Hello, dear friends! Well, would you believe I’ve dared to try water coloring again? Yes, and it really takes practice, practice, practice. And I still need more, but here’s another card that was inspired by this dress. I really loved so many dresses and had a hard time picking one, and I love wearing dresses myself, since we live in South Florida. I stamped my image in Old Paper distress ink and then started with the leaves (Peeled Paint and a little Mowed Lawn later), the dahlias (Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Barn Door, and a little Abandoned Coral), the blue flowers (Blueprint Sketch), yellow flowers (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber). I added some extra yellow and blue flowers by just dabbing – and I must say that it was fun and something I’ll try again! I especially like the blue ones in the top left. I finally decided to try a color wash around the image in Antique Linen and wish I hadn’t. But it was too late – live and learn, right? Since I love blue, I decided on a blue mat and a cream card base – and that was that. I still have a long way to go, and I keep looking at Sallie’s and Linda’s amazing work for inspiration, among others. And I will keep practicing, especially since I finally bought some good brushes that really help a lot.
So, sweet friends, thanks for taking a closer look at my card, and I hope you like it. It was absolutely fun to take part in this week’s Inspiration Challenge. I look at it every week and just can’t seem to get a card done as quickly as so many of you can. I am a tortoise, and it takes me a long time to decide what to do and then make a card. I so admire the hares on SCS! Have a great weekend, my friends! Hugs!
Date: Friday, June 17, 2016 GMT Views: 2068
Registered: December 16, 2008 Location: Woodinville, Washington Posts: 11503
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 7:28 PM
WOW! What a gorgeous card! Truly inspiration genius (fav'd and pinned)! Thank you so much for joining us this week as our guest hostess! Everyone LOVES your art so much, so I feel very honored to have you on the challenge with us this week! Thank you for a wonderful inspiration site - it's perfect!
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Registered: May 18, 2004 Location: Southwest Michigan Posts: 30118
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 8:02 PM
Wow, wow, wow - this flew off the screen and straight into my favorites! I think your watercoloring looks great, and I agree, it does take tons of practice ; I'm nowhere close to this! I love the combination of vivid red and blue - stunning!
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Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22709
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 8:40 PM
Cheryl, anything you do is amazing! It's beautiful! Water color is hard and had the luxury of seeing Sallie's paintings. WOWZERS! You are SO right- it's hard and her advice of buying better brushes was spot on contrary to on line watercolor classes! Huge difference. Love the color combo in this and the beautiful image you chose!
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Registered: January 27, 2010 Location: Southern Ontario, Canada Posts: 39575
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 @ 4:12 AM
Oh my goodness, this is beautiful Cheryl. Yes, watercolouring is hard, but so worth the results and the time spent is "time well spent". Love this, love your colour choices and your matting. Wonderful.
Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 36286
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 @ 5:41 AM
Cheryl you can color in any medium! This is so lovely! It reminds me of some vintage china plates that I have from my grandmother. And I think the wash (that you weren't happy with) adds to the vintage feeling of the design. Gorgeous! :) Keep watercoloring!!
Registered: June 22, 2004 Location: Ontario, Canada Posts: 105564
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 @ 6:19 AM
Loved to see that you were part of this challenge today!! I just had to play along. Love your beautiful card....I think it looks wonderful and the washed bkg is really lovely and brings the flowers to the forefront of your card...
Have a great wknd.