Saturday, January 30, 2016

OCC Watercolor Intermediate Day 6

Today, guest artists demonstrated examples of the Day 5 lesson, Expressive Florals and Leaves.  After watching the guest artists I just sat down and started to dab color on the paper and sure enough I got flower shapes. I also drew the bowl in watercolor paint and it actually looks like a bowl.  This was the last lesson, and honestly this is one of the best classes I have ever taken at OCC.  There is so much information that you can build on to make wonderful creations.

This is what I created today.

Soooo it was hard for me to call this done, I wanted to do something else to it, but in the end I let it be.:)  That is kinda stressed in this class, less is more sometimes.  The sentiment is from SSS Happy and Smile. I stamped this with my MISTI, and glad I did because watercolor paper really needs a couple of impressions to make it dark enough. I used a round brush and Kuratake Gansai Tambi paints on Arches 140 lb Cold Pressed watercolor paper. 

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon.

OCC Watercolor Intermediate Day 5

The lesson today was  Expressive Florals and Leaves .  I enjoyed this lesson, I really like how loose it was, which surprises me, because I am all about structure. ;)  It was very relaxing when I was practicing the strokes.  This is an example of what I did.

This was done with a  round brush on Arches 140 lb. Cold Pressed watercolor paper.  I used Kuratake Gansai Tambi pan paints.  I loosely made some flowers. drew in a branch and then leaves. Once it was dry I added some highlights by adding additional paint of 'lifting' some of the paint off.  That was pretty much all I did.   I used a SSS die cut for the 'hello' and adhered the card front onto a black card base. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

OCC Watercolor Intermediate-Day 4

Let's just say the technique samples that the guest artists demonstrated today were spectacular!  The lesson continued with Stamped Scenes.  This is what I made:

I stamped the flower image from Lawn Fawn's Our Friendship Grows and watercolored on Arches 140 lb Cold Pressed watercolor paper using Kuratake Gunsai Tambi water colors.  I received these watercolors for a Christmas gift (my husband was listening).  :)   Still working on technique but I am getting more comfortable.  I first did a watercolor wash in light blue, then stamped the images.  The sentiment is heat embossed on black cardstock in white.

Thanks for coming by, see you soon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

OCC Watercolor Intermediate Day 3

The lesson today was pretty intense, lol!!  I am still trying to process all the wonderful, fantastic information. The lesson demonstrated how to watercolor stamped scenes, that sounds pretty easy, right?  Nope!  Dawn showed us techniques to define and highlight to make the image your own. It definitely takes practice, because the results could be breathtaking.  I tried many, many (many) times to get something that didn't look like a blob. :)

Here is what I did:

This is a beginning, I used the techniques that were in today's lesson, hopefully I will get better with them. :)  This image is from Penny Black.  It a  favorite of mine,  and after trying other stamps this is the one that worked best for me. The sentiment is heat embossed on vellum in white embossing powder. I die cut the front and adhered it to fun foam and then to the card front.

I am going to go practice some more and see what happens.

See you soon

Supplies: Arches Hot Pressed 140 lb Watercolor paper, Sakura Koi watercolors, Penny Black Blooming Garden, Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Border dies. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

OCC Watercolor Intermediate Day 2 Take Two

Somehow my link got corrupted when I tried to link up to the OCC site and lost the second card I did, so I am just posting the pic on this page.  The explanation of how I made this card is on my first post today.  :)

Thanks see ya later!

OCC Watercolor Intermediate-Day 2

Today's lesson were demonstrations by  guest artists of the brush techniques we learned yesterday.  This class has already more than met my expectations.  The example from Jennifer R. was a free hand watercolored rose that she turned into a card.  It was lovely, so this is my attempt.

I have to say I didn't do too badly. :)  Once I watercolored the rose, I die cut the word die from the front of the watercolored piece, and then from fun foam.  Jennifer used black foam but suggested that  pink or green foam might look good too.  I had pink foam so that is what I used and I really like how it peeks out from behind the word.  I have to tell you though that I had to use a metal shim to die cut the watercolored paper.  It was Arches 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor paper.  I tried Hot Pressed yesterday, but I kind of like this one a little better.  It certainly dried fast.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  After die cutting it, I mounted in on deep pink cardstock.

