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Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 4

Hi! This is my 5th post about Altenew Academy’s Artists Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class. Today I am sharing the day 4 homework project and admittedly I am the least satisfied with this project. The goal was to use watercolor wet on wet for the background and to use light glazing to color in images on top of that. I was trying for a bright and happy feel by using warm colors for my wet on wet background as well as for my glazing. I think in the process I created a background that didn’t really impact the flowers that were painted on it because the background was too light. This definitely could use some more playing and experimenting. Here’s what I created:

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I tried to use mostly yellow in the background because I know from color theory that using green on top of red will really dull the green and I wanted things to remain bright. I think I maybe should have gone for a more intense yellow in the background and it might have had more of an impact.

The stamp I used is called Exotic Garden and at times I had to use my #2 round brush to get into some of the really tight areas since my Silver #8 round was much too big for them. The stamped image was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. (A smaller {possibly #4 round} Silver brush is definitely on my wishlist. I do have a #4 brush as well as a #6, but they don’t come to a point the way my Silver brushes do so I really feel like upgrading might be a good plan.)

The sentiment is a Sizzix die from Stampin’ Up cut from the gold foil Altenew Specialty Paper Sampler and the twine and sequins were from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to continue to work on the next homework which is no-line watercoloring, but I definitely need some kind of deadline and less time commitments for me to do so… I will share my progress on Instagram.

I’ll be linking this up for the Altenew Educators “For the Love of Flowers” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway. I love that all my watercolor homework has involved flowers because they are so very lovely and perfect for so many wonderful people who I know and love. Anyway I hope you have a chance to join in!

Ruth

 

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Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 3

Hi! I know that it seems like it’s been a while, but basically I was working on the painting portion of homework for 3 days worth of the Altenew Academy Artists’ Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class since last I posted. Today I finally assembled two of the cards for the class and I am still working on the watercolor portion of Day 5’s class, which is really taking a while but is hopefully well worth the effort. I also am trying to get as much done now while my daughter is still at school since she’ll be home for Spring Break at the end of this week and I have all my supplies set up in her room so I don’t have to put everything away each time I work. It’s such a time-saver.

Let’s get to the project!

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I used Shades of Purple, Cherry Blossom, and Fiery Sunset for my Ombre background. I really love Fiery Sunset as a color and could not resist using it in my Ombre. I stamped and used white embossing powder on the sentiments from the Mega Greetings 3 stamp set and the images were stamped in Lavender Fields and Forest Glades ink and are from the Watercolor Roses stamp set. All of the above supplies are from Altenew and I’ve linked to them for you.

I once again couldn’t resist using the Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9 for a little bit of shimmer and dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a lovely day!

Next up: watercolor wet on wet background with stamping and glazing on top

Ruth

P.S. I forgot to mention there is a linky party going on for Altenew to celebrate their Certified Educator program. It’s called For the Love of Flowers and that is definitely something I can get on board with!!! Check it out (I’ve linked it a the name of the challenge.)

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 1 Part 2

I have to say it’s hard to complain about anything on a day when the sun is shining brightly in Illinois in late February and I get to make lots of rainbows with bright happy colors!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday I have received my Altenew Artists’ Watercolor pan set so today I played with them. And as I mentioned above they really brought me so much joy! Such a great selection of colors and I can’t wait to paint more with them.

First I created a chart looking at transparency/opacity of the colors.

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(see what I mean about bright and happy colors?)

Our instructor, Emily, shared a way to make a simple chart using the pan wraps and lines drawn with a black waterproof marker (I used a Bic Mark-it because they are acid free and I don’t mind the odor.) It’s really convenient that the pan wraps are sticky so they just adhere pretty easily to the chart! I also made a swatch chart with the names of the colors in same rainbow order that you find them in the palette that will fit inside the palette at the same time as this transparency/opacity chart to save time. All the pans have the names of the colors printed on them which is really awesome, but the chart helps when you just want to pick the colors you are looking for.

Here is a closeup of some of the biggest revelations when it came to transparency:

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Pure White was to be expected, but Summer Afternoon was a bit of a surprise

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Also surprising was Fall Harvest

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And Lapis Lazuli had less transparency than expected along with Shades of Purple to a small degree.

Next I created a chart for a limited number of colors for glazing. I used Red Cosmos, Warm and Cozy, Summer Afternoon, Rain Forest, Sea Shore, Lapis Lazuli, and Shades of Purple, which were the same colors Emily used in class.

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I struggled a little with keeping the colors on the first layer from mixing as I added the color on top. It is possible that the first layer wasn’t dry enough or that I had too much water in the my paint for the colors. In retrospect I might do this chart again with more space between each line of color. That might help things as well.

