Watercolor with stencil

Watercolor with stencil

I loved this Clearsnap stencil the second I saw it – I borrowed it from a friend! Watch the video to see how I solved the “unreadable” sentiment – that took me a bit to figure out!

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Once I had finished the flower, I came back home and made a card – but the design kicked my behind! I really really really struggled. The size of the flower was big yet detailed, and I was sad to cut off the purple petals, but I eventually found that the simplicity of the black frame really did set it off well. The contrast makes watercolor flowers look even brighter!

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers 5b

I cut a strip of watercolor paper off the edge and painted it rainbow-style, and adhered it to the edge of the card. The diecut Lawn Fawn sentiment, diecut from two layers of watercolor paper, and adhered with this glue — it crosses the bright, busy floral and the plain black frame – to split the difference, I darkened the “h” and “e” so they’d show up on the flower.

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Negative and positive painting – with stencils

Negative and positive painting – with stencils

Thanks to all of you for your patience in waiting for another in my Watercolor Flowers Series!  This one was filmed a while ago, but it’s been sitting in the queue waiting for its moment to shine!

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This time I’m working on looser watercolors – trying out some masking fluid, and just letting that paint flow where it wants to go! I shot this video a while ago, so I’ve had more experience with watercolor and papers since then.

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I think I could get into this watercolor thing – how about you?

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers 4a

Each time I practiced painting the same watercolor flowers, different things happened – so you can come out with all kinds of looks by just letting the water and paint mix in different ways!

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers 4b
Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers 4b2

Alternate stencils

The Garden Bloom stencil is no longer available but here are some other ideas:

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Watercoloring flowers with the aid of stencils

Watercoloring flowers with the aid of stencils

January 2021: This is one of my earliest watercolor flower videos! Yes, the date on this post will tell you just how long ago this was. But there are some good tips in here anyway for those just starting out!

As I’m starting my watercolor journey, I don’t really know what I’m doing – but I’m going to give it a good try! With the aid of some pretty stencils, I hope to make my chances of success better!

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. 🙂

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I bought a set of Koi watercolors, and I’m pretty sure they arent the best ones, but since I’m traveling to Europe soon, I wanted to get some small sets to try out and be ready for my trip!

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Not bad for a newbie huh?

Alternate stencils

As of 2021 I couldn’t find the Penny Black stencil anywhere except at Walmart, for a super high price! But here are some other ideas:

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Watercolor a poppy using a stencil

Watercolor a poppy using a stencil

I’m beginning a watercolor flowers series as I prepare for a trip to Europe next month…soooo excited! But I seriously need to work up my watercolor skills. I’m also trying to play with small watercolor sets to figure out which to take with me!

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I love the idea of loose watercolor but have little experience in achieving it – but I won’t let that stop me! Practice makes perfect right? In the video, I’ll show you where to place pencil lines for the petals.

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. Okay, well, maybe I have a lot of learning to do!

Alternate stencils

The Sun Catcher is still available at Penny Black but there are also lots more stencils out there that would be great for a technique like this:

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