Thursday, July 03, 2008

Touch of Nature Watercolor

I absolutely love to watercolor. I find it very soothing and peaceful. You know, if someone told me 8 years ago that I could watercolor, I would have told them they were crazy! It's amazing what we learn sometimes, huh!

This card features the Touch of Nature stamp set and is currently on the Retired List. The watercolor technique was done with an Aqua Painter and Watercolor Crayons. I applied the watercolor by dipping the brush of the Aqua Painter on the flat end of the watercolor crayon, then painting. If you look closely, you'll see that the paper was a slightly textured look. That is because it is watercolor paper. I think this is definitely the secret to beautiful watercolor. Why? I'm so glad you asked!! It is thicker than our normal cardstock and holds the water better. This allows us to blend the colors. Plus, you can add more color on top of a color your have already applied without worrying about the cardstock "pilling up" -- you know when the cardstock becomes saturated with water and you get those little cardstock balls!!

Another feature to this card is the closure using the Hodgepodge Hardware and the Slit punch. I really love the way this works! I do know the Hodgepodge Hardware that is currently in the Spring Summer Collection 2008 will not be in the upcoming Fall Winter Idea Book and Catalog, but I'm going to go out on a limb here (like the Robin!) and I bet it will be repackaged. Of course, it is a great time to pick up a box of the Hodgepodge Hardware -- Antique Brass is my fav!!!!

This weekend the Stamp, Play and Create session will feature watercolor techniques and this is one technique we will be using! I'll be sure to post the samples for you on Monday! If you are local and would like to attend, there is still room, so let me know as soon as possible. I would love to have you!

Have a great day!

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