Next up: Making a card with a stamped and watercolored flower!

Thanks so much for stopping in! Have a fabulous rest of your day and enjoy leap day tomorrow!

Ruth

Artists’ Watercolor 101 Day 1

I love taking online classes and when Altenew announced a new watercolor class I decided it was definitely one that I wanted to take. I’ve taken a few Altenew classes and have really loved what I’ve learned, but they are also very inexpensive and are generally pretty easy to at least watch all the lessons when they go live. My challenge comes with actually applying what I’m learning by doing the ‘homework’. I always feel inspired and thankfully there is time after the lessons go live to complete the homework but I don’t always commit to doing it. This time even though I don’t have the Altenew brand paints the instructor used I decided to just go ahead and start in on some of the lessons. So these are part of my ‘homework’ from day 1 of Artists’ Watercolor 101.

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Emily Midgett was showing different techniques to use with watercolors and how different the paints can look just with different techniques. I’ve used Daniel Smith watercolors for these exercises. Quinacridone Pink is on all of the panels except the lower right. I’ve added Permanent Yellow Deep and Carbazole Violet in the lower left and Carbazole Violet in the lower middle. I used Quinacridone Coral, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, and Permanent Yellow Deep in the lower right. I am least excited by how the wet on wet section came out – definitely need to work on my technique there, but I’m in love with the Ombre panel. I think I might be doing a whole lot with this color combination in the future!

Next I was thinking ahead to the next lesson and decided to work on finding a green that I thought would go nicely with the Quinacridone Pink for leaves of the flower I was planning on painting as well as what color would layer up nicely on top for shadow. This is what my experiment looks like.

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I started with Green Apatite Genuine on the two left swatches and Sap Green on the two right ones. I then added Indanthrone Blue to both greens and then Carbazone Violet to both greens. As I expected, the far right swatch turned out very brown because Sap Green has a lot of yellow so color theory told me that adding violet would make brown. I am undecided as to whether or not I’ll go with the Sap Green with Carbazone Violet or not.

***During the time between when I started the swatching and when I was writing this post my Altenew Artist Watercolors arrived, so I should be able to use the same colors that Emily used in class going forward. I’m glad I tried this, though, since I own these Daniel Smith colors and I am sure I can use this information in the future!

Thanks for stopping in! I’m looking forward to getting to know my new Artist Watercolors through the coming exercises and projects!

Ruth

Aloha, Hawaii, Rise and Shine!

So, it’s taking a while to actually get going in Hawai’i, but here we are on our very first morning enjoying breakfast. Something that I think makes Hawai’i more magical is that there aren’t problems with bugs like there are in places we’ve visited in the continental US, so almost every hotel and restaurant is open to the outdoors. While we were eating our breakfast there were birds walking around and a gecko climbing a column, but no wasps or flies making us uncomfortable.

For this story, I adored this sketch by Laura Whitaker for  Stuck?! Sketches:

I saw the shaded area behind the layers as an opportunity to do some more watercolor techniques with Distress Inks and the banner along the left side was a fun place to put a film strip die cut (from Paper Issues).

I also was glad to see the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, because this is certainly qualifying as anything (and I always love seeing what their design team creates when they get to choose the theme!)

Here’s my layout:

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(I have lots of musings about this page, I apologize! I’ll get back to the pictures and techniques in a couple more paragraphs.) So another thing about  Hawai’i is that while the costs are high, meals are also incredibly generous. It might have been because we were all getting over the flu which left us lacking an appetite, but every meal was just huge – it made it easy to just snack for one meal and only have two major meals a day, which is quite convenient when there’s a lot of driving and exploring going on! 

I am sensitive to certain types of sunscreen and hate sunscreen running into my eyes, but I am also very sensitive to the sun, so I tend to get zinc-based sunscreens. The sunscreen stick I got for us to use in Hawai’i that was zinc-based left our skin even whiter than usual. It was a joke in our family that we were “Pasty” (pronounced “past” with a “y” at the end – this was my son’s invention and made our white faces smile.)

More details of the layout? Sure!

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For the yellow and orange solid pieces, I used the Distress ink pads directly on watercolor paper – the effect is obviously very bold and bright. I liked the contrast with the watercolor scribbles in the background (created with a Distress ink pad smooshed onto my craft mat and picked up with a water brush.) I scattered a few sequins around (they are from SpiegelMomScrapShop Etsy store – these were lemon from a summer mix with green and pink. She has awesome mixes and I love that I get can just a few to add some shine – I don’t need a ton to get the effect that I want.)

