And I’m back for my regular Wednesday post! Thanks for your patience as I caught up to life a bit. I started with creating a swatch paper for some new watercolors that I got for my birthday (THANKS MOM!!). The paints are from Daniel Smith and my friend Lydia puts together splits to share the cost and allow people to have more colors. Here is my first split….aren’t they pretty?!!
Swatching out the colors was a good way to get back in the groove a bit. And did I mention they are so pretty!!! Notice that the palette has room for another split….hmmm….. So after putting these paints down on paper, I decided to get real and actually color an image. I had ordered this Mondo Holly the second I saw it and thought it would be pretty for today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Cécile created this one and I love all the options for it. I thought this would go another way (with a spotlight vibe) but it didn’t work out quite like I had in my head. I stamped the holly onto watercolor paper using Gina K’s Amalgam ink. This is a new ink to me and I just had to give it a go. It stamped well onto the watercolor paper (always a challenge, don’t you think?). I did overstamp a few times with my Misti but the result was clear and crisp. It dried quickly and I was able to get right to watercoloring. I used colors from my split above (with the addition of one brown from a DS Dot Palette I have from Simon Says Stamp). I need to work on the shading of the leaves more but I love these colors! I added a sentiment from the same set and some black to make the image pop. Finally some sequins in a pretty Rose Gold.I hope you have fun with this sketch and will join in with us. The inspiration is always amazing from our design team and in the gallery too! Thanks for stopping in today. I’ll be back on Friday with a card featuring a new product and a new to me technique. Until then, have a wonderful week!