Today's Adventure in Watercoloring: Flowers!

Hi, everyone!  This lesson (the final one!!!) shows us an easy way to free-paint flowers and leaves.

Admittedly, I was a bit nervous since I don't normally free-paint and I was concerned my leaves would just end up looking like blobs on paper.
Thankfully, it didn't turn out that way!

Card one features a wreath design; it was supposed to be a more abstract wreath and my coloring proves just how abstract it is! (You can laugh; I sure did.) I can see where I need to improve upon but it did turn out well for the first try!

Card two is supposed to be layers of leaves; I was not happy with how it turned out because I was having trouble forming the leaves in the first place (IOW, it's totally the student's fault!). Thankfully, I was improving as time went on.

Card three is technically not a card; I didn't put it on a base. First time trying a rose and I wasn't happy with it. Instead, I'll focus on that happy blue flower that looks pretty. :D

Card four really made m…

Today's Adventure in Watercolor: Landscapes!!!

Hi, everyone! Today's post is all about landscapes and nature; it has proven to be my favorite out of all of them!!

Card one introduced the idea of a sky scene and rolling hills; the trees on the right hand side are meant to be out of focus (To indicate they are far away.). I love how the hills and the sky turned out; I can still work on my "happy little trees". LOL

Card two featured something that I really wanted to try but just couldn't figure out: Galaxy or nighttime scenes!! (Cue in a really loud WOOHOO! here. Thanks.). Not only am I thrilled with how this turned out, this became my favorite of the bunch. Can't wait to try this one again!!!

Card three has a happy cactus loving life in its little painted pot. I didn't think I could draw this happy fella here, but he came out pretty good (Side-note: Kristina had mentioned during the class that Mr. Cactus reminded her of a pickle. Large cacti do look like giant pickles with barbs, so she really isn't wro…

Today's Adventure in Watercolor: Typography!

Hi, everyone; Marie here (again) but with today's Simply Watercolor projects!
I am glad that Kristina brought up typography (lettering) because this was an area I was definitely lacking in. My handwriting is not all that great and it can be improved upon.  Thankfully, watercoloring helps in this regard!

Today's cards include the following:

Card one used the same technique to imprint an image onto watercolor paper but used a wet-on-wet technique for the color itself. I liked how this came out.

Card three was one of the simplest to make and it took the least amount of time; it has a bit of an airbrushed quality to it and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Card four included using almost all of the colors in my palette but I would definitely change it up so that the letters aren't as large or that I would include some sort of image with it. That said, I still think it's good to know for the future.

Card five used various font styles and colors for this alphabet ca…

Today's Adventure in Watercoloring: Cuddly Critters!

Hi, everyone. Marie here - really early because her internet was down last night - to show all y'all yesterday's Simply Watercolor products!

Card one features a really cute bird and some balloons:

Card two has four adorable animals (Kristina had a tiger on one of the panels, but I went for a bear; it does work!):

Card three has one fabulous birthday she-bear wanting to celebrate:

I'm really looking forward to today's lesson, which should be popping up soon.

Until next time...


What's one more post? SSS Wednesday Challenge!

Surprise!! It's me again! (So soon???)

Had to quickly make a card for Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!!

This week, it's all about FUN IN THE SUN (even though I tend to turn LobsterRed(tm) during the summer)!! Yay for sunshine, rainbows, and, in my case, FLAMINGOS.

I mean, c'mon. Flamingos (or flamingoes; both are acceptable spellings of the same awesome pink bird) and they should be celebrated. Why not now?

I suddenly want shrimp....

Anywho, the majority of the products used came from SSS' July card kit and I thought the kit was perfect for this challenge. The only holdout was SSS hybrid ink in Hollyhock.

Products Used:
SSS July Card Kit (Sold Out) (Items can be purchased separately)
Hybrid Cube Set Spring Flowers (Hollyhock)

Until next time...


Today's Adventure: Watercolor!

Hi, everyone! Marie here with something really neat.

I figured I needed to seriously up my watercoloring game, so I signed up for the Simply Watercolor class at Online Card Classes that is hosted by Kristina Werner; I'm glad I did because she is really good at watercolor!

Anywho, today is Day 1 of the class and I have three examples of what I'm doing!

Card 1: A really nifty technique that had me try plaid (and my shaky attempt doesn't look too bad); I will definitely keep trying in the near future, because I love the look of plaid!

Card 3: Another geometric design, but using circles as an example. I can definitely see this used for bubbles on other cards or possibly glass orbs, if the wash and shading is right.

After finishing this first class, I can honestly say it was $20 well-spent. I've already learned a lot (and I really need to learn control on the brush) and I am pleased with my results.

Until next time...


Keep Smiling! A SSS Card Kit Card Tutorial!

Hi, everyone. Marie here!
Today features a card that I made using most of the materials coming from the Simon Says Stamp's card kit.

Overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out:

The video is right here:

Products used:

Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6x6SSS 120# Cardstock in WhiteSSS Beautiful Day Stamp SetMemento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic markers in G00 Jade GreenG02 Spectrum GreenG03 Meadow GreenBV000 Iridescent MauveBV00 Mauve Shadow, and BV01 ViolaMISTI Stamping Tool, and the Fiskars Paper Trimmer

So, do enjoy (and hopefully I'll figure out a new way to film)!

Until next time...