Thursday, March 17, 2016

Challenge 180 - Watercolor & White Pen! PLUS Watercolor + Window Die Release!

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new week and a NEW challenge! Before we get to our Watercolor & White Pen challenge, we have an exciting new release that does not disappoint!

We are so excited to formally launch our NEW Watercolor Mini sets. We have three new projects that will expand your watercolor collection with many new flower and foliage fillers as well as beautiful new main images! Below you can find a quick overview, as well as each corresponding video with the full instructions for each set! We hope you love these new releases and add a couple to your collection today! 

We are also excited to release a beautiful new Window Deco Die, perfect for your Windows to the World or Watercolor cards! This new stamp and die set gives you huge versatility, plus many creative ways to arrange your windows! Check out how this new set assembles in the video below and grab your own set here!

For our new launch, Reneé Matarese has created a beautiful tutorial!

Hello Ai fans!

It's my turn to share a new release with you!  Art Impressions has the most beautiful water color images around and this sweet new set is no exception!  

This pretty new set is called WOODEN GATE (sku#4762)
You can find all the wonderful MINI WATER COLOR sets HERE.

I'm still a little afraid of water coloring but after making this card I gained a lot of confidence.  Trust me...If I can do it, you can do it!  There are so many different mediums that you can water color with, There are the little water color cakes, paints, distress inks, pencils, markers, etc.  I chose to use pencils and Marvy Markers.  You treat the pencils like you would any colored pencil for the most part.  Just color in the areas (lightly) that you want to color.  Then go over them with a water pen.
Here, if you look carefully you can see I shaded in the thin part on the inside of the arch.

Next, I used my water pen to pull a little bit of color from it and add shading to the gate.

Next, I penciled in a little blue, colored the brackets and added some grass.

Now it's time to add some real color!  I used my Marvy markers to color directly onto the stamp. 

Then, just like with the pencils I used my water pen to blur them a bit and give them the water color effect I was looking for.

 I mounted my door on a display easel made with the Ai Easel Die.

The precious little bunnies are part of a set called FURRIES TF (Sku#4208).


On the inside I used the clouds from WC Series 1 Set (Sku#4055).

I have to apologize...I used a fence and gate which I've now just realized have been discontinued. I did find an alternate you could get instead if this is a look you like.  Take a peek at WC EZ Project A (Sku#4271).

I mounted my card on the Square Easel Die (Sku#4699)

My foliage came from a variety of sets...

I added some highlights to the flowers and rabbits with a white gel pen.

I think the gel pen makes the fur look pretty real on their bellies.

Marvy colors used: No. 43 Brilliant Yellow, 45 Sepia, 88 Terra Cotta, 15 Olive Green, 20 Magenta, 28 English Red

Water Color Pencils:
Staedtler 38, 556
Derwent: 6 Deep Cadmium, 18 Rose Pink, 34 Sky Blue, 36 Indigo, 38 King Fisher Blue, 40 Turquoise Green, 58 Raw Sienna, 66 Chocolate, 68 Blue Gray

Thank you, Reneé! Absolutely love the images and your added touches!

And now it's time for our challenge! This week, we want to see you use those watercolor mediums and add some white gel pen to your images! Whether creating a snowy scene or adding some highlights, white gel pen is so handy to add some depth and dimension to your images!

Here are the challenge rules …
✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
✻ Share the Ai love by clicking and commenting your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!


ToadilyDiane said...

Great job watercoloring. Watercoloring like this is out of my comfort zone but I'm going to give it a try. You all do such a good job of explaining. Thanks!!

Cheri Burry said...

Such a pretty card Renee! I love the inside too!

Sharon Caudle said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Renee!!! And I really love how you finished the inside of the card as well! You should not be hesitant to watercolor! You're a natural!!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful Spring watercolor scene, Renee. Fabulous new release items as well!

Charne said...

Lovely! You did a great job with the wc!

Unknown said...

Being new to AI,just wanted to say I LOVE EVERYTHING I have seen...and this new mini set, AWESOME!!! Gates and OLD DOORS and unique door handle pictures are some of my favorite pieces of art. I am recovering from a stroke that paralyzed my left side (yes, I was left handed but I am learning to do everything right handed... I love making my cards it has been my inspiration that kept me from depression. Thank you for sharing your works of art!!!

Renee Matarese said...

I'm so sorry to hear what you've been through but it's great that you're keeping positive. It's wonderful that crafting has been an outlet for you. You're right! EVERYTHING at Art Impressions is wonderful!

Kerry said...

Renee, I agree with Sharon, this is absolutely stunning!!! Love, love, love!!!! <3

Tami said...

When will the winners be announced from the last challenge? and I am excited to play in this one as well

She's a Color Queen said...

Beautiful Renee!