Monday, March 16, 2015

Day 13 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

 Hello Friends! I hope Monday was kind to you. I had a lot to accomplish today, but after the dust settled, I went into The Hive and did a little watercoloring to relax.

Here is my cast of characters. I will be using a few of the butterflies today.

I stamped the images onto the textured side of some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used this ink because it's a pigment ink, which means it stays wet for a while, so it can be used for embossing. Next, I sprinkled on clear super fine embossing powder. I do this because black embossing powder is a beast to work with. It gets every where, all over everything and it leaves a haze on the card stock. That has been my experience. I prefer this method, no mess, no fuss. After I heat set the powder, I let it cool for a bit, then began my watercoloring.

I decided to share a picture of my work surface while I was actually working on it. I always show the cleaned up version.

 I just smoosh the ink pads onto my craft sheet, keeping the ink pad near the smear, for reference, and I pick up color as I need it. It's so convenient to have all the colors right at my fingertips. It makes mixing colors quick and easy. I did the same technique that I've shared in previous posts. I wet the area I want to add the color to and then I dampen my paint brush, pick up some color and tap it into the wet area and let the water move it around. If the paper seems too dry, I add a bit more water and the color begins to move again. Once I'm happy with my painting, I set it aside and let it air dry.

 And that is it! Thank you for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!


stamp set: Flora & Fauna 1(WPlus9 Design Studio)
card stock: Tim Holtz Watercolor Distress(Ranger)
ink: Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)  
coloring medium: Distress Inks-Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge(Ranger)
other: Clear Gloss Super Fine embossing powder(WOW)


Jeanne said...

Absolutely beautiful, Ms. Barb! Love the colors you chose and I appreciate your sharing the tips, the steps and your work surface. Your final result is so pretty. Great work! :)

Pat said...

Visiting from djkardkreations today...I must thank her for the introduction. Love your work and was compelled to comment on your coloring of the beautiful butterflies. I also just found out how wonderfully easy it is to use the craft sheet as a palette of sorts. I appreciate the tip of keeping the ink pad next to its easy and a habit I hope to get into.(p.s. I don't have a blog; but I follow many which keeps me up-to-date and educated.) TFS

Sheila H said...

Wow, Barb, your butterflies are so realistic and beautiful.

Tami said...

Gorgeous Watercoloring on the wplus9 butterflies! I LOVE how you show your "Cast of Characters"! It's so nice to see everything that is being used for the project in a photo! I wish everyone did this!! Thanks so much!