the tools available. 

I created the gold "swish" behind the sentiment and geometric detail by swiping Embossing Paste using my finger directly on to the watercolor paper. I immediately covered it with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and carefully heated it with my heat tool. The result is a stunning 3-dimensional strip of gold. The geometric piece was cut using the die cut that is in the Oh So Eclectic Bundle. The flower stamps are also from that bundle, but the sentiment is from the Wood Words stamp set. 

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  1. You are so clever - it's such fun to experiment from time to time....and you're right, it's only paper, you can start over again and never get the same design twice. I like the technique very much and will be giving it a try myself. Great looking card with lots of elements and techniques.

  2. This is absolutely stunning- I love how it turned out. I haven't had a chance to use my watercolor pencils yet but this gives me some great ideas!

  3. This is BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to try it! So glad you shared it!

  4. This effect is amazing - love it and maybe I'll get the courage to try it!

  5. Kim, this is stunning and your explanation of technique was really clear. Inspired to go and play right now!Thank you!

  6. WOW !!!!!! I would have thought that this was going to turn into a "HOT MESS" if I had been tempted to try it ! BUT ....this is really WOW !!! Thanks for the detail HOW TO !!!! LOVELY results !!!


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