Sunday, April 19, 2009

Watercolor Washes: The Final Versions

Yesterday, I did a few watercolor wash backgrounds. To see the tutorial, check out Inspiration in Ink: Watercolor Washes. I used just 4 colors to create some wonderful backgrounds. All these backgrounds came together quickly and easily.

Here is what I made with my stack of watercolor washes!

The straight consistent color washes

I added a little copic coloring to this sweet bib but the background color was soft and sweet with the wash!

Baby Congratulations
Stamps: B
aby Bib & Congratulations (Rubbernecker Stamp Company)
Paper: pink dots (Provocraft stack from long ago); celery argyle and pomegranite pattern (Stampin' Up)
Cardstock: Rose Red & Pixie Pink (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Pale Plum - reinker (Stampin Up)
Copics: RV11 - Pink, RV17 - Deep Magenta, YG03 - Yellow Green
Tools: heart punch (Creative Memories); mini heart punch (unknown); paint brush, pallette

For these lovely birds, I did a basic light blue wash and then went over the birds with a wet brush and dabbed the areas with a paper towel to pick up the color just from the bluebird pair to highlight them slightly.

Bluebird Hello
Stamps: bluebird collage from Bluebird plate and hello from Serenity plate (Artistic Outpost)Paper: blue vines from Pocket Full of Posies Matstack (DCWV)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue (Stampin Up); generic black; watercolor paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Bashful Blue reinker (Stampin Up)
Tools: Round Tab Punch (Stampin Up); paint brush; palette

The fading color wash

For this card, I used a Perfect Plum wash which was faded toward the center. I cut the sentiment from one of the scraps from my variegated backgrounds.

My Knight in Purple
Stamps: my knight and knight collage from My Knight plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Autumn Leaf Texture - Eggplant (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum (Stampin Up); generic black; watercolor
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery reinkers (Stampin Up)
Tools: paint brush and palette

The two-tone fading color washes

These washes are so pretty that for both two-tone backgrounds I chose silhouette images.

Simple Rose
Look of Love (Penny Black)
Paper: Hey You from the Times Nouveau Collection (Graphic 45)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery & Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery reinkers (Stampin Up)
Tools: paint brush and palette

This is my favorite of the day! The wonderful image was a Random Act of Kindness from stamper extraordinaire, Debby! Thanks again, Debby!

Childhood Delight
children silhouette (unknown - RAK gift - pretty isn't it?)
Paper: Chocolate Torte (Cloud 9 Design)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up); generic black; watercolor
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pale Plum and Bashful Blue reinkers (Stampin Up)
Tools: paint brush and palette

You will notice that for most of these cards, I let the image and the background take center stage! All these cards went together in about 10 minutes each not including making the backgrounds! Fun, fun!

Stay tuned for what I made with the two variegated backgrounds!

1 comment:

  1. These are gorgeous. I'm especially loving that Simple Rose! Thanks for sharing.



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