When it's my turn to pick colors and a dessert option for the Color Challenge, I try to pick something that will stretch our skills, at least a little bit. Well, this week I certainly challenged myself! I am not an artist, can't draw at all, but was intrigued by a
post and video by Kristina Werner, in which she shows no-line watercoloring, and an amazing watercolor technique; and she ends up with a stunning card. I treated myself to the set of watercolors she used, and since I already had the stamp set, I was in business!
I must admit to copying her layout, almost exactly. I used only three colors of paint (as close as I could get to this week's colors), and mixed the turquoise- and saffron-like colors to get the pretty green I used for the leaves. There is a background of very pale blue wash that I created from the same turquoise paint by watering it down a lot!
This was certainly a learning experience for me! The pink peonies came out pretty darned nice, and I am happy with them. But I found that when you start with a light color (yellow), you get very little color gradation. Duh! I was afraid the yellow peonies would photograph as a big blob, so I put the cardstock in my MISTI and re-stamped the outlines right over the watercolored flowers, using a darker color of Distress ink. I think that helped.
I am a little surprised that some of the original stamped lines still show. I expected them to disappear when the watercolors hit them. Don't know why they didn't! Oh, and I intended to paint on the smooth side of the watercolor paper and realized just as I was finishing up that I had painted on the rough side!
Thanks for stopping by, and please play along with us this week!