HAVE YOU JOINED THE CHALLENGE?
Have you joined the challenge? I’m talking about the #dailymarker30day challenge, hosted by the amazing artist Kathy Racoosin. There’s absolutely no reason to NOT join – it’s open to everyone, you don’t have to be an artist, and you choose your own colouring mediums and subjects. The biggest benefit? You get to see amazing artwork created by people of all skill levels, and make new ‘virtual’ friends!
The #dailymarker30 day challenge runs from February 1st – 28th, (close enough to 30, right?), but if you miss a day – no one’s keeping track! Join when you want, share what you want. I’m sure you’ve learned by now that the creative community is also one of the friendliest, supportive communities. For more details, check out Kathy’s blog The Daily Marker. Then, share your next project on Instagram with the #dailymarker30day hashtag in your description. If you’d like to see what I’ve been sharing so far, check out my Instagram account HERE.
#DAILYMARKER30DAY SHARING FOR TODAY
A couple of days ago, I shared my work in progress of a watercolour piece. Today, I’ve completed the watercolouring, and turned it into a card! That’s what I’d like to share with you today.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out! Apologies to my pink-loving friends (you know who you are) but I just love the Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold! That’s the colour I used for the rose.
If you’ve been around Stampin’ Up! for a long time, you might recognize this rose. It’s from a long-retired set called Fifth Avenue Floral. I stamped the image onto Arches hot pressed watercolour paper in Versamark ink. Next, I covered the image with gold embossing powder, and set it with a heat tool.
Once the embossing was cooled, I started my watercolouring. The only colour of paint I used on the rose is the Quinacridone Gold. I did some ‘glazing’, a technique I recently learned. It’s where you apply the paint, wait for it to dry, and then go back an add another layer on top. I did this to achieve the shading, as well as having more or less water on my brush. I’m still very much a novice when it comes to watercolouring, but I am pleased with the result of this piece.
CREATE THE BACKGROUND
To create the background, cut a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of watercolour paper. Pick up some Green Apatite paint with a very wet brush, and create a wash, more towards the left side of the panel. Next, splatter some of the Green Apatite and Quinacridone Gold onto the background. Once you’re happy with how it looks, set it aside to dry.
I wanted to add some more interest to the front, but I wasn’t happy with any of the leaf images/dies that I have. So, I die cut some skinny branches, and shaded them with a bit of ink in dark reds and browns.
Hand cut the watercoloured rose from the other panel of watercolour paper. Decide where you want to place the rose on the panel. Before attaching it with foam tape, glue on the branches underneath where the rose will be placed. Next, attach the rose over the branches.
LAYER IT UP
The gold is such a warm colour, I wanted to add more warmth behind it. To do that, I add a panel of dark red cardstock behind the panel, and then attach those to a gold coloured cardstock card base. As a final touch, I added some frosted droplets to the front panel.
I couldn’t decide on a sentiment, so rather than add one that I might regret later, I just didn’t add one at all! One can easily be added later, by adding a die cut sentiment.
There you have it! I love my half pan Daniel Smith watercolours I received for Christmas, but I already want more colours! Yes, I know colours can be blended but really – basics first, please! Baby steps for this gal! 🙂
So – have you joined the challenge? I do hope you’ll check it out, and consider joining! It’s meant to be fun, and a way to get ourselves to automatically do something creative, every day.
If you’re interested in any of the supplies I used for my project, I’ve provided links below.