Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Another Attempt at Daffodils

I wasn't in love with my first attempt at painting PTI's daffodils the other day, so I thought I would try again with the technique that was shown to us on day 8 of Online Card Classes Watercolor class. This attempt feels much less overworked to me, so I am happier with it. I almost always make two cards at the same time and after I painted the background on one I decided to leave the second one without a background. I think I like it better.

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OCC More Day 8 Cards!

Ok, I admit it - I am totally in love with what I learned in day 8 of Online Card Classes Watercolor class! I can't stop making cards with the technique Tasnim Ahmed taught us! With this card I did learn that the paper can make a BIG difference. I decided to paint two roses at once. The one that I made the card with is on Fabriano Hot Press 140lb watercolor paper and I loved how it turned out. I am also going to show a picture of the other one, painted at the same time on Aqvarelle Arches 100% cotton 140 lb watercolor paper. I think it turned out awful (it actually looks better in the photo than in real life) and it is not like the paper was cheap paper. I have had it for years, but at the time I bought it, it was probably the most I had ever spent on a craft item! (I will say I later did a different watercolor technique that the Aqvarelle paper handled better than the Fabriano, but I havent had time to photograph it yet.)

The stamps are PTI and I painted with distress inks.

This one is much fuzzier looking and the ink settled into the paper very fast, so I couldn't push it around where I wanted it like in the first one.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

OCC Day 8 Homework

I have love, love, LOVED day 5 through 8 of Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers class!! I just want to keep trying these techniques over and over (seriously, who need to go to work!? It is messing with my painting time!!)

First I tried the technique shown to us by Tasnim Ahmed. Her painting was SO gorgeous!! I need a lot more practice (and I think it would help if I picked an image with bigger open areas next time) but I think it is not too bad for a first attempt.

I used Papertry Ink's Year of Flowers Lily of the Valley and the sentiment is from one of the Think Big Favorites sets. I painted with distress inks.

My second card follows the example of Dawn Woleslagle (I definitely need a lot of practice here!) Can I just say she is AMAZING?? I already LOVED her stamps (WPlus9) and am being blown away by her recent watercolor cards made with those stamps (both in class and on her blog!)

I used the stamp set Flora and Fauna 1 by WPlus9. The sentiment is from WP9's Fresh Cut Florals  and I painted with distress ink.

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OCC More Day 5 Cards

I am playing catch up with my homework from Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers class. I LOVED the technique shown to us by Swarup Murthy (Sanketi) and already did one card using it. I know it is going to be something I try again and again!! This is my second attempt.

I used stamps from Papertrey Ink (Year of Flowers Daffodils and the sentiment is from one of the Think Big Favorites). The paint was Windsor and Newton Cotman tube watercolors.

I also made two cards using the technique Shari Carol showed us on day 5. They are the same other than color scheme - I thought I would make one masculine and one feminine, but I think my "masculine" one is still a little feminine! Oh, well!

I used a Hero Arts background stamp and the Thanks die and stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. 

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Another Card for Day 3

I have been taking Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers class and I am loving it! I got a little behind on my "assignments" because of work but today I am playing catch up!! On day 3 I really loved what Kristina did with some scenery stamps from Art Impressions and I finally got a chance to try it!!

This is very different for me but was a lot of fun!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

OCC Watercolor Class Day 5

This is the day of class I was most looking forward to! I have recently discovered this wonderful blog (The Storyteller) and have been amazed at what she does with stamps and watercolor. Of course she was one of the instructors for today!! I was very excited to give this a try, but I definitely need to practice some more!

I used two stamp sets from WPlus9 (one for the flowers and one for the sentiment) and watercolors.

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OCC Watercolor Day 3

Day 3 (and 4) of Online Card Classes Watercolor class taught us a lot of techniques for watercolor stamping. This is my first attempt with one of the techniques - I can't wait until my days off so I can try some more!

I used watercolors for the background and Distress Inks with the My Favorite Things floral image. The sentiment is from PTI. 

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