April 10, 2007

My First Watercolor the Art Impressions Way

My number one stamping desire is to learn to watercolor. Lacking time for a real class, I purchased (after Santa declined to give it to me!!) the DVD called Watercolor the Art Impressions Way. The idea behind this DVD is to stamp on watercolor paper using markers and a watercolor brush. It provides 9 examples and last week I purchased the new clear Art Impressions sets designed to go with this DVD -- I purchased the sets called Watercolor Projects 123 and Watercolor Projects 678 (I think I'll get 456 later!). These stamps also come individually wood mounted and in fact, Art Impressions included a wood mounted stamp as a thank you for my order. Each set has about 15 stamps, some of which are tiny accents, like grass and leaves, and others are larger, including a stamp pot, pitcher and a gate. Very nice. They stamp beautifully! Each set was $15.95. [Note to husband -- you got to go on vacation, I got to order stamps!!] In any event, here is my attempt at watercolor project #2. I still need a lot of practice, but I figured I'd be brave and post my first attempt anyway! I used the following supplies: Watercolor paper (essential to this technique): a variety of SU Markers; SU Garden Green and Confetti White cardstocks; Bind it All; Oval Cutter from Making Memories and non SU ribbons (source long forgotten!). That darn Bind it All just sits there mocking my previous attempts so I put my piece of watercolor paper in it and punched away. I had fun with this card and can see using these stamps with all sorts of containers. You know, I thought about not posting this because it isn't the greatest, but then I thought -- you liked the Bind it All disaster posting and sometimes it is fun to see someone struggling. I hope to post much nicer cards with these stamps as I practice!

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful and hopefilled card. I am not getting the binding machine, but love seeing what you do with it.

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  2. This is terrific...I love your bouquet! Such pretty colors too.

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  3. So very pretty -- love how colorful the bouquet is and I think you did a terrific job with your watercoloring! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. I think you did a marvelous job! I don't think my eyes are that untrainded. TFS.

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  5. First of all, remember that we are our own worst critic (and I remind myself of that everything I think my flute solo didn't go too well).

    Second of all, I think the card is bee-u-ti-ful and would put it in a place of honor in my home if I got it in my mailbox!!

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  6. Just beautiful Joan! I would never have known it was your first attempt if you hadn't mentionned it.

    Linda

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  7. My gosh Joan, this is beautiful. I can't wait to see what you would deem as acceptable. I love this.
    Cheryl

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  8. I think you did great! I have seen that DVD and it is very helpful - you did it justice!

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  9. Joan, isn't this fun? Art Impressions is based 90 minutes from my house, and I got a chance to take one of their workshops. I have never painted, and I came away after two hours with the most beautiful cards. I was almost in tears because I couldn't believe that I had created something so cool. I have many of their small grass and flower stamps plus the bucket, flower pot (a must) and the watering can. The stepping stones are also wonderful. I have a lot of gardening friends, and the cards I make with this technique and Art Impression stamps lend themselves to a very soft, natural look--perfect for this crowd. I will be anxious to hear more of your creations with their products; I felt successful right away. I love the colors you used in your card; beautiful!! (And at the workshop, the biggest advice was practice, practice, practice...I need to practice more on the shading and having a "light touch" with the brush). Have fun!

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  10. Your card is very pretty Joan. I think I *need* the the DVD. ;)

    Mary

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  11. are you kidding, this is beautiful, I can't wait to see what you accomplish when you start really working it..lol

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  12. I love the Art Impressions watercolor series. I have the DVD, several of the books and MANY stamps!! Your card is great - they make the technique so easy to do.

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is amazing, you sound like me, stop being so hard on yourself, I would love to do something that looked this beautiful.

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  14. yay! I bought myself a few stamps too but was neglected by Santa when it came to the DVD. (He can be SOOOO selfish). I still don't have it and I'm waiting for a sale. Thank you for sharing your card...now how about some beach scenes.

    Gimme more!!!

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  15. I think you did a beautiful job on this card! My absolute favorite technique is watercoloring - of course, I might need to invest in this DVD myself (I'm terrible at it, but love the overall effect). :) Of course, if you need a guinea pig to do close up inspections...my addy is....:D :D

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  16. this card is great! Nothing to be embarrassed about. I love the watercoloring as well as the card design.

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  17. Beautiful card - that bouquet is absolutely perfect!

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  18. Are you kidding? This is beautiful! Great design and watercoloring! Super job!

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