Saturday, April 3, 2021

Watercolor Roundup 4.3.21 : Easter Treasures

Hello, Ai Fans!

Welcome to another Watercolor Roundup!

This weekend our Watercolor Design Team has some creative, inspiring creations for you!

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

Happy Watercolor Weekend!  Are you ready for your spring inspiration? 

 I know you are as ready as I am, so let’s go! 

The Die Cutting

To start off I cut my watercolor card down to 2 7/8 x 7 7/8.  I wanted to make sure I wasn't going to have to cut it down after I was done.  Next, I lined up my alphabet dies spelling out Spring onto my glass mat, added purple tape across the letters to hold them together, lined them up and ran them through my die cutting machine.  I am going to leave the letters in the piece for now. 

The Water Coloring

I used my Rugged Cross stamp, inked up with 969 and stamped it in between the "I" and "N" in Spring.  I used water and pulled the color slowly out of the sides and bottom of the cross, this creates a really nice dark shadow.  Using brush strokes I added additional color to the cross to create a wood effect with lighter and darker areas.  Make sure you are leaving white space to create a more realistic three dimensional look.

Once the cross was completed, I added some vines using the vine from the Original Foliage set inked with 249.  You don't have to use a lot of greenery on the cross to get your point across, sometimes less is more.  I used the small dots flower inked with 815 and stamped it several times around the foliage. I added water to the leaves and flowers.

On the right side, I stamped the sitting bunny inked with 969, pulled the color out of the lines and added a small amount of 815 to the bunny's ear.  Next, I inked the standing bunny and stamped him on the left side of the card.  I placed the bunnies this way so they were facing towards the middle of the card.  

In order to ground the bunnies, I inked the small grass and inked it up with 249.  I pulled the color up and out of the lines.  Using the same grass, I added it in several areas beneath the "P" and "R".  Again, I pulled the color up and out.  Next, I inked up the left and right flowers (not sure what they are called, they look like tulips to me) with 249 and 606.  I didn't ink the entire stamp, just about halfway (I'm lazy and didn't want to mask it off, LOL).  I added water to just the blooms (sometimes I like to add a little more color from my palette to the bottom of the blooms for more dimension).  

It looked a little off balance, so I added some more grass to the right side under the "N".  I inked up the lilies with 815 and 249 (again, not all the way down).  I added some blue to my palette with a lot of water and painted in the sky around the letters and cross.  Make sure to leave enough white space for your butterfly and bird if you want to include them in your design.

I inked the bird up with 969 and stamped it off 3 times so that it would be really light.  I added some additional blue to the bird, layering to get some darker values.  I inked up the butterfly with 3 different colors.  The body with 969, and then added 815 to the wings and layered 606 on the edges.  I stamped it and using my #1 Paintbrush to pull some of the color out of the lines. So, as you can see I forgot to sign and date my work (I have subsequent to typing this blog post.)  So, don't forget to sign your original artwork!

Want to know how I put the card together?  Head on over to my blog for all the deets!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - PinterestYouTube

Happy Easter weekend!

I hope you like my card for the Art Impression's Watercolor Weekend!
It was easy and fun to make. 

To make it yourself, stamp the sleeping bunny from the 5016 Mini Critter set inked in Tombow N52. Next stamp and cut out a mask for it out of post it tape. Stamp the wagon from the 4875 Garden Mini Set also inked in the N52. Ink the larger bunny from the 4874 Bunnies Set inked in 969. 

Use masking tape to cover the wagon top edge and stamp the watering can from the 5012 Wishing Well Mini Set inked in N52. Stamp the flower pot from the 4869 Small Container Set inked in 969. Stamp the flowers inside it from the 4868 Flower Set 2 inked in 177 and 755. Dab at them with a wet brush, then pull the color our of the lines on the pot and add 977 from the palette. Pull the color out of the lines on the watering can and then add some of the N52 from the palette. Add the N52 to the wheels and bars under the wagon. 

Watercolor the wagon with 291. Shade it with 565. Pull the color out of the lines of the bunny under the wagon and add a little bit of the 565 to shade it.  The cheeks and ears of the bunnies are 803. Add the 977 to the big bunny where he would be darkest. Darken their eyes and draw the whiskers with a pencil or fine black pen. 

Stamp the bird from the 4966 Bird Bath Set inked in 969, using a stamp positioner. Color his belly in N52 and his feathers in 969. Darken his eye and any washed out lines, if needed, with a fine black pen. Stamp the grasses from the wagon set inked in 177.  Stamp the grass from the 4051 Foliage Set 1 inked in 177 and use some of that to cover the ground in front. T

hen use some 565 to shade under the bunnies and wagon.  Color the sky with 526. I used a white Uni-ball Signo Gel pen to add white dots to the wagon. I used my label maker to make the Happy Easter sentiment. I cut it out using the 5061 Square Double Stitched Dies because of the Square It Up Challenge on the Ai Blog.  

Karen Day - Blog - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

 Hello Ai Watercolor fans!

I have an Easter slimline card to share today!  Many of the Ai Bible Journaling sets work beautifully on long slim cards, so I began by pulling out 5374 - Lily Border Set, and placed it in my Misti.

I coloured the entire image in Tombow Dual Brush Marker #N65 Cool Grey 5, as I wanted a fairly soft outline of the lilies - and stamped it onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor Paper.  With a damp brush, I pulled out the colour, mainly from the middle of each bloom, to add a bit of shading.  I avoided the outer edges, as I didn't want to blurr the shape of each flower.  I picked up #076 Green Ochre and #177 Dark Jade from my palette, and painted in the stems and leaves, concentrating the darker colour where the shadows are.  I added a watered down bit of #991 Light Ochre to parts of the petals to add a bit of warmth, and then stamped the stamens in #933 Orange inside each flower.  I went in directly with my #947 Burnt Sienna marker to darken the centers.  #533 Peacock Blue was painted as the background, with a little #565 Deep Blue in some spots, as well as on the leaves and flowers for a bit of extra shading.

For my card base, I blended 5 colours of Distress Oxide inks, from a deep red/orange fading down to white, and then I splattered it with some gold metallic paint and water.  I wrapped a piece of green cardstock with some fine gold thread, then the image was diecut with a slimline die, and adhered with 3D foam adhesive to the green mat.  The sentiment is from the Exclusive Daisy Set available at

Hope you enjoyed this weekend's inspiration, and Happy Stamping!

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