Weekender with Wanda – No Line Watercoloring with Altenew!
Happy Saturday! It’s the middle of August…which means it’s almost time for one of my favorite things – STAMPTEMBER! Yeah! Just a couple more weeks until we roll out the biggest release of the year here at Simon Says Stamp! I love it – and I’m ready for Autumn! The light is changing in the mornings – have you noticed it too? Today I’m sharing the latest edition of Weekender with Wanda, and I have a cool technique to share with you. I truly do hope that you try this because it is so nice to sit and color/paint and the results are so rewarding. I’m talking about No Line Watercoloring! Today’s post features beautiful stamps from one of our favorite member companies – Altenew. I used the gorgeous “Beautiful You” Stamp set for my card.
Doesn’t it look like I painted this? I actually fooled my husband when I showed it to him! Hee hee. I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and taped it to my hardboard to keep it nice and flat. (See photos and supplies below) No Line Watercoloring is simple! I took my Antique Linen Distress Ink pad and randomly stamped the strawberries, leaves and flowers onto the paper. This ink color is so light that you can barely see it. And, that’s the trick. After stamping in light ink, you color over it with watercolor paints! If you look closely you can barely make out the stamped images.
The pretty sentiment is stamped onto vellum paper because I wanted the color to show through it!
Here is what the center panel looked like when I started. Later, I die cut out my card layer by using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies.
I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor paints. These are the most beautiful paints! I use mine all the time. The colors are very rich and creamy and they paint like a dream. In this photo you can see that I started with the strawberries and colored them in. I let each color dry before using a new color. This kept the paint colors from running together.
Next I used green watercolor paint and did the leaves and stems.
Here is the whole panel before I cut it out with the Stitched Rectangles Die. One tip for coloring white items – use a soft grey. Strawberry flowers are white with yellow centers and I wanted my project to have those colors too. The grey tricks your eye into seeing this as a white object.
I ended up splattering a bit of brown paint over my finished panel. I always like paint splatters! I wanted a tiny pop of a bright color, so I layered a thin layer of aqua around my center panel before mounting it onto a kraft card base. The finishing touch was a twine bow.
Thank you for spending part of your weekend with me! I hope this technique will inspire you – and hope you try it yourself! See you soon!
What a beautiful card! I love the no line look you got using the distress ink. Your water coloring is so realistic looking. TFS
Love the strawberries
It does look hand painted. I have to try this.
Beautiful and adorable card! Love the no line colouring on your project!
What a great way to make a no line watercolor card! Super idea to use the Antique Linen.
Super sweet and pretty!
Such a pretty way to use these stamps!
Wow, stunning effect! Love the strawberries and the tip about the Antique Linen for no-line stamping is fab. Thanks! Wends xoxo
Gorgeous card, I love the no line watercoloring!
I like how this turned out. I think I can handle it.
Beautiful watercoloring Wanda!!! You always amaze me with your cards! :)
Such a Pretty card!!
Truly, deliciously gorgeous!
Such a pretty card!
Oh! I love it!
Love your technique! What a wonderful card!
I have long loved water color and these strawberries are delicious, Wanda! Have a Great Weekend!
Fun technique! TFS! Beautiful card!!