Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Watercolor Bookmark with Distress Inks

Aloha friends,

I hope your day was / is beautiful!

You know when you cut watercolor paper into card layer sizes and you have leftover "strips" of just over an inch or two? You can still use them to watercolor on, make bookmarks, a smaller focal image on a card using sketches, or even refrigerator magnets :D So don't throw your scraps out ♥

I CASE'd Dawn from W+9 because she is fabulous with simple watercoloring using distress inks. And for me, distress inks are the hardest inks to watercolor with. She makes it look much easier. Here is the video she made in case you would like to practice!

How to Distress Ink Watercolor with Dawn, W+9

I do not have the same stamp set she uses, but I had a similar one. The only parts lacking were the lilac and the vase so just sketch out a simple vase and for the lilac - use the dot or pointillism method with a couple colors of distress ink markers or other inks you use. I also created a watercolor image on the back using the birdhouse, bird, made my own leafy vines and outlined it with a Signo Gold pen. This is for my sister in law who lives with my younger brother in London. The brother who has never been able to tell me what he does for the government because then he would have to ... "kill me." And he then has this evil laugh. So I never ask anymore (!)

At least on the drive home we cruised along the sandy shores of beaches. The day is sparkly blue, in the upper 70s low 80s, a cruise ship was visiting in the bay, and I'll try to post a picture of the water. He even bought me a totally vegetable Subway sandwich with lots of vinegar and peppers, an orange juice and sketch pad :) Nothing like going to the dog house! Then, ta ta da DA - Stampin' Up order just arrived. Can't wait to open it.

Entered into  -

Stamp Set: Floral Folk Art by W+9
Inks: Tim Holtz distress ink pads and markers
Brushes: #4 round
Strathmore Watercolor Paper 300 Series
Gold cardstock
Stampin' Up Ornate Tag Topper Punch
Gold Cord from Gina K. Designs

I usually ask Bruce to drive us home
along the beach road,
Ali'i Drive
In Hawai'ian this means "royalty" 
as King Kamehameha used to live nearby

 I will post to Facebook, too!
Thank you very much
for stopping by.


  1. I love the bookmark. The coloring is awesome. And so sorry you had that happen to you. I hope you feel better soon.

  2. Oh that is extraordinary! I think I will make a bunch of book marks for my Mom and her 'table mates' lol They will love them.. This is really beautiful and water color paper is nice and thick, you're so smart Rosy! Love your beautiful little vase of flowers! And your beach photo ahhhhhh

  3. Great idea for the scrap of watercolor paper. Your example is precious and well done. I think my favorite medium is watercolor and copics. We are here in Naples Florida for the winter and there are some scenes like yours here too. I have just gotten my crafting stuff settled in and hope to make some cards.

  4. Beautiful bookmark Rosy, and you know I love the ocean. :) hugs

  5. Super idea! Your watercolouring turned out beautifully, and I really like that punch for the top!

  6. You did wonderful and so much detail on your little work of art. I love the color of the water! What port is near you for the ships?

  7. Gorgeous bookmark Rosy, the image and watercoloring is so pretty, love the sentiment too :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  8. Geez, I don't think I have been getting email notices when you do a post. I haven't seen much of what you have done lately. I love this technique, and I never thought of making bookmarks with leftover watercolor paper! Thanks for the inspiration. I am so find of the results one gets with using stamps in this way...just really artsy. Oh, and you are a lucky woman to get to see that beautiful scenery. Stunning!!!


Your kind comments really encourage me a TON! Mahalo nui loa!