Have you struggled like I have with getting loose with watercolor? See if trying something like today’s project will shake things up a little!
Paint a Brusho Flower Garden
Watercolor powders are, by nature, something that makes an artist loosen up. The powders move across the paper in unexpected ways, they have such opportunities for deep, intense color that can quickly drop off to a soft faded edge. Learning to paint images with them is a definite challenge, but has taught me how to use other watercolors in new ways too – I’m learning to love the painted edges, the splatters, the imperfections, so I think my hand is slowly being trained to “Let it go.” [Cue the music. #earworm!] See how I created a sweet little garden of flowers using powders – and maybe give it a try yourself! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.
You can do something similar with other watercolors; you can drop color into the puddles of water and move it, but the effect will be different than this due to the ways different kinds of paint move. But I encourage you to give it a try!
And FYI hasn’t the Online Card Classes Intermediate Watercolor class been AMAZING this week? Wowsers! I’ve been totally inspired! I found plenty of great info, and I’d suggest it’s a good start even for beginner cardmaking watercolorists. If you didn’t take it “live,” you can join in anytime and see the content, read the forums, and browse the gallery. Everything is open til next Friday, then it’s archived for viewing only – but you can rewatch videos anytime!
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- Paper: Arches Rough 9×12
- Coloring medium: Brusho – Turquoise – Olive Green – Gamboge – Rose Red – Purple – Orange
- Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 2 4 6 8
- Tools: Ranger Distress Sprayer or Mini Mister, Essentials by Ellen, Craft Assistant
- Adhesives: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs,– Be Creative Tape (1/2″)
- Inks: Avery Elle Ink Pad, Sugar Plum
- Sentiment stamp: Love Scriptures