Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shinhan Watercolors and a Palette Tip

Hi all! Today I have a post about some watercolor paints I bought a while back - Shinhan Watercolors.  I just took the Online Card Classes Intermediate Watercoloring class and had a lot of fun playing with these paints!  Here's a pic of the box:

And the paint tubes:

They are 7.5 ml each.  I've seen most other tube paints come in 15 ml or 5 ml, so this is an in-between size.  Initially I thought the tubes were a little small, but once I saw how little paint I needed, I realized that there's actually a pretty good amount of paint here.

I bought a Folding Palette with 28 paint wells in it and was able to fit all 30 colors, except for the black and white, which I don't use much anyway.  Here's what it looks like closed:

And open:

You can see that I've labeled each well with the color name so I'll know which paint goes where.  It was really simple with my label maker and 6 mm label tape.  The tape is laminated, so it resists the water and paint that goes over the labels.  I haven't had any problems yet with the tape lifting or getting messed up.

So anyway, I'm no watercolor artist, but I'm really liking these paints - very nice saturated color and they mix and paint very nicely (sorry I don't know more artistic terms!).  Here are a couple cards I made using these paints and techniques from the watercolor class:

The card above uses a pear image from Your Next Stamp and the card below uses stamps from Create A Smile.

That's all for now.  I hope to share more watercolored cards with you in the future.  BTW, I'm also using these paints for my brush lettering practice.  I know that I can use cheaper paints (meaning not artist quality), but I feel like it's more enjoyable with supplies I really like!

TFL and have a great day! ~Maureen

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My newest obsession...

Brush lettering!  I saw a couple people showing their work on social media and decided to give it a try since I've loved the look for a really long time, but didn't know how to go about teaching it to myself.

Random Olive has put together a printable guide so everyone can learn (with lots of practice!) how to do brush lettering.  I've been doing it for a few days now and can already feel and see myself improving!

To start, I printed out the entire guide on my laser printer.  I knew I wanted to be able to trace directly over the printing and didn't want the ink to smear so that's why I chose laser.  It's not absolutely necessary though.  Then I punched holes in all the sheets and put them in a big binder.  I'm using page protectors as dividers for the different sections, and have been dating all the sheets when I do them so I can keep track of my progress.

Not only does Random Olive have a complete guide (including numbers) to learn the lettering, but she also has monthly challenges with a new word prompt each day to help you practice.  You can either just practice the words on your own, or you can buy traceable sheets of all the words.  Even though I haven't completed my brush lettering course, I'm also doing the word challenges to get even more practice.  I printed out 3 copies of each word so I make sure to get lots and lots of practice!

You can see in the top photo that I'm using a real paintbrush and some really old Radiant Pearl paints that I haven't used in ages.  It's helping me to get rid of that paint, and it's fun to play with different colors, especially when they sparkle!  But I'm also trying it with my Tombow brush markers because they give a very different look for me.

If you're interested in learning brush lettering, I highly recommend the guide and monthly challenges!  You can learn a fun new skill and by using my affiliate links in the sidebar (at no extra cost to you!), I'll get a little commission: Win-Win!!

I'm sharing my work on my Instagram account and if you get into it, I'd love to see your work there too!  TFL!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

You're A Real Gem

Hi all! Today I have a card that uses powdered watercolors, specifically Brushos, but you can definitely use Color Bursts instead. I was playing one day when I came up with a result that looked kind of mottled and really cool so I kept playing until I figured out how to recreate it. Here's the card I made using the technique:

And here's a closer look at the effect:

I did a video so you could see how I did it:

And here's THE LINK to the video in case you can't see the video player above.

And here are some other results that I got:

The first shows the perfect effect with the water, but a little too much powder, making it very dark.  Still a nice effect though.  The second sample needed a little more water, especially on the left side.

On the first sample, I used a little too much water so it blended more than I liked, but it's still nice.  On the second sample, I dampened the watercolor paper first so that the powder would stick better, but it ended up blending way more than I wanted.  I wouldn't do this in the future.  The powder on dry paper definitely gives better mottled results.

This is also for the MFT Color Challenge.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

YNS Challenges

Hi all!  It's time for new challenges over at the Your Next Stamp blog.  For the next 2 weeks we have this sketch:

And this color challenge:

I decided to go with the color challenge and came up with this:

I used the YNS set Cats and Dogs stamp set and its matching die set as well as the Stitched Rectangle die set.  I used Brusho powders on watercolor paper to make the blue background.  Then I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in Versafine ink.  I stamped the cat on white cardstock, colored with Copics, and cut out with the coordinating die.

We hope you'll play along with us!  All the details can be found on the YNS Blog.  TFL!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Large Sunburst Shaker Card

Hi all!  I have a card that I made for the Whatcha Watching? post over at the YNS Blog.

It's a fully enclosed shaker card.  I used my woodburning tool to seal the pocket and there's a video up on the YNS blog.  I'd love if you'd check it out!

I used 2 of my new die sets: Scrapworks - Large Sunburst Die Set and Bow-tiful Little Bows Die Set.  I also used the Java Geek stamp set and matching dies, as well as Winter Home for the sentiment.  Finally I added some shaker bits from Lucy's Little Things.

This is also for the Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and SSS Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Embrace Happiness

Hi all!  I have a card I'd like to share today that was made for the Power Poppy "Time to Rewind" challenge (pick any PP challenge from 2015).  I picked the "Pencil Me In" challenge - color with colored pencils, including watercolor pencils.  Here's what I came up with:

I used the image Tulips from Power Poppy.  It was colored with Luminance colored pencils, then I added a very faint yellow halo watercolored around the image using an Inktense pencil.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Need I Say More?

Hi all!  Today I have the monthly Your Next Stamp DT Dare.  This month our theme is “A Few of My Favorite Things.”  Here’s what I came up with:

My favorite things on this card: coffee, the Scrapworks - Large Sunburst Die Set (that I designed!), and the Bow-tiful Little Bows die set (that I designed!).  Hee hee!  Yes, I definitely am partial to things I design!

I used the Java Geek stamp set, the matching dies, and a Love Me Some Latte gumdrop.  I just adore the little bows and will probably be trying to put them on every card I make!
I hope you like this card and that you’ll go over to the YNS Blog to see what everybody else came up with and comment there for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!  TFL!