Hello friends and welcome! Today I am continuing with my AECP Challenges. And I am 2 more classes + the final challenge away from becoming a certified Altenew educator, and I am getting more and more exited!
For today’s challenge I chose a class held by super talented Emily Midget called Artist Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters. This wonderful class is available on Altenew website and you can access it here. If you are interested in learning some new techniques Altenew has a great variety of classes accessible to all; Please click here for more info.
First, let me tell you why I chose this particular design. When it comes to colors, I truly don’t have a color that I like more than the other, but there are two that I just absolutely love and they are black and white. Now, theoretically black and white are not colors but shades, but we still see them as colors. Not sure why, but I just love the simplicity of those two, they are either black or white, everything else with less or more saturation just simply changes properties of either; you really cannot have lighter black or it becomes grey… I always liked how artist are able to paint white flowers and always wanted to learn how to create such image, especially when working with white backgrounds. And in this lesson Emily teaches exactly that. I am so happy to have chosen this class and if you would like to learn more about watercolor techniques, I highly recommend this one.
I first started off by stamping the image on my watercolor paper. I used a MISTI stamp positioner for this just in case I needed to double stamp, since I was using watercolor paper. After that I simply started adding colors around my flower. To create a white flower effect on a white watercolor paper the background needs to be dark. I used card grey and deleted this color a lot!! Even though watercoloring is forgiving, you still want to add color gradually. Remember, you can always add more color, but it will be very had to take that color away! After I was done with dark grey, I added some some maroon shades for more interest. I then mixed a very small amount of the lavender color and diluted it until it was almost translucent. With this color I painted the spots on the petals that are the darkest and for the lightest spots I used yellow. At the end, I took a very small amount of white acrylic paint and added it to the spots that did not have any color on them. Once everything dried, I took Fine Liner Pens from Altenew to create a frame around my flowers and I simply dew lines using a T-ruler. But, I didn’t like that uniformed look, so I decided to go over the lines by hand. I then took a super cool tool from We R Memory Keepers called Dial Trimmer to trim the edges of my panel. Next, I added a sentiment. I used a MISTI tool again, at this point, I really did not want to mess up. I then created a card base and glued everything together. And the card was done!
Overall, this card did not take that much time to create, which I am so happy about! I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by this technique at first, and once I decided to tackle it, it was not that hard at all! I actually love this technique now and I will be using more often now that I know how.
I really love it! super sophisticated and elegant! What do you think?