Friday, October 9, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day Nine

Hello Friends! It's Friday! Yaaaay! We made it through another week. Anyone have any big plans for the weekend? Share in the comments, I'd love to know what you're up to!

Okay, so I finished the faux hand painting of the pumpkin from yesterday's post. I decided to stay with the same clean and simple design I used for the first card I created using this image. I also used the same stamp set for the greeting. I rather like what Christi said, that it looks hand written. I concur!

Here's a look at my finished project...Click on the images to enlarge them.

You know, I don't say this about much of my artwork, but...I LOVE HOW THIS TURNED OUT! Oh my goodness, you should see it in real life! God really blessed my hands while I was painting this. And I was truly grateful for that! It's such a sweet simple card and I hope that someone buys it and shares it. After it was all dry, I went over the image with a clear Wink of Stella. And the sparkle is amazing!

I am working with a new watercolor paper, it's Canson XL 140# cold press. And it is magical! I still really like the Stratmore 140# cold press, as well, but with this Canson, the ink just blends like buttah! Just in case you're wondering...I purchased the Canson XL at Walmart, it has a blue cover. And I buy my Strathmore paper from Michael's and it has a yellow cover. I really like using the textured side of the watercolor paper, because to me that's part of the beauty of a watercolor painting, seeing the texture through the paint. So, that's what I did here.

I've said it before, I really could toss all of my Copic markers to the side and just watercolor. That's how much I love this medium. It's so relaxing and so freeing. I just love it! Especially this faux hand painting technique.

After the image was dry, I stamped the greeting, using my MISTI for perfect placement. Then, I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it onto my card base with foam tape. I used a piece of GinaK Designs Pumpkin Spice card stock for my card base. I really love the weight of this card stock, I don't use it nearly enough.

***Note for Christi-You asked if I die cut the paper before or after I color. And if the tape I use leaves a residue. I usually die cut it first. This time was an exception because I was going in a different direction when I planned the card. After I was finished, I decided to ditch my original design. So, I had to die cut it afterwards. The blue Painter's Tape that I use on my watercolor board, is very low tack and does not leave a residue. I have, however, left it on too long and it ripped my card stock. Ugh! Thanks for your question!***

Here are the two cards side by side...

How fun! Same image done two different ways. Faux hand painting on the left and embossed watercoloring on the right. I think I want to try it with colored pencils next. Here's an interesting tidbit: both of these images were watercolored with the exact same colors. Isn't it interesting how the brown embossing changes the look of the image?

Here's a look at how I finished the inside of the card.

I die cut a piece of card stock, using the stitched rectangle die and then stamped the little pumpkin in a light colored ink. And that finished the card.

Thank you so much for visiting me today! Have a fantastic Friday!


stamp set: Harvest of Wishes(GinaK Designs) "grateful" is from Falling Into Autumn(Newton's Nook)
card stock: Pumpkin Spice(GinaK Designs)   Very Vanilla(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Canson XL 140# cold press watercolor paper
ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink(Ranger)  Memento Rich Cocoa(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring media: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen: #046 Mid Green   Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon Distress Markers(Ranger)
other: #0 paint brush(Grumbacher)


Jeanne said...

Weekend plans? I got 'em this weekend. My daughter has a football game tonight, so we'll be there helping during half-time. She has a long band practice tomorrow that I may end up having to participate in toward the end. Have some car maintenance things that need to get done and we'll round out the weekend at a friend's house for a little get together on Sunday. Whew! You asked. Hee, hee! I hope I can squeeze a little play time in there somewhere. I might have jinxed myself by saying that, though. As for the card...I am truly grateful you shared this, Barb. It is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why you really like this card. There is something magical about the way your watercoloring turned out. Blessed with mega talent is what you are! I was floored at how different the two pumpkins look. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing what you are creating. I so appreciate everything you do! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs! :)

stampmonkey said...

Barb, you have done such a beautiful job of the faux hand painting technique with this sweet little pumpkin! This truly does look hand painted! And the sentiment sure does look handwritten! {I'm just thankful that there are others who can draw so that people like me can have fun coloring them and creating cards like yours...I couldn't draw to save my life.} Yes, I'd say God has blessed your hands...but not just on this pumpkin --all your cards are beautifully made! And it really is truly amazing how different the two pumpkins look on the different cards you made using that image. They're both very pretty, but I'm really drawn to this one...maybe it's the truer colors {is that even a word??}.

I never jumped on the Copic bandwagon, and after reading your comment about loving watercoloring even more than using them, I don't feel like I missed out too much --thanks for that! ;) I have been looking for the Zig Real Color markers you've mentioned and haven't found them at our local Hobby Lobby or Michael's. I know they're not the same, but I'm wondering what the difference is between those and the {very old} CTMH markers I have?? I have hardly ever pulled them out and think it would be nice to be able to incorporate them in some way without looking like a preschooler who was let loose with her first pack of crayons. ;P

Oh, and thanks so much for the answer to my question regarding when you cut your panel. And thanks, too, for your comments on the different watercolor papers. Always interesting to see what others use and prefer, and why.

"See" you tomorrow. ;)