Friday, July 11, 2014

Watercolor Art

 My new studio is still but a blank canvas right now. We honestly don't have much to do to the bones of the space, just some trim work, painting, and flooring. It's simply a matter of finding the time to do it. But I'm still having fun planning things out, buying decor pieces here and there (scored a vintage globe the other day!), and creating fun art for the space.The other day I whipped up a couple of watercolor pieces to frame and display for my new studio. They came together super quickly, maybe about 20 minutes! They aren't perfect, but art never is, right? :)

I used the color combo I plan to use in the new space, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, and Black. I also added in a little Smoky Slate to tame down the black a bit. These were seriously so simple to create. I only needed a few supplies, starting with my ink, watercolor cardstock, and Aqua Painter. For the first print I just started painting the colors in an arrow shape, alternating colors. After it dried a bit, I pulled out my VersaMarker (found at my local craft store, you could also use a stamp and VersaMark Pad for this), and drew "dream" and an arrow directly on my paper. I heat embossed over that with gold embossing powder. Because of the rough texture of the watercolor cardstock, I had to do that a couple more times, simply retracing over the word and arrow and embossing again. 

This print is my favorite. Again, it's so not perfect, but I love it. I started by free handing the outline of a feather on my watercolor cardstock with the Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker. Then, I used my Aqua Painter and ink pads again. This time instead of cleaning the brush after each stroke, I used randomly painted one color on at a time, cleaned my brush, then went on to the next color. I didn't use black with the other colors in the feather, but only to add a little featheriness :) to the outside edges and for the vein of the feather. Like I said, this isn't perfect, but I love how it turned out!
I think these are going to look great in my new studio, and can't wait to find the perfect frame for them. Do you ever create your own art with ink & stamps? Or venture out even more and pull out the Aqua Painter? This is my first attempt, and the outcome couldn't be more perfectly imperfect!  
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