Saturday, December 16, 2017

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Christmas Inspiration

Happy Saturday, Ai Fans! Our design team has been busy working on more wintery inspiration for you this holiday season! Please enjoy these fabulous, snowy projects from our Watercolor Guest Design Team! See something you like? Don't forget to "follow" them on social media to see more beautiful projects in your feed!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends, I'm busy making and sending Christmas cards. I made this one using the new 4961 - WC Mini Cottages Set. I used the new 4964 - WC Branches Set to make the trees. For the pinery I used the new 4867 - Foliage Set 2 and the bushes are from 4604 - the Chest of Flowers set. I used some Zig Wink of Stella to add glitter to the snow which doesn't photograph well but it is so pretty in person! I hope you have tried it. I used a Uni-ball Signo pen to add the snow to the sky and the smoke to the chimneys. Our next Watercolor Weekend will be in January so happy holidays to you all!

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
I’d like to wish every a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season from Arizona! My project for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend represents a little piece of where I live.

I wanted a tall saguaro-type cactus to feature Christmas lights, so I modified the barrel cactus from 4763-Southwest. Start by inking up about two thirds of the right two lines of the barrel cactus from 4763-Southwest and stamp near the top of your watercolor paper. Clean off the stamp and ink up the left two lines of the barrel cactus from 4763-Southwest and stamp next to the previous impression using your stamp positioner. Now you have the top of a tall saguaro-type cactus. You will complete the cactus in a bit. Next stamp the clay pot from 4763-Southwest roughly 1 ½ inches below the top of the saguaro-type cactus. Place a post-it note to mask off the pot and stamp the prickly pear cactus then the agave cactus from 4763-Southwest. At this point you can draw in the lines of the saguaro-type cactus down into the pot. Pull the color from the lines using your brush and water. Scribble a little 8 Violet and 72 Pine Greenonto your palette and add to the prickly pear cactus. Draw in the lines for the Christmas lights in a zig-zag pattern down the saguaro-type cactus using the fine tip of 18 Dark Brown. Draw little circles for the Christmas bulbs with the fine tip of 2 Red. Add shadow detail and needles to the cacti with 15 Olive Green and 72 Pine Green. Scribble 45 Sepia on your palette to add shadow detail to the pot. And on the pot, add line detail with 45 Sepia and 86 African Violet. Brush in the clouds using 60 Salvia Blue. The final step is to add glossy accents to each red bulb.
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 2 Red, 8 Violet, 15 Olive Green, 18 Dark Brown, 45 Sepia, 60 Salvia Blue, 72 Pine Green, 86 African Violet
Other: Glossy Accents, Post-It Notes

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

I stamped the snowglobe with African Violet. I used the Molotow art masking fluid to the snowglobe to create snow. Once the masking fluid was dry, I then pulled the color out of the lines along the outside of the globe. I stamped the base in Sepia. I added additional Sepia from the color palette

I stamped the snowy tree from the WC Tree Set inside the snowglobe with Pine Green. I pulled the color out of the lines. I added African Violet from the palette around the tree to create the snow shadows and over the masking fluid. 

Using the fir trees large fir top I stamped it a few times at the top in Pine Green. I added berries with the fine tip of the English Red marker. I also added a base underneath the globe with English Red from the palette.

Once the entire piece was dry, I removed the masking fluid and added some Wink of Stella to the white areas of the snow. I added some white gel pen to the tree for some additional snow.

I used the rectangle stitched die to cut the piece out and adhered it to a Pine Green card base.
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 86 African Violet45 Sepia28 English Red72 Pine Green

Great work, team! Makes us want to get watercoloring our own cards right now! These are beautiful ideas for this year's Christmas cards - and beautiful for New Years or other occasions, too! Did you know you can share your projects with us on our Facebook Page, and also on Instagram with #AiWatercolor? We would love to see your cards any day of the year! That's a wrap for our last Watercolor Weekend of 2017, we can't wait to see you again with fresh ideas for 2018! Happy Stamping!


Karen Day said...

Simply amazing, ladies!

Cheri Burry said...

Wow you guys have done it again! Awesome watercolour creations!

Sharon Caudle said...

Wow!!! I always look forward to your posts!! Gorgeous work!!

katieo said...

Beautiful watercolors