Watercolour Flowers using Blended Seasons from Stampin’ Up!
I have played with watercolouring but never been overly happy with what I have done. But the simplicity of the Blended Season stamps (Colour Your Season) makes it so easy and after watching a Youtube video decided to give it ago again.This time I took my time not rushing for that instant finish, but doing it section by section and letting it dry before moving onto the next section. I think this is the key – taking your time, letting the water move the colour and allowing the work dry or settle.
I started with a piece of Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Paper and clear embossed the flower image from the stamp set. The embossing acts like a pool wall allowing the water to fill the area and as long as I didn’t over fill then it didn’t flood. I worked on one petal at a time and with my Aqua Painter covered the petal with clean water. Then picking up a small amount of ink from the ink pad lid I touched the petal at its base and let the water carry the colour around the petal. Cleaning my brush and adding extra water were needed but also keeping some areas white. Just going back and forth adding a little colour at a time on that one petal until I achieved the shading and depth of colour I wanted.
When I moved onto the next petal I missed one and did the next, so then the petal I was working on wasn’t next to one I had just finished. This allows the petal to dry and not getting one petal bleeding into another.
I did the same with the leaves by not working on two leaves next to each other and just going back adding small amounts of colour where needed.
At this point I let it dry before moving on.
I decided I needed to add some shading around the flowers and leaves, so again just working in small sections but this time blending all the sections together. Starting with a watered down ink just worked my way around the area, blending the edges out to nothing so as not to get any harsh lines. Then going back and slowly adding more colour where needed.
The ink pad colours I used where Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow and Gray Granite….
Only three colours, but the way the water pulls the colour out giving all theses different shades and just going back slowly adding more colour. As the paper drys you have stronger colour in those areas that there wasn’t as much water.
I am so pleased with the way this has turned out and wanted to leave the flowers for all their glory and not cover with a large sentiment. So I found a “Happy Birthday” stamp from the Very Vintage Hostess Rewards Stamp set and embossed it in white embossing powder onto Basic Black cardstock. The water colour paper I doubled matted in in Mossy Meadow and Merry Merlot and attached to a Mossy Meadow Card base.
I’m looking forward to trying this again but maybe without the embossing and giving the “No- line or very light line” watercolouring ago…so stay tuned!
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