I guess I feel like I need to challenge myself…

In addition to trying out the bullet journal method, I am also wanting to do as much of the world water color month challenge as I can.  I found a monthly prompt from Doodlewash and thought it would be a great way to get my brain moving. I love to watercolor but I could use a lot more practice. I think challenges are a great way to learn and grow, that’s why I do a weekly one here on my blog.  If you want to get better at watercolor or just give it a try, how about joining me? Tag me on social media and show me how you’re doing. You can find me as Stampiphany on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  

If you would like to see what I watercolor each day follow me on Instagram.  Here are a few of the watercolor paintings I did using the prompts I mentioned earlier to get me started.

July 1st – Primary Pallette

This card was made using the Stamparatus and the Parcels & Petals stamp set. It took a bit of math to figure out how to position the watercolor paper and the stamps just right so that they stamped the way I wanted.  I did a combination of the hinge step and moving my paper up.  I would stamp the image twice in the same place with VersaMark.  I did this because watercolor paper has a bit of a texture and stamping it twice gives a better chance for the ink to apply into that texture.  I then embossed in white embossing powder.

After I embossed it, I moved the plate down one hinge and the paper up 1/8″ of an inch.  I used my grid on the Stamparatus to help me.  I did practice this on scrap paper to make sure that I was doing it right.  Once the second row was stamped I embossed it with white embossing powder.  If you let your heat tool get really warm before you take it to the paper the paper warps a lot less.

I repeated the process again; moving the plate down one hinge and the paper up another 1/8″ inch, stamping twice with VersaMark, and then embossing.  I did this until I reached the bottom of my paper.  I did misjudge my movement a bit on one of the rows. But hey that’s what string and a greeting piece are for..wink wink.  

Once the stamping and embossing were all done, I taped the paper to a hard board and did a wash with my aqua painter.  The colors I used were Blushing Bride, So Saffron, and Balmy Blue.  They are not true primary colors in that they are pastel versions, but the prompts are to get started right?

The greeting is from the Parcels & Petals stamp set and stamped in Smokey Slate and die cut with the matching die set.  There is a die piece of vellum behind the greeting and that is just the floral lace looking die.  

Dimensions:
Whisper White card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Watercolor Paper 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″
Small piece for greeting about 3″ x  2″
White Baker’s Twine 15″

July 2nd – Sunny Sky

Above the Clouds Card

I decided that sunny skies would be great skies for hot air balloons.  I used the Above the Clouds stamp set with this card.  I first started by doing a watercolor wash in blue and set it aside to dry.  While the sky was drying, I stamped just the outline of the hot air balloons and colored those in with my Kuretake watercolor palette. 

Once the hot air balloons were dry I hand cut them out since I wanted the baskets attached. I stamped “Thank You” from the Parcels & Petals stamp set in Black StazOn onto a strip of Vellum card stock. I wrapped the vellum around the art piece and secured on the back with adhesive. I adhered the balloons with dimensionals and attached the entire art piece to a Whisper White card base. I finished the card off by embellishing with some self-adhesive sequins.

Dimensions:
Whisper White card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Watercolor Paper 5″ x 3 3/4″, 5″ x 4″ for balloons
Vellum card stock 1″ x 7″
White Self-adhesive sequins 

July 3rd – Picnic Food

watermelon card

What is a picnic without watermelon? I really wanted to try out the new Pigment Sprinkles.  The colors are amazingly vibrant and I totally love them! I looked up food in the Search Find Create app to find a bold stamp for the technique I wanted to try. The bold set called Mouthwatering showed up in the search results and I thought it would work well.

I stamped the image in a super light ink, petal pink works well here, onto watercolor paper.  I then took and aqua-painter and “colored” in just the rind of the watermelon. I got it pretty wet without making it run.  I then gently sprinkled the Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles and let the powder do its thing for a bit.  After a bit I took the aqua painter and moved the water just a bit to make sure the color would fill the entire image of the rind.  I then let it dry.

Once the rind image was dry, I repeated the process with the watermelon part. I didn’t want any paint on the top part of the paper as I was saving that space for the words.  Once both sections were dry, I used a scrap piece of paper to block off the green area and spritzed it just a bit to get the remaining Granny Apple Green color to spread and splatter a bit.  I have to say playing with this medium is messy, but fun. 

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the word “ENJOY” from the All About Sugar stamp set (retired).  This was stamped in Black StazOn. I layered onto Basic Black card stock and then on a Granny Apple Green card base.

Dimensions:
Granny Apple Green card stock 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
Basic Black card stock 4″ x 4″
Watercolor Paper (after painting is done and dry) 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″

July 4th – Family Fun

fish card

Family fun for many of my family members is fishing, my husband especially.  He would own his own stocked lake if he could.  For this card I decided to try a different approach to no-line watercoloring.  I stamped the fish in Crumb Cake ink that was stamped off once to lighten it a bit.  Then I took my watercolor pencils and softly colored in the fish. I didn’t color it in all the way, mostly the areas I felt would be the darkest.  I did end up playing around with this for a bit.  After the initial painting was done I decided to go back in with the blender pen and some more pigment from the pencils to try and deepen the color.  

Dimensions:
Early Espresso card stock 4 1/4″ x 11″
Crushed Curry card stock 5 1/2″ x 3″
Coastal Cabana card stock 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Watercolor Paper 4″ x 5″
Granny Apple Green 2″ x 3″
Linen Thread 20″

on July 5th – Loose & Free….well not my painting this time.

Country Home Card

I tried to use the Country Home stamp image as my guide and do more of a loose and free piece. I would look at the stamp and then try to create it loose and free on watercolor paper. I did not stamp on the paper…I tried to watercolor freestyle. Unfortunately it failed miserably. My freestyle watercolor looked more like a first graders finger painting than a Picasso. My husband said I should post that picture to show you how it turned out…but I’m going to let you use your imagination.

I decided to stamp the milk can and flower image from the Country Home stamp set onto the watercolor paper…not so loose and free. You can see that this turned out pretty well. I seem to do better painting within the lines I suppose. 

As I continue to practice techniques in watercolor that I have never tried before, I am learning a lot.  One thing that I hope that I get better at is being patient with myself and just letting things go.  I think so far this has been a good challenge for me in that regard.  I am so patient with everyone else, but I really don’t cut myself any slack at all. I really love the process of water coloring and I want to stick with it and keep trying. 

Dimensions:
Smoky Slate card  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Crushed Curry card stock 5 1/2″ x 3″
Watercolor Paper 4″ x 5 1/4″
 I used my Zig Clean Color Markers for this card.

July 6th – Window View

To A Wild Rose Card

We have some beautiful roses outside our kitchen window that have are a bright purple magenta color.  Taking my Zig markers again I played around with the bright colors and made this card.  To create the black sprinkles I colored my black Zig marker on a block and picked it up with my aqua painter and flicked it all over the front of the card.

Dimensions:
Shaded Spruce cs  9 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ 
Basic Black cs 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″
Watercolor Paper 4 1/4″  x 4 1/4″
 I used my Zig Clean Color Markers for this card.

Some of the products used for these cards…

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