I am not good at watercoloring. I’ve tried to study it, tried to create art with it, but it is a beast I always struggle with. I made these roses about a month ago with watercolor pencils – note that I tried twice, with not-so-good results (I’m being polite to myself, LOL):
I love beautiful watercolored art, love how bright and transparent the colors look, and it always fills me with wonder how those little puddles of dried, colored water can look so beautiful when done right (the work of several ladies from SplitcoastStampers come to mind)… My big problem is, I can not make my watercolors look “right”!
Anyway, when I watched the Debby Hughes’s SCS tutorial on partial die-cutting, I noted with interest how she watercolored a die-cut butterfly – it looked gorgeous! She had plenty of tips – and it made me want to try watercoloring again: this time using a cut image (I always have trouble with edges when watercoloring, with a cut image, I don’t have to worry about them!). The opportunity to do this came when Vicki Dutcher’s Color Challenge (use Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Calypso Coral) came with the added “dessert” of using watercolor.
Using 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, I cut a lovely flourish image by Shery K Designs (it’s a free SVG download) on the Cricut/SCAL. Since the paper is thick, I did the cutting twice. I got the brushes and watercolors from an old watercolor-by-number project and proceeded to paint… and the result is the card above. It is pretty simple but I am certainly proud of it! Yay, there’s hope!
I am excitedly making a second card using another flourish from the set by Shery – stay tuned!