Vintage Garden Watercolor Cards

When a beautiful floral stamp set calls itself “Vintage Garden”…I felt the need to try for a vintage look. And did it with (mostly) three colors – a red, yellow, and blue!

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As I grow in my watercoloring, I’ve been trying to pare down my tools – I find that the more I challenge myself not to use EVERYthing in my palette, I get more creative and come up with some beautiful colors that I mix myself!

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I chose a Yellow Ochre, Paynes Blue Gray, and permanent Alizarin Crimson for my red-yellow-blue adventure today, and I think it worked!

Buying the stamp set was easy – lots of flowers with different shapes made me happy. There are sets that have a bunch of different stamps of the same flower – but being able to paint different petal shapes is much more interesting to me as an artist.

The card shown in the video has a light greyish background made from a bunch of the palette leftovers, mixed with water:

I also tried the same with a more cream color in the background, and swapped out colors on some flowers.

And here I limited the palette just a little more, not using the Crimson – but used the Transparent Red Oxide for my ‘red” in the trio. The background color was mixed thicker so it came out darker.

While I had the stamps in my MISTI, I also inked them up for a slimline card – it took me many many hours, but is very pretty too! I did record one flower, and it’s on Instagram HERE and Facebook HERE.

If you’re interested in MORE watercolor flowers, last week I finally went through a whole bunch of my watercolor flower series from over the years. There are some that have stamps no longer available, but I’ve tried to suggest other sets you might have that would work well for each technique!

Supplies

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  • Vintage Garden, Altenew Clear Stamps: EHAltenew
  • Vintage Garden, Altenew Dies: EHAltenew
  • Arches Cold Press Paper EHBLICK
  • VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors used:
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson: • EH – • Blick
    • Transparent Red Oxide: EHBlick
  • Schmincke Palette EHBLICK
  • Half pans EHBLICK
  • Synthetic blend watercolor brushes, rec’d for crafters:
    • Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8 EHBLICKAMZ
  • Natural hair watercolor brushes, for fancy folk:
    • Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #1