Ellen Hutson is out with a new release today by Julie Ebersole. My favorite stamp of the collection is the Mondo Sakura. It is gorgeous. Today I watercolored it with my favorite traditional watercolors by Daniel Smith. It’s been a while since I pulled them out and I am so happy I did. That’s not just me right? Getting in the zone with one particular medium before remembering the others that are favorites too? I’m a streaker like that.
I can’t wait for my colored pencil streak to show back up. This Mondo Sakura would be amazing to color!
I began by painting a Arches cold press 6″-ish square panel liberally with clean clear water and a Silver Black Velvet wash brush. I then added a thick swath of teal to the top and a royal blue at the bottom, leaving a wide white strip through the middle. I cleared my Silver Black Velvet size 6 round brush, doused it in clean water, and swiped side to side from top to bottom. I then flipped the panel and repeated again with clean water. The two colors met and blended beautifully across the center of the panel. If you find your blends are lacking, often the paper is a big part of the problem.
Arches and Saunders are two of my favorite, and well performing, watercolor papers. They both have at least 3 levels. Rough (very textured), cold pressed (somewhat textured), hot pressed (slightly textured). I also prefer a block (glued on all sides except a 1″ or so slot to slip a palette knife into to release panel) over a pad (glued at top only). The block is secure all the way around and helps the paper not to warp. Granted, you can always use tape for loose panels. Today’s project was a loose scrap. I didn’t bother to secure it at all. Just ran it though my Minc machine (laminator works too), once dry, to iron flat. I don’t recommend the Minc for pieces that are embossed.
I stamped the Mondo Sakura in Catherine Pooler Midnight ink and clear embossed it. The Pooler line stays wet long enough to emboss with so no need for Versamark. I then used just one shade of red, 2 shades of green, and an orange for the complete flower. I wanted to show that just a few colors in your arsenal can be pretty dramatic (The exact shades don’t matter. So many are extremely similar.). Simply varying the amounts of water can make a big difference. Use a heavy pigment loaded brush (6, round) near the base and shadowed areas, and blend out with clean clear water. Add layers for more depth.
Trim background panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″. Die cut flower, and “beautiful” sentiment included in set. Stamp “Hello” from Mondo Sakura set in Midnight ink. Assemble onto folded A2 card base with background watercolor panel popped, as well as the flowers. Liquid glue left and right sides of gold glitter “Beautiful” and adhere, creating a bit of a bridge from the background to the popped flowers.
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