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Vintage Watercolor


Sometimes I pick up an art supply that totally inspires something new and different for me – and this little set of brush pens? Nailed me!

Vintage Watercolor

The pen set contains grey, black, sepia, and a water brush – perfect for vintage style watercolor! Back in the ‘old days,’ before color printing was the norm, ads were in black and white – and if you look up some of that on Google, you’ll get inspired just like I did! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Tim’s Runway set is one that I probably wouldn’t have picked up without this vintage watercolor idea running in my head. The stamps are sooooo pretty, but they just hadn’t grabbed me til I looked for something with a specific era in mind!

Sandy Allnock - Vintage Watercolor1

I wanted to see what would happen if I tried 1) a cutesie image and 2) a masculine card. Results? Easy and simple! The tv screen had me particularly thrilled….love how the hard edges play off against the soft blend on the screen!

Sandy Allnock - Vintage Watercolor2

And then of course a holiday card – a whimsical and yet vintage car and tree! The snow on the sentiment totally made this image come alive!

Sandy Allnock - Vintage Watercolor3


If you’re on a desktop or laptop (or looking at my site in desktop view!), there’s a widget in the upper right corner that tells you if I’m broadcasting live right now. Cool huh? Plus, I’m headed to Alaska today for a Toastmasters conference — and I’ll be competing in a speech contest there too! Wish me luck! I’ll be in touch on social media as I’m able….you know I’ll be around!


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16 thoughts on “Vintage Watercolor

  1. Really like the vintage colors. I’m excited to use them in my watercoloring.

  2. WOW! Stunning! Just beautiful Sandy!

  3. I really like your vintage coloring!!! didn’t think I would but I do!
    stamping sue

  4. Great cards and great information on doing a vintage look. Love the added touch of the snow and the headlight beam in the third card. TFS and Good Luck with your speech!

  5. Very cool Sandy! Thanks for introducing new materials to use!

  6. Wow!…love the video tutorial…I learned several new things! Thank you! Also, I thought your signo pen “headlight” was brilliant!

  7. I never would have imagined how good this looks!

  8. This is gorgeous!

  9. What do you speak on in the contest, both this one and past ones. Love the “old ” fashion coloring. Thanks

  10. gorgeous cards..great those pens!

  11. I bbc like the dashing through the snow.

  12. I thought the “TV” was a cutesy, somewhat abstract elephant. I didn’t realize it was a TV until I watched the video. Haha

  13. I love all of these! And all Alaska welcomes you! I’m 35 minutes away from where you’ll be so let me know if you need anything while here!! Blessings on you…

  14. Gorgeous! Love this vintage/black & white look! You are correct, you nailed it!

  15. Sandy, all three images are just wonderful. I agree that the snow on the sentiment really makes it. So you are so truly talented. Enjoy Alaska and good luck on your speech:)

  16. Elegance and fun in these images. Thanks for the study in darker colors. Would love to see this rendered in Copic some day! Good thoughts being sent your way for a productive and successful conference!

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