Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Water Coloring

When I was in junior high school I took a couple of art classes and loved them. I mostly did work in pastels.  They are more "forgiving" than water coloring.  Although, there are techniques an artist can employ when using water colors to get rid of errors. All of that being said, I love the look of water coloring and I certainly have used water coloring techniques with various mediums in my stamping.

One of the neat things about stamp conventions is that (in my opinion) the really good booths have either a "make and take" or a demo artist showing the techniques to use their stamps.   During the York, PA Heirloom stamp show/convention Art Impressions was there with a booth -- and for the first time!  One of the owner's was giving a demo.  The demo was wonderful.  I have long looked at their stamps and have admired the wonderful water color look they achieve with their stamps but I never really knew how to get that look. So I was quite excited to watch her paint away using a dry/damp paint brush, dye based markers, and watercolor paper. I sure hope they come back in October 2016!I learned a lot watching her paint.

This is one of the samples she painted that day.
I bought about four sets that day after watching her.  I tried to buy the bits and pieces that she used in what she was doing and to be able to paint some scenes.  Isn't it just beautiful?

Then I came home and tried out she showed us that day. I tried her water coloring "technique" with another stamp set I already owned to see if her technique could be used with other stamps. I used a very old stamp set from Stampin' Up. Some of you may have it in your collection of stamps. This is the ATC card I made using her technique.

I was fairly happy with my efforts in one evening. And the last week I have been trying the Art Impression stamps I bought that day. 

Here is the one I tried using the same stamps she used.  I don't think it is as good as hers at here, but I am pleased with the results of my effort. What do you think?
It is not "exactly" like here but I thought it was certainly OK! What new stamping or scrapping technique have you learned lately?

Have a wonderfully inky day!


Monique said...

Beautiful...I'm thinking her colors look more muted than yours. For someone who knows near-nothing about watercolor, I'll venture that more water would lighten it up and make it less intense-Then again, maybe you want the intensity! Your flowers are a pleasing as hers...I tend to give detail stamps hints of color only...but that is certainly not the only way to do it!

Aimeslee Winans said...

I love your flower bucket, Judy. I think you learned how! Good to see you venturing out and trying new stuff, xoxo.

Hetty said...

So beautiful and vibrant, Judy!
I love that girl stamp and you know why?
It was my very first SU! set I bought on ebay and became a member of the creative stamping friends! Some time ago.....good memories.

Lee Ann said...

I love your beautiful, vibrant colos. I think you did a wonderful job!