I had a little time to play in my craft area and I wanted to try my hand at a bit of watercolor...again. Over at Sunday Stamps they had the perfect challenge...creating a scene along with their sketch. I got busy and ended up creating two cards instead of one. I have to build a stash since I have a LOT of birthdays in June and still a few left yet this month.
To create this scene I started by stamping my tree. I actually inked it up 3 different times and stamped them over each other using the stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin' Up!. I didn't move the handle after I stamped so it was in the same position each time I needed to stamp again so I had perfect placement...whew! lol The first time I inked up the stamp I used the Stampin' Write markers soft suede and pear pizzazz covering the whole trunk and tree. I spritzed it with a bit of water and stamped it. The second time I covered a bit less of the trunk and leaves using chocolate chip and old olive, spritzing it again and stamping over the first one. The last time I put just a touch of color here and there using early espresso and mossy meadow and repeated the process for the last time. Then I used a damp paint brush and carefully blended the colors together. Next I used a graphic HB pencil to draw in my scene. If you have no idea what to draw just google some images and you'll get thousands of ideas. I think I googled trees and hills. Nope I didn't copy any particular picture, just got a few ideas and drew it out. I am in no way an artist so I need pictures in front of me to come up with an idea. I just knew I wanted water and hills. I started by drawing where I wanted my water to be. Once that was done I continued the lines to the water's edge that were already under the oak tree. I drew in a couple more hills and was ready to start painting. I painted the pond first and that was the hardest part for me. I really like how it turned out in the first pic below and was just OK with how it turned out in the second pic. Guess I like the reflections better in the first one, but my daughter liked the second one better...guess it's all in the eye of the beholder! :) Back to the pond...I started by completely wetting only the pond area and adding marina mist and island indigo letting the wetness of the paper pull the colors for me. While that was drying I wet the whole sky and used soft sky to paint that. I didn't put color over the whole sky, but let the water pull the color for me so I had blue and white areas in the sky. Then I wet the area under the tree and started with pear pizzazz, then added old olive and a touch of mossy meadow. Since that's the area closest to me I wanted it to be just a tad darker than the area behind it. Next I filled in the area to the left of the tree using the same colors, but not applying it quite as dark. While those two areas were drying I wet the top hill and mixed pear pizzazz and soft sky to give this hill a lighter look since it's off in the distance just a bit. I did the same with my second card, but I must have used more pear pizzazz than soft sky because that hill is darker. No biggie since I like how they both turned out. I did the middle hill last and used pear pizzazz and old olive for this one. If I wanted anything darker I just added more color. To finish things off I put a few dobs of old olive (I think) to continue the grassy hill line that was a part of the tree stamp. Then I added grass all over. I started with pear pizzazz (and added the reflections in the water with just pear pizzazz), then added old olive and a bit of mossy meadow over top to finish off the look.
When I make two cards I like some things better on one card and other things better on the other card. Anyone else ever have that problem? I don't think there's a time that it hasn't happened to me yet! Do you have a favorite? Let me know!
These are all the colors I used on my cards...
Thanks for looking and have a great day!
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Supplies used on this card:
Watercolor paper and paint brushed from local craft store