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Working with Watercolours

Hi friends! As you know, bright, happy colours, mixed media and rainbows has been dominating my artwork recently. I’ve also added butterflies to that list! It’s interesting that they are all symbolic of promises, growth and rebirth. Coincidence? Maybe not 🤷‍♀️

I began with watercoloring strips across a fresh sheet of white card stock- beginning with yellow and terminating with aqua. I added splatter with my watercolours, as well. After matting the photo of Ava, our family feline, to white card stock, I stamped do not in the same colours as the watercoloring. Disturb was cut with my Cricut. I used the SignPainter font again.

How did I create the stamped title? I just overlapped the alphas, stamping with light ink colours. Each phrase was then fussy cut out.

This page is super simple- I stamped flowers and fussy cut them out after either colouring them with Spectrum Noir markers or ink blending. The ones that got ink blended live on the lines that change colour, so they display more than one colour. They’re secretly my favourites. Some of the flowers also have some sewing thread peeking out from underneath them, once again in the same colour as the painted lines beneath it.

To complete the layout, I sprinkled butterflies (they were given a coat of clear shimmer), and enamel dots (in the same colour as each colour block) around the page.

Thanks for joining me today! Are you inspired to try watercoloring yet? Here’s a little secret: I’ve found I do not need to prime my card stock with gesso beforehand, because I’m not using enough water to soak through the paper. Each application is light. If I brush over one spot too much, the paper will pill a bit, but if I keep it minimal, the paper is just fine. It does try to curl up on you after it dries, but with a bit of gentle persuasion, it straightened out fairly well. Of course, matting your white card stock to a dry sheet of card stock helps flatten it out.

Happy crafting!

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