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Monday, May 12, 2014

Online Card Class ~ Watercolors!

I have a lot to catch up with people.
This weekend was busy sitting and watching granddaughters play volleyball...
You know this is hard work, right?
The 12 year old (plays on the 14 & under team) played in the 16 & under division and they took 4th!!
The 10 year old plays in the 12 & under and they took 6th.
Overall a great weekend, but exhausting...
okay I did have to walk from one facility to another on the Oregon State Campus!!
That has to count for something, right?
I managed to squeeze in a few samples each night (or the middle of the night)!
then I put the cards together today.
DAY 1...Laura Bassen's technique using an acrylic block and applying distress inks to it...
stamped Hero Arts Tall Wheat over the top and added some wink of stella to the wheat!

these two cards are from Day 2 using rubber cement (or liquid frisket if you have it!)
As you can see the rubber cement didn't totally cover the flower image, but not bad.
Then I tried the smaller image from "PTI Life" and applied the rubber cement a couple of times to get better coverage.  Okay, I see the water mark right under the sentiment...DARN!

DAY 3 Water color stamping.  Kristina demonstrated a beautiful card using Art Impression stamps..
I used PTI Ionic Images and distress ink.  I added some green with the brush, then stamped the stems and added more water.  The flowers were added by simply putting the brush into the blue water color paints and dabbing them onto the card.
DAY 4 Shari Carroll used gelatos and water with a bod stamp...I used PTI Water color Garden and some gelatos...actually only gelatos for the flower, distress ink was used for the stem and leaves because I do not have any green gelatos!
Jennifer McGuire suggested embossing with white and then coloring in, but when coloring, instead of using plain water, add shimmer to the water.  I had a spritz bottle already filled with perfect pearls, so I shook it up and put a couple of drops onto my pallet and then used that in place of the water when dipping into the water color paints...there is a really nice shine to the whole image.
Phew, okay that is it for now.
I hope I can make a few more and play with some new techniques...
or practice what I have already learned because by no means am I an artist.
I did tell my husband I wanted to go buy the liquid frisket and he said,
"Oh, because you think you are an artist now?"  ha ha
NO, because the rubber cement in a little difficult to work with, just getting good coverage, so I was hoping the frisket would spread easier!
Thanks for hanging in there and taking a look!
Heart hugs,


  1. Okay, Colleen, I am thinking instead of cards you should be framing these!! You have such a keen sense of color and what blends well! I really like the background on the first one, the second one, the third one, the fourth (including your beautiful flowers), and the image on your fourth is outstanding. I also have to say the last will be treasured. Your fifth is equally gorgeous in a natural way. Your sixth is awesome and something I have been wanting to try forever. Cool idea on the using spritz colors with shimmers. I have some eons old.

  2. PS, Hugs back for sharing. Didn't have to hang at all!

  3. Wow, wonderful work Colleen! All of them, but the first one is love at first sight for me!

  4. Well done, Colleen! You tell your cheeky husband from me that, yes, in fact, you ARE an artist! You have executed the homework perfectly. My favorites are the first one (how fun and EZ was THAT cool technique!) and the last one. Your sunflower card is an absolute dream!! (Thank you for your too kind words!) Hugs, Darnell

  5. really beautiful...LOVE the first card!

  6. Colleen all of your cards are just gorgeous! You were meant to watercolour!

  7. gorgeous....I am taking the class but haven't had time to play..lucky you!

  8. I love what you've done. My favorite are the first two. It does take practice but I'm loving it. I'm with you on the rubber cement. I bought some but the image I used it on was small and I had to use a small paint brush to apply it. It worked but I wasn't crazy about it.

  9. Really like the first card with the acrylic block stamping. What colors of Distress Ink did you use? Also the embossed sunflower, really nice.


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