I just finished up the Creative Watercolor Media class over at the Altenew Academy. It is really a great class to learn ways to stretch your supplies. You’ll learn how you can watercolor with supplies you may already have in your stash. I was inspired to pull out my Altenew Ink Sprays and do a little easy watercoloring.
This card didn’t end up at all how I envisioned it to begin with… not that it is a bad thing. Sometimes I lead the project, other times it leads me!
I wanted to see how the just how the ink sprays reacted with water so I shook up Ruby Red and Warm Sunshine really well, unscrewed their caps and used the straw to dabble color on my craft mat. I misted them with water. Wow, that’s pretty, I thought. So I just laid a Smooth Bristol panel on top and picked up the color. I lifted and moved the panel a few times to pick up the remaining color and cover most all of the white space.
After drying the panel with my heat tool, I stamped the Stunning Cosmos onto the panel with Jet Black ink and die cut them. I stamped stems, arranged the Cosmos (popping 2 with dimensional adhesive), added a sentiment and a few sequins.
Turns out this project can be a great background buster too! You know, those times you are just playing around and end up with several background panels? Yep, I save those tucked in a drawer within arms reach of my desk space. Originally, I thought I was going to stamp the Cosmos and then watercolor them in a more traditional fashion, but sometimes when you are onto a good thing you have to redirect your course! Flowers don’t need to be colored realistically to be beautiful or effective.
Today just wasn’t the day for intentions. For this card I had intended on watercoloring the die cut itself. When I did, it was pretty but lost its lacy effect that I fell in love with when I originally just had to have this die.
To make this die pop and keep the lace look, I liberally wet a panel of Smooth Bristol paper and dripped on ink spray color in Ocean Waves and Frayed Leaf. I let the color move on its own and then created a feathery blend at the top edge by adding more clean clear water.
I allowed this panel to dry naturally, but if you ever come to a point where you love it just as it is, it’s time to hit it with the heat tool. These inks will keep moving until the panel is dry. Generally, drying with a heat tool will provide more defined color patterns and natural will be more blended.
I trimmed the watercolor panel down to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and applied the Doodled Lace die cut with liquid glue. I heat embossed a sentiment from the Stunning Cosmos set and popped that for dimension. I also adhered a few Peacock Feather sequins for a perfect color match and added sparkle.
The moral today, go with the flow. Crafts don’t always turn out how we envision them, and that is okay! Sometimes we have to just look at what is in front of us and let it speak. Listen in to keep the crafty mojo flowing from your fingertips!
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