Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Watercolour and Splodged Birthday...Stretch Your Stamps 2~Bonus Day, TIME OUT Challenge #11; 101 Watercolour Week 3,

One more for the road...

Sunday was bonus day over at Stretch Your Stamps 2 online class, and the uber-talented Debby Hughes

created a card featuring a 'watercolour spotlight' technique, using ME's Up and Away set.  The basics involve a watercolour background created with an inked-then-spritzed acrylic block, followed with splots made with droplets of inks from ink spray nozzles.  SA-WEET card, indeed!!

My 'give-it-whirl' wasn't quite as easily accomplished, as I don't have ink sprays, and most of my distress inks are in the form of markers.  So...I scribbled on an acrylic block, spritzed, and created my mottled background. After re-wetting it, I used my markers to dab splotches where I wanted them to be. They spread rather nicely pretty much on their own, so I left them be...essentially a no-brush-required technique, other than to add water.  

Here's my take on Debby's card, using STAMPlorations stamps...


My photo doesn't capture the colours well, as the inks really are more vibrant and pretty.  I'm thinking that perhaps I should have used the non-textured side of the water-colour paper; then again, it is kind of cool

Even though this is a 'learning' card, I'm sharing my assignment over at TIME OUT Challenge #11, with the optional twist of butterflies, at 101 Watercolour Week 3


and in the class gallery, under Bonus Day.

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!

24 comments:

Kylie said...

I love this! I need to look at the class because I am loving seeing everyone's cards. You could also link up at our STAMPlorations monthly challenge - Stamps and Die cuts (the panel was cut from a die?). xx

Happy Dance said...

You're so good at these classes, and I'm in awe of how you adapt your supplies and Make. It. Work. Dang girl. The splutchy butterflies remind my of my favorite peasant blouse from the 70s. Good memories; thanks for the spark! Have a good night, and I can't wait to see what you create next! Bev

Susanne Vargas said...

You rock this technique, girl! (I haven't tried it yet...) This looks gorgeous!

KayM said...

Oh that is just fabulous Carol! I love the textured side of the watercolor paper and the multi colored bits of watercolor looks amazing!! Love the outline of the butterflies stamped on top! You're doing great with this class!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Too amazing, you are an elegant watercolorist!!!!!

sandie said...

Another beauty Carol, I love the water colouring here and combo of colours. Thanks again for joining us at Time Out

Carole said...

FABULOUS!! love the colours and how they spotlight the butterflies...for a learning card? your beyond learning!

~amy~ said...

super pretty, love the watercoloring!

KayM said...

Just had to pop back in here and tell you thank you SO much for the very sweet and lovely comment you left on my Getting To Know me post. Oh that made me smile so big and just brightened my day! I'm SO happy to call you friend too! BIG ((Hugs)) <3

Anita in France said...

Oh, Carol, this is so pretty ... love all those lovely blends of colour under the butterflies! I'm so enjoying your homework for this class! Anita :)

Nonni said...

Beautiful, trendy card! I actually haven't had these butterflies in my stash... But they are on the way now! Yay! :)

Marisa said...

Way to spread your wings and try new things :) Lovely soft water colouring.

Loll Thompson said...

This is so pretty Carol. What a great way to watercolor! Love the colors of your butterflies and your background. And I love the texture from that side of the watercolor paper --- it's perfect. Loll xx

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my goodness Carol...you are amazing, just amazing! This is so beautiful and you have such a wonderful gift and your watercoloring skills are shear perfection!

Brenda said...

OMGosh Carol this turned out fabulous!! I love that background and those watercolor splotches-they make the butterflies look so cool. You did good girlfriend!! See you don't need a brush to watercolor. lol Hugs, Brenda Oh and I love the texture of the watercolor paper!!

Greta said...

Love the look of your card, Carol--glad you used the non-textured side!

francesca biancon said...

wow, I love your cards and the way you use the colors. the combinations and the many butterflies are so sweet!
kisses
francesca

Dana said...

I like the texture side, it adds well... texture!! LOL I love the spots of colors in and around the butterflies! Great way to adjust the technique to fit what you have on hand!! The results are beautiful!!

Taunya Butler said...

YOU are amazing and you make me feel almost brave enough to try watercolors - I am still not sure I have the talent to do that!! You do a fabulous job with color no matter what medium you are using and I am always impressed with your results!! You keep going girl - I am in awe of you!! Have a beautiful day!!

Kylie said...

You've nailed this technique too, Carol! Such a sweet and pretty card.

Julia Altermann said...

Oh, so sweet, Carol! I could have never walked away and left the colors this subtle, I would have meddled and then cried and thrown the project away :) It's so lovely! And thank you for introducing me to the Time Out Challenge, I hadn't heard of it before, but now I have to participate. It looks awesome!

Tracey McNeely said...

GASP! This is so gorgeous Carol! Beautiful colours.

Deepti said...

Sigh!!! This looks beautiful, I am inspired to use water color more :)

Shannon J said...

WHAM!! BAM!! POW!! Holy gorgeousness, Batman! Breath = gone!! The subtle blue is the perfect backdrop for the butterflies, splotched with the perfect colour combos. Again...SO impressed with how you are achieving these drop dead gorgeous results by improvising!!