Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watercoloring a Secret Garden

Ok, it isn't really an entire garden, but it's a few flowers and it's my first time trying to give this a serious try. It is the HARDEST technique on the planet (for me, so far).

I used the SU Secret Garden stamp set and stamped off a flower image (Memento Gray) one time, then stamped gently onto the watercolor paper. I didn't want to use a pencil and make my own stencil. I figure paled out gray ink will blend away with the paint, and it did.

Using dabs of distress inks tamped off onto a glass block, I added water and went at this.

Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive.

For the background, I laid down a water wash, then dabbed Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters here and there and let it run. The centers of the flowers have pale yellow flower soft covered with gold glitter (by Martha Stewart). I free handed the leaves with a bit of pencil sketching. The sentiment is SU Thoughts & Prayers. Watercolor Paper is 140# Strathford; Base Cardstock GKD Pure Luxury White, 120#. Green layer is by Colorbök. Gingham ribbon by BoBunny. Also used: Scor Tape and Adhesive Foam Dots.

Tips: Have a good drink first, take several deep breaths, play soft music and dab excess water or color up with the corner of a tissue. You can always let it dry, and try again on the back.

For Laurie, whose dear father recently died.

Thank you so much!


  1. Oh my gosh, this is so pretty Rosy!! You have really nailed that technique, it's just gorgeous. Love all your colors and that soft look of the watercolor. Really, really lovely card!!!!

  2. Rosy, this totally looks like honest-to-goodness water coloring. I used to do a little water color myself, and this looks like the genuine article, dearie! Be very proud of yourself! And it's only hard the first time so go do some more! Now if this card doesn't cheer someone up, nothing will! You've got me thinking I want to take that class! You all seem to have so much fun with it.

  3. This is pretty! You did a good job.

  4. Great Rosy. Have not tried that yet, but love what you did here. :)

  5. Awesome girl! You did a fantastic job of this technique. I guess I should try and get on to more watercoloring myself. I think I have supplies but never gave it a try. Shame on me!

  6. Absolutely beautiful!! Love your soft background and the brighter flowers! You go, girl!

  7. I can't believe this is your first try; it looks lovely. Lots of blended colour and a great watercoloured background.
    Heather T

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  10. I love it! So glad I was the recipient of the beautiful card. It's looks awesome in the photo but even better in real life. Thank you so much! Hugs.


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