Hi there stampers!  Well the weekend is almost over and I have the project I worked on to share with you.  I was inspired by Kristina Werner and her card for the Altenew blog hop for their second anniversary.  As you have seen in previous blog posts, I have really gotten into watercoloring and now have several mediums to chose from.  I recently purchased the Mijello Mission Gold set from Amazon and decided to give no-line watercoloring a shot after watching Kristina’s video.

I stamped the images from the Altenew stamp set called Beautiful Day using distress ink in the color antique linen as this gives a faint outline of the image to use as a guide for watercoloring but also the distress ink blends in with the colors as you apply them so you don’t see the stamped image once complete.  I used the colors directly from the tubes and did not need to do any mixing.  These watercolors are very vibrant so you have to practice with them to understand how much paint to use verses how much water.  I colored each petal one at a time not coloring petals next to each other to avoid any coloring bleeding between the petals.  I had a hard time painting the centers as the stamped image gives more solid images for the flower centers as opposed to just the outline.  I am not crazy with how my centers turned out but I am still learning so I figured not so bad.  Here is a close up of the flowers.
I started with applying more concentrated color on the petals towards the center and then using a more watered down brush to pull the color around the rest of the petal.  I did the same technique for the leaves.  After coloring all the images, I applied a light wash of color all over the background with yellow and hints of the colors used in the flower images.  
I finished the card by mounting the watercolor piece onto some vanilla cardstock cut into an A2 sized card.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Altenew set Sentiment & Quotes with some wild wasabi embossing powder onto some vellum.  I love the sayings in this stamp set and the fonts are gorgeous.  
I really enjoyed working on this project but it did take me over an hour to watercolor everything.  I hope to get a little faster as I practice more.  Watercoloring is very relaxing so I don’t mind how long it takes.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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