I can’t believe the weekend is almost over and back to work tomorrow! Boo!  I did get some stamping done yesterday and have been practicing watercoloring this morning.  I made two cards yesterday and  guess what I did?  I totally forgot to take pictures of the cards before I sent them on their merry way in the mail.  That is what I call focused brain and I knew I had to get those birthday cards out so they would arrive on time.  Totally bummed I did not get pictures as they were both watercolor technique cards.  Oh well.

For today’s card I have more watercoloring using the stamped flower image from the stamp set Birthday Blooms that is in the Occasions Catalog as my guide.  I first stamped the flower image in distress ink color antique linen onto some watercolor paper.  By stamping the image in water reactive ink in a subtle color, this allows me to use the stamped image as my guide when watercoloring and be able to hide the stamped image as the ink blends with the other colors.  This is also called no line watercoloring, I do believe.

I am working on my shadows on images as this is something I really struggle with when watercoloring.  I am able to blend colors and figure out how much water to use but I still struggle with applying shadows and contrast.  The only way to get better is with tons of practice so I’ve stop hoarding my watercolor paper and embraced using it for practice, practice, and more practice.  
I used some distress inks to color in both flowers and then used the remaining ink on my palette to add the splatters.  I just love ink splatters on watercolor pieces.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the hostess stamp set called Best Thoughts in rose gold powder.  The watercolor piece was added to a mossy meadow card base.
For today’s fun in the stamp studio, I have been using my real, artist grade watercolors I picked up on Amazon.  I am loving them but they are different than using ink pads.  If my work doesn’t completely look terrible, I’ll share some of what I get painted and maybe it will inspire you to give watercolor a try.  It is a lot of fun and quite relaxing!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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