Sunday, January 7, 2018

Water Coloring With DT Susan

This is my first blog post on the Craftin Desert Divas' Blog as a design team member! My name is Susan Wymer and I have been making cards for about 15 years.  My blog is Stamp Back and Relax. I had intended to make a video. However, the editing software I was using no longer functioned after a Windows update!!!!

Here is our beautiful mood board for January. The challenge is to create a card using these themes as they inspire you and enter a photo of your project to the Mood Board Challenge Event on the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery on Facebook! The prizes are great!!!

My card: 

In my imagination I was trying to make a log cabin using the tree die from the Outdoor Landscape 2 die set. I decided to watercolor the die cut to look like a birch tree. First, though I needed a background. To create this, I used Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor paper and Daniel Smith's Paynes Grey and some cling wrap.

I painted the background then stretched the cling wrap over it while the paint was still wet. I let this dry and I got this!

This technique is so easy but it creates such interesting effects. I then cut this into 2 4-bar card fronts. 4 bar cards are 3.5" by 4 7/8' wide. I find it a nice size to work with when using smaller objects.

On another piece of Arches paper, I lightly water colored a background with M Graham's Neutral Tint. Let it dry and die cut the trees from it.

Then using Daniel Smith's Moonglow paint, I added in the birch tree details with a size 2 Black Velvet brush. However, here is where I made my mistake - I did not leave enough white in the trees so the "logs" looked very dark. In watercolor the white of the paper is your highlight. I also made the background too dark. 

To compensate when I assembled the card (no picture sorry - my memory card was full and I did not know that) I added a layer of vellum over the top to even out the darkness. I then added a sentiment from Better Together and added some clear droplets to finish my card.  

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Hopefully, I can eventually figure out my new editing software so I can upload that. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Outdoor Landscape Dies
Better Together


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