The patterned paper is from Bella Blvd (Freestyle banana), Hawaii was stamped with Sally’s ABC’s stamp set by Lawn Fawn with Distress ink and the sun and Aloha cuts are from the Silhouette store (I added an additional offset to create the orange layer around the Aloha.)

I had a blast creating this bright and fun page and am so glad to have another story of our trip documented!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll stop in again soon!

Ruth

 

Are we There Yet?

Yes, we did make it (and I scrapped the page to record the memory), but it wasn’t pretty! The good thing was that it was pretty when we got there, so it was worth it! Where am I talking about – Hawai’i! Yep, and it was me asking the question Are we There Yet?!

I started out with this sketch from Grand Diva’s Scrappy Friends challenge:

I liked that there were spots for multiple photos and that they were small since I was using pictures from my phone (and that phone did not have a great camera on it.) Also the fact that the photos were divided worked well for my page, too. Then there was the layering and the strips along the top – just a wonderful sketch for my page!

Shall we take a look?

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Die cuts (manual and digital), stamping, wood veneer, watercolor, distressing, washi – 5 of my favorite techniques all in one place (the distressing is something I felt was needed, it’s just not a favorite)

Now, I really loved the fact that artwork that was hanging in the hotel was on our room keys and that they let us keep them when we were checking out. I thought this would be a fun place to display them because it’s when we first saw them (and the artwork.)

The details:

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The map was created by stamping the image with Distress Ink and clear heat embossing it. To get the watercolor look I smooshed the ink pads for the states and the ocean colors onto my craft mat and picked them up with a slightly wet water brush. I colored around the land borders with a sepia brush tip pen from Sakura and drew the travel path with a fine tip pen from the same set. The wood veneer planes were smooshed into a Distress Ink pad and then set aside to dry to help them stand out a little.

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All of the solid colored papers were created with the same watercolor technique as before, just on a larger piece of paper. I love the ombre look I got with the “Let’s Go” die cut by using yellow into orange. The Lawn Fawn stamps were perfect for this story.

In general, I loved how I was able to customize my papers for the die cuts by using the Distress Inks to watercolor and how all Distress Inks seem to go together very well no matter what.

And I’m very happy that Kelly’s Scrappy Friends Challenge:

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allowed me to focus on the wonderful oranges and yellows that were in the artwork on our room keys!

The patterned paper and washi tape are from Bella Blvd and I used my favorite Scotch Quick Dry adhesive on the wood veneer pieces, my Xyron Mega Runner for the larger pieces of paper and my Zig fine tip and chisel tip glue pens for the smaller paper bits.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got more to share in the coming days, so I hope to see you back soon!

Ruth

Where do you find inspiration?

Hi! I’ve been busy creating, but haven’t taken the time to share (some deadlines looming), but I wanted to share a couple of things and chat a bit about inspiration.

My projects today were definitely inspired, but inspiration for me usually has many different dimensions. For these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by my Mom and her love of all that is purple. (One of these will be going to her and one to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.)

Enough of the inspiration, on to the projects!

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With an AC cardstock kraft card base

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With a Pebbles Basics card base

I loved how dreamy and soft these turned out, with a touch of Color Shine to add some shine and shimmer in spots. I am glad I tried the purple because it surprised me how well it worked for these Christmas cards! I used Dusty Concord Distress ink along with some Milled Lavender around the middle. The branches were inked with Distress Ink, too, but I don’t remember which one. I just love that no matter what, they coordinate really well together!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about what inspires you! I have more to share, so stay tuned ;-)!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

Thank you for the inspiration!

Yep! I was in love and then I was inspired and then I got to playing!

I found out about this wonderful event for Jenn Shurkus:

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It’s awesome that she’s been blogging for 10 years! I can’t wait until I get there (and I’ve got a ways to go!)

So, I’ve had a few of her projects on my inspiration list and then I saw this card:

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And I knew it was the one for me!!!

So, I got to looking around, found a die cut from Echo Park in the Silhouette Online Store that I thought would work for what I hoped to do and got cutting, then painting, then piecing and then putting it all together!

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At this point I’m thinking “it’s a good thing I like putting puzzles together!”

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The middle of the flower had lots of tiny dots as part of the die cut, which were going to be very difficult to work with at this scale, so when I was working on the background I painted some dots in the middle and started to put the puzzle together around it. It was honestly fun!

