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Luna Moth – Watercolor Wednesday #77

It’s Watercolor Wednesday and this week Angie has us painting Luna Moths.  I was sure mine was going to be a disaster. I was so stressed out about painting this moth that I couldn’t begin to think of trying to draw a luna moth this morning, so I went to Google and found a coloring page.  I had the perfect sentiment that I bought a couple years ago from Polka Dot Orchard to go with the moth.  Isn’t it great?

I watched the video and it went so fast that I certainly couldn’t paint along with it, but I took one important thing away from it. As she was painting with white gouache, she said that people say using the white gouache with watercolor is cheating, but she doesn’t care as long as the painting comes out the way she wants. I took that advice and ran with it.  I always learn something on Watercolor Wednesday and this was the best lesson of all.  Here is my luna moth painted with watercolor markers, some white acrylic paint, and some white gel pen details added in to the wings.

I didn’t add nearly as many layers of color as the YouTube artist did, but I am actually very happy with my results.  I think I’ve found my lane on the Watercolor Highway.  This is another card that I’m going to have a hard time parting with.

I’m playing along with the following challenges today:

Anything Goes

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Feline Spooky – Watercolor Wednesday Challenge #73

It’s Watercolor Wednesday and what a tough challenge we got today. It seemed like it was going to be wicked easy.  I thought I was going to have my card done in no time at all.  I watched the five minute video and quickly got to work.  I taped down my Fabriano Hot Press paper and painted my trees:

Oh dear.  I think I got a little carried away with the jigger-jagger-jigger-jagger on the left tree. But that’s OK.  It will look better once I dab on the leaves, right?  I started with copy paper, but that blobbed, so I switched to parchment paper.  It was better, but still not great.

I should just give up, right?  Toss out these ridiculous trees and call it day.  No way.  I’m not going to let the trees win.  I truly believe that you can fix anything with cute critters and puns.  It’s not such a bad tree after all.  It just a little love…and some trick or treaters.

I stamped these sweet Paperie Ink critters at a friend’s house and they were perfect for my scene.  I fussy cut them at the bus stop this morning.  Then I arranged them on the card and took a picture, so I could recreate it.

I thought that tree on the left was such a disaster, but it ended up being my favorite of the two cards.  Here is the other finished product:

The moral of the story is never give up and neve throw anything away.

I’m playing along with the following challenges today:

Anything Goes



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Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge – October

Are you a member of the Stampers Delights Delights Facebook Fan Group?  Have you seen the Progressive Challenge?  Join each month to receive the monthly image for free!  I just love this month’s sweet pumpkin!  Click below for details:

This week’s Watercolor Wednesday Challenge was watercoloring pumpkins.  So I printed out my digi for some no line watercoloring.  I used my Spectrum Aqua markers and a technique that we learned in last week’s Watercolor Wednesday Challenge.

I don’t know about you, but fall puts me in a plaid kind of mood and making my own plaid backgrounds is one of my favorite things to do. I grabbed a piece of MFT Natural cardstock and some fun fall colored Spectrum Noir markers and went to town.

Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

CASology Clean and Simple Challenges – ONE

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Castle Hill Lighthouse – Watercolor Wednesday #65

It’s Watercolor Wednesday!  And those three words are not as scary as they were a year ago.  I actually had a lot of fun with this particular challenge.  Loose sketching and painting has always been my thing.  I’ve always been the type to slap the paint on and hope for the best.  The video tutorial linked in the challenge had us sketching out a lighthouse scene with Sharpie and then coloring with simple watercolor washes.  I wanted to paint a Rhode Island lighthouse, because this card s going to this week’s Tea Party recipient, Tom, who is a former coworker of mine.  One of my other coworkers asked if I would make a card for her to send, and I thought a Rhode Island lighthouse would be great to remind him how much support he has over here in Southern New England.  Here is the reference photo that I used of Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, RI.  It’s about an hour from my house.  

As usual, I made two cards this morning, using my Spectrum Aqua markers scribbled on my Waffle Flower Crafts Water Media Mat.  I cut both papers to small squares and taped them down to some scrap paper.

I’ve used two different papers for my watercolor today.  I won several different kinds of Hahnemuhle paper from an Instagram giveaway hosted by Sandra at lifeimitatesdoodles.  Go follow her page–her work is amazing! I took a photo of each painting on top of each paper pad, so I could look back for future reference.

The Bamboo paper has more of a hotpress texture to it.  I like them both for different purposes, but today I found I had more luck with the Agave paper.  Here is the card that I made with the Bamboo paper:

I’m entering these cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

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Lavender Fields – Watercolor Wednesday #45

Today’s Watercolor Wednesday was really fun and easy.  We followed this video for how to watercolor a field of lavender.  It’s just the right amount of loose, random watercolor that’s right up my alley.  I set myself up like I usually do for Watercolor Wednesday, with two pieces of Fabriano Hot Press and my Spectrum Aqua Markers scribbled onto my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion:

First steps were to wet the paper and paint a very loose background using the wet on wet technique.  The artist then sprinkled sea salt onto her paper.  I don’t have sea salt.  I tried kosher salt.  It didn’t make nearly as big a splash as hers did. I really should get some sea salt.

After it dried, we applied more defined grasses, stems, and flowers, as well as some splatters.  It was nice to see my lavender field form:

After I finished, and set my paintings aside to dry, I did my clean up routine.  I hate to waste the pretty colors left on my art station, so I spritz them with water and mop them up with some pieces of cardstock.  The layers upon layers of mopping up ink, or cleaning off stencils make interesting backgrounds that I keep in my background drawer for die cutting or other use on future cards.

I finished my card by lining the border with gold Wink of Stella and adding a bit of splatter with it.  And I added my sentiment by stamping the “Thinking of” from a Papertrey Ink sentiment and a Catherine Pooler die cut from black fun foam.

I’m entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday Weeks #485-#486 Anything Goes Challenge.

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