Hello from Scotland! I’m visiting with the supersweet Debby Hughes right now – oh my GOSH I’m so excited to get to see her on her home turf!
I thought I’d take a little Scottish inspiration from fabrics for today’s project. I looked for ideas on the internet – and wanted to figure out something to do with those patterns in watercolor, since I’ve been in watercolor mode preparing for this trip. Today’s video shares the results – using some masking fluid and easy waterocloring to make 2 versions of a fun soft watercolor background! Watch it below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.
I think I like the argyle better til I look at the tartan….then I’m sure I like the tartan on the smoother side of the Strathmore. Then I like the argyle better for the way it came out so soft where colors mix…oh man. I can’t decide. Can you?
Here’s a still comparing the two patterns on the two sides of the paper:
Ps…for those who are praying folks—please pray against this cold! My sister had one and I had held it off, but before getting on the train this am, I felt sniffles and a sore throat coming on. I had given my travel insurance (ie my cold meds) to her, and hope I fing more on the way to the train today…this cold ruined her trip, and I don’t want that same fate. Pray! 🙂
I’m on the second in my series on painting watercolor flowers, woohoo! I’m using my Koi again…..in preparation for my two-week trip to paint my way through Europe! This time it’s a more graphical style of painting – no background, just letting that white space speak on its own. (If you missed last week’s floral #1, click HERE.) Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.
I love the loose look of this style of watercolor flowers…and it might serve me well while traveling to Europe and trying to paint quickly! I’m not sure if the weather will be cooperative, so I’m looking for various ways of capturing what I see easily, in case it’s raining. Sadly it’s not spring, so I probably won’t have need to watercolor flowers. 🙂
Things of Note
Below I’m linking you to the supplies for both #1 and #2 in the series….so you can combine your purchases all in one. 🙂
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I’m beginning a watercolor flowers series as I prepare for my trip to Europe next month…soooo excited! But I seriously need to loosen up my watercolor skills. I’m also trying to play with all my different watercolor sets to figure out which to take with me…so look out for more coming up!
I wanted to make watercoloring something that would look like a freehand painting into something anyone could try…so I’m using stencils! In the video, I’ll show you where to place pencil lines for the petals – so pick up the stencil (links below) and paint along with me. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.
Watercolor flowers can be painted for cards – or for art on your wall! This one ended up on a card but would also have made a lovely gift if it were framed.
Next Friday I’ll share #2 in the series, and I decided to be nice and give you a heads up on the stencil I’ll be using…you can put it on the same order as this one and be ready to paint along with me. (I’m also linking to both watercolor papers used in these two videos – either one works great.)
I might continue this series if it’s popular – so leave some love here and on the video, and I’ll see if I can work up some more for you!
Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more. NOTE: some items are no longer available and have been removed.
On this last day of the old year, when things might seem to be winding down in a dull way…I thought I’d add some gold mist metallic sparkle and shine with my project and nudge us into the new year on a good foot!
Gold Mist Metallic Shaker cards
A few weeks back I shared some new gold watercolor paints with you…in a couple comments, people mentioned their hope that I had saved the water that I used. Well of course I had already done so, and spent a few weeks “reducing” the water to increase the proportion of shimmer in the water. (I show how I did that in the video.) And now that it’s all been reduced and put into a mister, I’m here with a video for you! You can watch below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.
Isn’t that just THE coolest? The paint set might be a little pricey, but you get use out of not only a little paint to make something shimmer – you get to use the water too! Here are stills of all that shimmer and shine.
It was a little challenging to adhere this second one; I carefully added more stamp runner adhesive to the back, wiping off a few spots where it peeked out of the x’s and o’s. I followed that up by sticking the insides of the o’s back into their places – all worth the effort in the long run!
Just LOOK at all that gold mist metallic shine. Mmmmm!
And in other huge news….guess who reposted my squirrel? I don’t think I’ve ever had thousands of likes in an hour! Wheeeeeeeeeee………
I’ll be back tomorrow, not with a video – but with my top 14 cards from the past year! It might take me all day today to figure it out and put the post together but I’m excited to crunch numbers and find out what was most popular! Be sure to pop on by. I’ll have a special treat tomorrow too!
I’m uber-excited about today’s tag video…SHIMMER! It’s been so hard to find any products that add shine to a card that are Operation-Write-Home-safe…but this appears to be just fine, at least in the ways it’s used in this video. Nothing rubs off…but OH the shine! Enjoy the video below…or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.
The colors in this paint set: Tibet Gold, Inka Gold, Arabic Gold, Pharaonen Gold, Luna Gold, and Schuppensilber.
The tags are each so very pretty…all with the same techniques, just applied a little differently. Shopping links, as always, at the end of the post!
Things of note
Don’t forget all your opportunities to get in on the contest to win a tag – you can comment here on the blog, over on YT, share it on social media….there will be 24 winners, so the odds are “ever in your favor!”
I’ve noticed some comments about the other videos at the end of each one of these tag videos; the ones that are coming up this week aren’t available to you yet. But I’m adding links as I get them posted. Patience. LOL!
Every holiday season, I think I link to THIS video and THIS one too. Kind of a tradition. And I may have to add THIS happy one! And maybe THIS one too. Geesh. So much holiday goodness out there.
It’s finally time to bring the Play Drawer to YouTube for once! I’ve been wanting to play with masking fluids (aka friskets) for a while, and have been collecting a few. I put them to the test in this video. Supplies are in the doobliedoo. Note that there are ways around some of the bloop issues shown – but I wanted to use the products as purchased before adapting – so stay tuned for an update soon on some other things I’m trying that are already meeting with more success. If you can’t see the video, click HERE to see it on YouTube.
Here’s a shot of the comparison of the four friskets, labelled. As you can see, none of the “color” of any of these transferred to the watercolor paper. (I used THIS cardstock for the test and card both.)
And because a number of you have been asking…it’s THIS color today. *grin*
A few other things to share….
I was humbled by THIS post. I get so excited when people are inspired by what I put out there!
Don’t forget the 25% off sale on Copics HERE, just use the coupon code Markers. Shop by Nov 14!
Watercolor class next Friday (Nov 7) in WA and Nov 23 in MD will be WAY easier than this spiderweb. LOL. Class details HERE.
Remember the OCC Copic Class is always open – if you missed it earlier, it’s not too late to go learn a ton. Click HERE for that.
Well hey thee and happy Friday, everyone! I hope you have some fun planned for National Scrapbook Day tomorrow….maybe some fun that involves cards! Lol.
I’ve got a little different video for you today…watercolor! Inspired by a request from a patreon supporter, I dug out my Twinkling H20s to do a little painting! Hope the video embeds here in the blog post – my iPad is not liking the copy paste function right now, and keeps madly correcting random things…so I may be stuck fixing it tomorrow!
Hope you enjoyed a little something different! And just in case you wanted to know the colors I used…the labels list all the colors, even if the colors in the little pots are wrong. Sorry ’bout that! 🙂 I did buy them as a single set way back in the day – but not knowing which set it is, I linked a few options down below for ya.