Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Watercolor cards

As mentioned yesterday, I'm taking a beginning watercolor class and I've transformed my practice pieces into cards. I love this charcoal and orange combo, striped image below, and when I did it, others in the class probably wondered why I chose that palette. At the time, I knew it would be used for a Halloween card. I did some sewing machine stitching, added ric-rac, and a Happy Halloween stamped image that my sister stamped for me a few years ago when she was here visiting and we made cards together. Therefore, I don't know the name of the set it's from. My instructor, Donna, was teaching us how to paint a plaid surface, and she really disliked these colors. I told her I love it so she let me take her masterpiece home. I have just added some flowers, brads, and a rub-on sentiment, then placed it on Tangerine Tango and Creamy Caramel cardstock.
This effect was interesting. The idea was to brush the heavy paper with clean water, then put some color on top of it, then using tweezers, add chunks for rock salt until it dries. This was my very first one and it didn't turn out too well, but it's amazing how adding a little (happy birthday) embellishment (Birthday Whimsy) and coordinating cardstock can magically turn any old piece of paper into interesting card art.
This lavender wash was done at my first class. (I've had two now.) I stamped the chandelier image and it was not inked up enough on the right side, so I had to cover it with something. With the machine stitching and other bling, it turned out to be a very luxurious looking card. I like it!
I still have a few more images to play with and see what I can come up with.


~amy~ said...

FUN cards...I {heart} the chandelier one!!!

~ Tina said...

Okay girl...
see how we were meant to "merge" in creative-land! Wow -great job using what you learned for fun results not just paper in a folder!
Love it!

Melissa said...

Fabulous Kelly!

Many Blessings,

bob wong said...

It's great to see your creations. Wish more people would do the same, it would make for a much better world.