Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi Cameron

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Please give a warm welcome to first time guest on our blog, Bibi Cameron! You may have seen some of her gorgeous work on our blog hops! I became an instant fan when I saw the beautiful ways she brought our Picture Book French Bulldog to life. (I am biased as I am a proud French Bulldog Momma.) :D You can see this amazing inspiration by clicking HERE. Now onto the amazing inspiration, she made today! Read on and enjoy… it’s a stunner!
Hola from Scotland! its Bibi Cameron here and  I’m thrilled to have the chance to share with you my passion for cardmaking and watercolors! Yay! Since I saw Cosmos Background Stamp I knew it had to be mine!! it was love at first sight as I could imagine myself lost trying to find many ways to add colors to the gorgeous image.So this was my first try, completely inspired by the design of a shampoo bottle with beautiful purple and pink flowers on it.
I also use  Praying For You wafer die by Simon Says Stamp!   Loving the look and feel of the sentiment when using gold mirror cardstock by Tonic Studios. Isn’t it pretty?
 

So all this started with uncertainty…  I didn’t know what the outcome might be so I grabbed my Tim Holtz Platform and I stamped the Cosmos image several times on different cardstock colors (even on Vellum).  However, the one stamped on watercolor paper caught my attention after seeing how pretty the stamped image looked when I tried to stamp with a contaminated  Versafine clear ink pad… It did look clear but also a bit grey… gorgeous!

I also used my  36 color set  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. Incredibly affordable and versatile.  I like to dilute these paints with water, mixing and blending them with other colors to get new shades.

To apply them I  used a rounded Silver Velvet brush # 4,  and a super fine brush to add details ( lines – dots) as well…

 So I started by applying a very light wash of color (loads of water and very little pigment) on dry watercolor paper.  Sometimes I allow the paint to dry before applying another wash of color,  Other times  I apply a new wash of color when the paint is still wet …  Or I also use the brush with a little paint (almost dry) on dry paper to create texture and lines.
To add shadows I just apply a hint of brown or black paint here and there. I also try to apply lighter colors at the edge of the petals and go darker at the center.
I do not pay attention to where the shadows should go and I don’t mind if I get hard lines or cauliflowers. I kind of like a quirky watercolor composition, expontaneous, unprofessional, imperfect but very fun.. every time is something different and unpredictable.  I love that!

 So I put Spanish guitar music on and  I  enjoyed applying many washes of color to get a highly pigmented tone.Last but not least I added details….  the sentiment, a couple of sequins and using markers I added black and white dots over the flowers.


Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi Cameron Have you tried watercolors yet?  I would really encourage you to give it a try.  

I hope you like my card and a big thanks to Simon Says Stamp Team for having me today.

Happy crafting
x
Bibi

SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp COSMOS…
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Simon Says Stamp PRAYING FOR YOU…
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RESERVE Tim Holtz Tonic Craft TRAVEL…
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD…
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Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 9×12…
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Tonic HARVEST GOLD Mirror Card Gloss…
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Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 COLOR SET
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Uni POSCA EXTRA FINE WHITE Paint…
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Uni POSCA MEDIUM POINT WHITE Paint…
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 4…
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Silver BLACK VELVET Round Brush Set…
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Simon Says Stamp Pigment Ink Pad…
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Brutus Monroe WHITE SQUARE CARD BASES…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Neat and Tangled WILD ORCHID Sequin Mix
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Tonic Studios 6 x 12 INCH GUILLOTINE…
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Thanks for reading, and thanks to Bibi for being our guest!

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  1. Anything floral is sure to catch my attention and your card is jam paced with gorgeous flowers. Your colors are lovely and great sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Totally awesome! Looks like it is completely freehand painted, no stamping. I don’t think I could pull that off at all! I could do that die cut! I think that may be a must have soon. Next time I need a video!

  3. This is one of my favorite backgrounds that Simon has done and I love how you watercolored it! It’s beautiful!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. A job well done! This card is just gorgeous. The watercoloring on all of the flowers of this background stamp are amazing.

  5. Beautiful watercoloring! The pinks and purples are so vibrant, and the golden yellow centers really pop the flowers out! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card!

  6. a masterpiece. i love everything about this card design so much that i’m going to have to order that stamp. she should be a permanent member of your design team.

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