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My finished card. I’m so glad I gave this a try and want to thank Jen so much for the inspiration! I probably would have tried this at some point, but having a deadline inspired me to go for it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! There’s a little bit of time left to enter, so check out Jenn’s blog and hopefully I’ll see your project there before the gallery closes!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Card: Halcraft; Watercolor paper: Artist’s Loft; Watercolors: Kuretake; Rub-on: We R Memory Keepers; /a

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Perfect shape!

Hi! Thanks for visiting today! I’m sharing a project that is posted on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today and I know lately I’ve been using an endless supply of files from the shop. My project today, though, uses just part of one. I was inspired by a sketch and this shape was just what I wanted to create my page!

Here it is:

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I used the waves from this file:Playing in the Waves Title Cutting Files

Those waves fit perfectly with my pictures from a spot in Hawai’i where the waves were crashing against the lava at the shoreline sending salty spray into the air. I decided to make the waves big and bold, like the waves in my pictures. There was so much spray that I was very glad my camera was waterproof! All I had to do was clean off the lens every once in a while and I was good to go!

I used Distress Ink and Stain to do the watercoloring in the background for my page as well as for the die cut waves. I added a touch of Glimmer Mist to the top wave layer and the splatters around the page – I love the shine this added. Here’s a closeup:

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It was so wonderful to have the layers of the wave so I could glue down the bottom two layers and let the top curl rise up with some dimension.

The sketch I used is from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine’s 2015 Fabulous Fall” call for submissions

SCT was looking for fall themed pages, but I was so inspired by the sketch that I had to create my page about Hawai’i with it!

I couldn’t be happier to have this page ready for my album. I’m usually a lot more structured about how I create pages for a vacation album, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one all comes together! Will I have the same kind of flow that I usually like? Only time will tell! I am super happy that I’m letting the inspiration drive what pages I create when, though. I feel that energy will really be a great part of this album. How do you scrap your vacations? Do you usually create a separate album or do you include it with all your other pages for the year? I love creating one album for the vacation because it gives me a goal and gives those pictures a definite home that anyone can find quickly and easily.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love hearing your comments, so please leave me a few nice words below!

I hope you’re going to join in on the Under the Sea challenge that we’re having right now over on the PPPR blog. Check out all the details here: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Supplies I used for my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill; Watercolor Paper – Artist’s Loft; Watercolor medium – Ranger, Tattered Angels; Letter Stickers – American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye; Wood Veneer – Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico; Markers – Bic; Twine – The Twinery; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Inc.; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron.

ETA: I forgot to link this up to the Lasting Memories challenge #248 Together. This is the only picture I have of all four of us together on our vacation and I’m so happy to have it on this layout!

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Happy Birthday!

Hi! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! You may have noticed the subtitle on my blog. The month of February is one of those months that is really hard to get very much scrapbooking done because there are tons of birthdays + Valentine’s Day to make cards for. I don’t mind because these are very close family members and I enjoy making cards for them. I have two mothers (one in-law and my mom), a sister in law, a brother in law and a step father in law all with birthdays this month.

This card was going to be mailed on Friday, but will have to go to another home instead. My story is my Silhouette ate my (DT) homework. Not all of it, but since I made the paper that it ate and I wouldn’t get the replacement piece ready in time to get the card into the mail by the end of day, I punted and made a card from a card kit I had (it’s good to have a backup plan!) I remade the paper that got eaten and am so pleased with how bright and fun this card turned out!

Take a look:

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This image is so fun! I really feel like celebrating! I used watercolor paper and Distress Inks and Dyes to create the papers (the brown card base and white pieces are cardstock.) I used the Center Panel Step Card Cutting Files for the card base, Make a Wish Cutting Files for the sentiment and cake image and Simple Banner Shapes Cutting Files for the banners in the background. I really loved the colors that Lisa used on the file images and thought I’d be fun to make my own shades! There are so many wonderful layers of detail on these files – it makes it so much more fun than any flat image!

The DT for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons had a blog hop yesterday. There is a giveaway, a freebie (both of which end Sunday night) and an Anything Goes Challenge. Check out the hop post here: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons so you can be in it to win it!

Is there a month that you have a ton of birthdays to celebrate in your family? I’d love to hear about it, or about how your digital cutter ate your homework or any other story you’d like to share –  I just love hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Supplies not listed in post:

Paper – The Master’s Touch, Recollections, The Paper Studio; Spray – Tattered Angel; Stamps – Papertrey Ink; Pens – Zig; Adhesive – Scotch, Tombo, Xyron.

ETA: I am linking this project up with the current is issue Let’s Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y at Paper Issues, because Party!!

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