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Challenge #103: Watercolors

Written by Jessica Frost. Posted in Challenges, Eye Candy (Projects)

Happy Monday everyone.. are you ready for a new Challenge? This week it’s all about Watercolor.. There are many different types of products on the market that you can watercolor your images with. Distress markers or Inks, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Tombow Markers, watercolor pencils and many more. Check out the great Watercolor products we carry in the store.
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Create a Watercolor project using any brand of products that we carry in the store. You may play along with other challenges, but excessive challenge pile-ons (more than 10) will result in disqualification for “The Prize”.
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One entry will be chosen at random to receive our prize. Three additional entries will be chosen for the ”Top 3″ based on their creative use of the Challenge theme. The prize winner and top three can all proudly post their brag buttons on their blogs for the world to see! The Linky will close on Sunday, September 18th at 12 pm CST. The winner will have TWO weeks to claim their prize. *International winners will be responsible for shipping costs if they choose to claim their prize*

Check out what Jessica has created below with Watercoloring… We can’t wait to see what you create!


Good morning, Jess here!  I decided to push myself to use my distress ink markers for no-line watercoloring for this challenge!  This is definitely a technique that I’m still getting comfortable with but it was fun to try something different this week and I can’t wait to see how you interpret our watercolor challenge!
To start I stamped the foliage from Altenew’s Freeform Greenery onto watercolor paper with Antique Linen distress ink to give me guidelines for my watercoloring.
Next I traced the stamped lines with distress markers and then used a wet paintbrush to blend the colors out.  I used Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, and Crushed Olive for my leaves.  In the photo below you can see the leaf in the middle of the panel before I blended it with water.  I like this technique because it doesn’t have to be perfect.  My hand isn’t the steadiest when working on rough watercolor paper and I like how forgiving this technique is.
After I finished all the greenery I scribbled a few distress inks onto an acrylic block, added water, and then splattered them across the panel.  I let them dry and then splattered a gold paint across the panel with my Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors.  While that was drying I stamped a few more leaves with versamark and heat-embossed them with gold tinsel embossing powder.  I colored them with distress ink markers and blended them with water before fussy-cutting them.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes onto Red Hots cardstock with versamark and then heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.  I trimmed it down to label size and adhered it to my card around my embossed leaves and over a tangle of metallic gold thread with foam mounting tape.  Finally I blended a little more Antique Linen distress ink over the edges of the card panel.  I adhered the watercolor panel over a red card base at an angle to show a peek of the red cardstock around the watercolor panel.
Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!
jess
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    Patt H.

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    This card is really beautiful, Jessica! I love your technique & the colors you chose. Thanks for sharing!

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    Trina P.

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    Great autumn card. Wonderful watercoloring.

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    Beverly Jordanw

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    Beautiful watercolor card!! CAS and perfect for fall!!

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