Saturday, August 5, 2017

NEW Series! Watercolor Weekend Roundup!

Hello, Ai Watercolor Fans!

Say hello to our first ever Watercolor Weekend Roundup! We know you love our watercolor line, and wanted to provide you with even more inspiration! Please welcome our Watercolor Guest Design Team members, Dot Freel, Tricia Kennedy and Tricia O'Bin! Every first and third Saturday on the blog, we will show a project each of these talented ladies has made. Let's take a look at their fabulous projects!

Hello.  I'm so excited to show you the first card I made as a guest designer for my most favorite stamp company - Art Impressions!  I really love barns and I think a quilt should be painted on all of them.  I love how Iowa, where my best friend Jamie lives, has a lot of barns with quilts painted on the barn sides or doors.  I'm also a quilter which is another reason why I love barns with quilts painted on them.
 The Old Barn stamp set is truly my most favorite of all of the Art Impressions watercolor stamps.  I have used it more than any other set except for the Foliage set 1 which is an absolute necessity if you are going to make these wonderful scenes.  I added the quilt to the barn stamp by using a ruler and a Micron Pigma Pen.  I used Marvy Pens and Strathmore watercolor paper to watercolor this scene.  I added Distress Mosaic Glaze to the water to make it look wet.  I rounded all of the corners of my card and background papers using a corner rounder from Michael's, then used my tape runner to tape everything in place.  

I have a few of my barns framed and placed around my house but I am beyond thrilled that the Art Impressions booth will have this card I made as an example at the future Scrapbook Expos.  Click here to see the schedule and maybe you can attend a watercolor class near you!  I'm still hoping to attend one myself.

Art Impressions Products: 4807 Old Barn (Barn, tree and fence), 4051 Foliage Set 1 (small grass and leaves), 4774 Stamp Positioner4773 Acrylic Block 5 PackWC Brush NO. 4, Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Other Supplies: Distress Mosaic GlazeMicron Pigma Pen 01 (drew quilt using ruler), Scotch tape runner, corner rounder punch 

I stamped the center "selective color" pot, flowers and foliage with three markers #45 sepia, #65 iris purple and #15 olive green.  Using water and a paintbrush, I watercolored the Art Impressions way by pulling out the color from the stamped image, fussy cut it out, added foam squares to the back and set aside.  Next I stamped and watercolored the two "sketched" images in #12 grey.  I attached the "selective color" piece in the center.  I chose a silver 3 1/2 x 5 frame which compliments the "sketched" background.  I love how the selective color technique gives a sketched look and just the perfect pop of color.  This could easily be made into a card or a scrapbook page embellishment.  

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 45 Sepia55 Iris Purple15 Olive Green12 Grey
Other Supplies: Foam Squares, Post It Notes

I created this card using the vase from the WC Ornate Container Set. I filled it with the vine from the WC Foliage Set 2 New, and flowers from the Chest of Flowers and WC Flower Set 2. I cut out the vase with a circle die and popped it up. I added a sentiment from the WC Sentiments Set and added some Gina K Designs Lemon Drop ink to the circle. The background is done with Brushos on watercolor paper.

Wow, what fantastic projects! Be sure to leave some comment love to welcome our Guest Design Team! Did they inspire you to try a new technique? We would love to hear what you think in the comments! You can also visit their personal blogs or Instagram accounts for even more inspiration!

Dot's Blog & Instagram
Tricia K's Instagram
Tricia O's Blog & Instagram

Happy Watercolor Weekend!
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