Loose Watercoloring with Color Bursts

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by this chilly Monday morning (here in the Northeast that is!). I have a loose watercoloring technique to share with you today featuring the W Plus 9 Pretty Peonies stamp set and Ken Oliver Color Bursts.

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I love the look of loose watercoloring; the artistic feel of it is beautiful and it let’s you as the artist be free with your coloring and not have to worry about it being “perfect”.

I stamped the outline floral images from Pretty Peonies in Versafine ink and I started mixing custom colors using the Earth Tones and Brights sets of the Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolors.

When mixing colors, I stuck to warm yellows, pinks and reds for the flowers, and mixed some smokey blues and greens for the leaves. I didn’t focus on staying inside the lines much because I was trying to keep this from looking too perfect, and simply let the color blend and bleed wherever it wanted. Once you let go of the “control” that you want over the coloring and just embrace the medium, it’s quite relaxing to watercolor this way!

After my base watercoloring was finished, I let it dry before I came  back with my Finetec Gold mica watercolors. And let me tell you, these gold watercolors are amazing; the vibrancy and opacity of these paints are superb, and they go onto the paper like butter; I love them!

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Here I used them for adding swashes of color color in certain areas of each flower; no where in particular, just kind of where I thought it needed it. The result is a gold sheen that catches the light as you turn the card… GORGEOUS!

To pull my card together, I foiled a die cut from the Winnie and Walter the Big, the Bold and Comfort die set and layered it up with shite cardstock to create a dimensional sentiment.

I then added some vellum underneath to stretch across the bottom of the card, and some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to scatter about and add a bit more shine. Finally, I layered my watercolored panel onto a black cardstock panel that is splattered with the gold Finetec watercolors and then onto my white card base.

 

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I love the way this ended up turning out, and I hope you have too!

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PRODUCTS

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Wplus9 PRETTY PEONIES Clear Stamps CL-WP9PRPE
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches
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Winnie and Walter THE BIG THE BOLD AND COMFORT 6 x 8 Clear Stamps WW043
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
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Pretty Pink Posh 6MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
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Pretty Pink Posh 10MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins PPP118
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM METALLIC GOLD Cupped Sequins
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Finetec MICA WATERCOLOR Paint 6 Set M600
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8
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Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 9×12 Bound 360109
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US Artquest MATTE Perfect Paper Adhesive
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Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82
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Therm O Web GOLD Deco Foil Transfer Sheets iCraft 51025
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Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets
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WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711 9 x 12
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425
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Ken Oliver – Color Burst – Earth Tones Assortment – 6 Pack
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Ken Oliver – Color Burst – Brights Assortment – 6 Pack
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5 Responses

  1. Ashwini says:

    Oh, its divine!! The color combo is a knock-off!! You’ve just rocked the whole thing!!

  2. Jamie Vanskiver says:

    Wow this absolutely gorgeous! I love the color combo used here! I definitely want to get the gold watercolors!

  3. lenny says:

    Wow!! Stunning card!! Love the bright and happy colors!!

  4. Can’t wait to see it! I’m betting it’s beautiful!

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