This second card was a sample that  Laura Bassen demonstrated.

I stamped watercolor paper with a block die from Hero Arts with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Once dried I used a circle die and watercolors to create the pattern.  I diecut the word die from dark grey cardstock and then used glossy accents so it would stand out a little more.  The sentiments are heat embossed on dark grey cardstock with white embossing powder.  I mounted the card front onto dark grey cardstock and then on a white card base. I am learning how much lighter watercolors are once they have dried (this seemed dark as I was painting it) . :)

Thanks for coming by and I'll be back soon.

Supplies Used: Rose Card: Stamps: Winnie & Walter-The Big, The Bold and the Happy. Dies: SSS Congrats die, Sakura Koi Watercolors. Emboss Resist Card-Stamp Sets: SSS I See You and Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and the Happy. Dies: SSS Hello Die, Sizzix Circle Dies.  Sakura Koi Watercolors.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Love is in The Air+Use Red.  Valentine's Day cards are one of my favorite cards to make.  I love giving and receiving them!!  This is what I made for the challenge.

Using the image from SSS Roses for You I stamped the heart image on watercolor paper and used distress inks to watercolor it, and I fussy cut them out.   I heat embossed the little rose and leaf images with white embossing powder for the background.  I watercolored them with distress inks and  I placed the cut out hearts over the background.   The sentiment is heat embossed on black cardstock in white.  I added some small enamel dots and gems to the card front. 

Thanks for coming by see you soon.

Supplies: Stamps: SSS Roses for You, Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and the Happy.  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper, Distress Inks:  Candied Apple, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, and Spun Sugar

OCC Watercolor Intermediate-Day 1

I love all the beautiful watercolor pieces I see online and really wanted to learn these techniques.  This class has been so informative and it is only the first day!! Dawn Woleslagle is the instructor and I have always loved her work, she is also the owner of Wplus9, and her products are outstanding. 
Today was jam packed with a lot of information and I think I am going to have to watch the videos a couple of times to get some the info to stick! :)  I did some practice pieces, and seriously I am going to need a lot more practice.  I felt rushed today, so tomorrow I am going to take a little more time and try to get better pieces.  This is what I did today.

Wet on Wet using a balloon die and round brush.
Mixing watercolor pigment with different amounts of  water to create different shades.

I am not really happy with these results, but I will give it another go tomorrow. 

See you soon!

Supplies:  Arches Hot Press 140 lb. Watercolor paper, Winsor and Newton Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow

Saturday, January 23, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch #156

I saw the sketch for the Case this Sketch #156,   I knew I wanted to do this challenge.

So pretty!  

This is a Penny Black stamp that I have always loved and it came to mind when I saw this sketch. After stamping the image on watercolor paper, I watercolored it with Sakura Koi watercolors.  I die cut the watercolor piece and the black cardstock piece behind it.  I adhered both of them on  patterned paper.  The sentiment is heat embossed on black cardstock.

Thanks for coming by and stay warm!

Supplies Used: Stamps: Penny Black Tweet Wishes, SSS Postage Stamp Edge dies. Sakura Koi water colors

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Paper Smooches Challenge-January 2016

I was making valentines for friends and relatives and just incorporated one of those into the Paper Smooches January Challenge, which is a 4-color challenge.

This is for my grandson, because he is nine and not really into 'mushy stuff'.  He loves shaker cards so I made sure to include that in the card.  The sentiment seems really appropriate for him, especially for Valentine's day.  I used distress inks for the card, the four colors were: Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, Spun Sugar and Candied Apple.  I really like this color combo.  I used seed beads as the shaker element. The dots on the die cut are the  holly berry stamps from Paper Smooches Holly Jolly  and the little dot stamp from Lovely Thoughts.

Hope you like I am going to go and make more cards.  See you soon.

Supplies used: Stamps: Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler, Lovely Thoughts, and Holly Jolly. Dies: Paper Smooches Duo Die 2. Tim Holtz Distress inks.