More Watercolor Homework

I did some more homework for my Online Card Class – Intermediate Techniques, and am enjoying the process of learning and practicing.

Day 5, Expressive Florals, freehand rose practice

Day 5, Expressive Florals, freehand rose practice

Yellow Florals

Day 6, Expressive Florals, freehand loopy yellow flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Day 6 we learned soft, wispy, almost ethereal brushstroke flowers.  I’m still working on those and hopefully by the end of the week I will have something worth sharing.  Why do all the “blobby” flowers that my classmates created look lovely, while mine just look like blobs?   Guess I’d better practice on those blobs a little more.  Happy Monday!

Online Card Class, Watercolor for Cardmakers – Intermediate

Watercolor Practice Pages

Watercolor Practice Pages

I have taken many classes by Online Card Classes and enjoy them very much, but the one I am currently enrolled in, Watercolor for Cardmakers – Intermediate, is simply excellent.  Although I have tried many of these techniques and know a lot of the “rules,” the main teacher, Dawn Woleslagle, explains everything in such a way that I have not struggled so much.  With her clear and concise instructions, and lots more practice, hopefully I can hone my skills more than a little.

On days 1 and 2 Dawn went over the basics of washes and brushstrokes, but then she showed us how to apply them into cardmaking with creative backgrounds and creating simple flowers by using only a round brush.

Day 1, Washes - Hearts background for a card

Day 1, Washes – Hearts background for a card

Day 2, Brushstrokes, freehand flowers

Day 2, Brushstrokes, freehand flowers

On Day 3 we took negative painting up a notch with lost and found edges, and although this was my first attempt I was really happy with the way the hearts seem to jump out of the background.

Day 3, Negative Painting with lost and found edges

Day 3, Negative Painting with lost and found edges

I am working on my homework for Day 5 and can’t wait to see what she has in store for Day 6.

TGIF – Happy Weekend!

Online Card Classes, Watercolor for Card Makers: Exploring Mediums

Recently I enrolled in the latest OCC which explored nontraditional ways to use watercolor mediums. I rarely have time to do the projects and participate in the classes while they are “live,” but this class was shorter and came at a time when my workload was lighter, so I lucked out.

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

The first card was made by stamping, masking, and heat embossing the flowers and sentiment in gold onto watercolor paper.   The flowers were colored with Distress markers and then softened with water.  The layering paper was plain white, coated with Versamark, and heat embossed as well.

No line watercoloring, blue bird

No-line watercolor, blue bird

The second technique was to use a stamp with Distress inks, and once stamped on the watercolor paper, water was brushed over the image to fill it in.  This makes a “no-line” image as opposed to stamping it with a black outline and then coloring it in.

No-line watercoloring, red bird

No-line watercolor, red bird

I also watercolored the bird with red, but didn’t quite think my color choices all the way through beforehand.  It ended up looking Christmasy, which was not my intention, but I was happy with the red bird anyhow.

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Lastly, I drew this flower free-hand with Derwent Inktense pencils and softened with water and a few colorful splatters.  I really enjoyed this delicate watercolor effect and have been playing with it all weekend.  I wish I had discovered these pencils years ago because they are so much fun!  I was going through sparkle withdrawal so decided to add a few pretty sequins to set off the flower.

Happy Monday and I wish you a peaceful, productive week.  Get out and enjoy some of this fall-like weather!

 

Online Card Classes, Watercolor for Card Makers

Online Card Classes are a great way to learn different skills and techniques. Currently I am enrolled in a class called Watercolor for Card Makers. It is interesting that watercolor can go from rather structured and regimented, which is what I think mine look like, all the way to very abstract and swirly. These are the best of some of my practice pieces and I hope that with a lot more practice I will get better and better. I don’t want to make them abstract and swirly but I’d like to be able to make them a little less crisp. I didn’t do the drawings, though. They are actually rubber stamps stamped on watercolor paper; I only wish I were talented enough to do the drawings. For now I am concentrating on making them look more defined simply by layering the colors, and once I get better I will make the images into cards. Have a great week!

Watercolor background with embossed stamping for texture

Watercolor background with embossed stamping for texture

Watercolor Bird, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor Bird, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor Flower, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor Flower, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor still life, Stampin Up, Studio Sketches

Watercolor still life, Stampin Up, Studio Sketches

 

Watercolored Yellow Flowers

Watercolored Yellow Flowers

Watercolored Rose, definitely needs work!

Watercolored Rose, definitely needs work!

Watercolored Purple Cone Flowers

Watercolored Purple Cone Flowers

 

Patterned Paper Play

Pattern Play Birthday Card

Pattern Play Birthday Card

Recently I took an Online Card Class called Pattern Play (click on the blog badge on the right side of my blog for more information).  Sometimes I struggle putting together different patterns of paper, and this class taught me quickly how to do that with my mismatched papers and so much more.  One of the main tips is to buy coordinating papers in 6×6 pads – the graphics are usually smaller and perfect for card making, and the papers are sure to match.  Takes out all the guesswork!  

 Here is my first attempt to CASE (copy and share everything) a card presented in the class by a talented card designer named Shari Carroll.  I used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to add texture by making random vertical and horizontal lines on the background paper.  I cut and punched various shapes to create this birthday card.  I used a mat stack by DCWV called Violet Leaf; I find the colors of these papers to be delicate, tranquil, and very pleasing to the eye.