Category Archives: Art Impressions

Watercolor Gate and testing watercolor paper

A few days ago we woke up to temperatures in the 20’s but today it is in the mid 70’s!  That’s how it is in northwest Florida. And because of the beautiful temperatures I am still in springtime mode with watercoloring.

I am really such a beginner at watercoloring, and while stamps help I struggle to control the water, often ending up with just blobs of color.  My craft room contains many different brushes, several different brands of watercolor paint and a variety of watercolor paper.  All range from the very cheap to the more expensive.  The biggest impact in helping me do better however is the type of watercolor paper.  I’ve found that the better quality paper will allow better control of the colors and blending.  Here is my unscientific test of two brands of watercolor paper.

The stamps are all from Art Impressions.  I used the same stamps, same brand of water based markers (although in slightly different colors) but two different watercolor papers. Here is what I used – the unfinished card on the left uses Artist Touch, the finished card on the right uses Saunders.

Artist Touch Watercolor (the small blue tablet) – 140 lb weight cold press made in China.  Twelve 4 x 6 sheets for $2 at Hobby Lobby (before coupons, taxes etc). Aside from the price I choose this because it is a nice bright white color and most watercolor papers are more off white.

Saunders Waterford – 140 lb cold press, 100% cotton made in England.  A block of twenty 12 x 9 sheets for about $30 at Dick Blick. I purchased this based on the recommendation from an online watercolor class I took.

The results?  While I like the bright white of the Artist Touch paper, I found it difficult to work with.  Even the smallest amount of water would spread the color around quickly.  I ended up throwing away two pieces before I was able to get one I was reasonable happy with. I was able to work much longer with color with the Saunders paper.  The card on the right with the Saunders paper was my first try – so there was no waste.

About the cost…while the Saunders paper is more expensive, let me break it down to what it costs for a 4 x 6 piece.  The Artist Touch paper breaks down to about $.17 per 4 x 6 sheet.  With Saunders, breaking down the price of the block of twenty 12 x 9 sheets works out to about $.38 per 4 x 6 piece.  While Saunders ends up being about double, I think $.38 for a card front is well worth it.  And I had no waste when I used this brand.

Now, I think the less expensive brands have a place in my craft room – I will use them for practicing and testing colors.  I also like using watercolor paper as card bases and using the cheaper versions will work just fine for this purpose.

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watercolor fence and pot

Hello my crafty friends!  I’m breaking out my watercolor stamps.  I love these images from Art Impressions – they are easy to use and work up quickly.  The first card is a fence scene.

The fence was stamped using a sepia marker (all the markers used here are water based).  Then I added in all the foliage and floral stamps using different colors – and used an aqua pen to blend.

The next is a quick thank you card I made using the pot and more of the foliage and floral stamps from AI.  This one came together very quickly.  The sentiment is from Papertrey.

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Happy Birthday Orvil!

Today is my dear, sweet, wonderful  husbands birthday!  Happy Birthday honey!

I usually keep this blog for stamping related posts, but I could not let the day go  by without wishing him a great day.

Orvil is such a great guy – kind, generous and funny.  A Navy veteran who loves dogs, nature and his beloved corvette.  I know I fall somewhere in there as well!    He is such a great handyman around the house, but loves to kick back and relax as well.

For his birthday I revamped this card into a birthday card by changing out the sentiment.  When we moved to Florida he put up a bunch of birdhhouses and feeders in the backyard and I’ve been amazed at the variety of birds that we’ve attracted.  It makes spending time on the back patio so much more interesting.    So the birdhouse theme card seemed perfect.

He looks at the card and marvels about how great it is, then starts really looking closely at it.  Finally he says  – “what’s with the button?”.   You know guys  – if there is a button it should be there to hold something together, right?   I explain that it is merely decorative (doesn’t he know that buttons are all the rage now?).    I’m not sure he understands the concept…

Anyway – happy birthday dear!!

Whimsical inspiration

I don’t have many cute and whimsical images, but when I saw this cute birdhouse stamp from Art Impressions,  it had my name all over it!  There are several people in my family who have birds, so I know I will get alot of use out of this stamp!

My first step was to chose the designer paper for the background – Basic Grey Urban Prarie.  The colors for the birdhouses were pulled from there.  The image was stamped in Palette Burnt Umber on watercolor paper.

I used copic markers to color the birdhouses and I must apologize for not knowing which colors I used.  I just went to my copic box and started pulling blues, pinks and yellows and trying them all out.   At least two and in the case of the pink birdhouse, 3 different shades were used for each color.

While copics were used on the birdhouses, water based markers were used for the greenery, flowers and sky. 

Note the button on the uppper left corner…..I don’t own any buttons (have not jumped on that craze yet!!!), but I do have a few sizzix dies of buttons and that was used here.  I actually like the paper button better than an actual button – it seems to go with the whimsical look of the image.

Sizzix oval dies were also used for the sentiment, which is from Flourishes.

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Here are a couple of ATC’s that I did some time ago. I like doing these, because you can usually use your scraps to make them. I’ve traded these in the past, but was at a loss of what to do with the ones I received. I’ve included several in my scrapbook pages and some I’ve used in my journals to brighten up the pages a bit. What do you do with yours?
(Palm ATC: stamps by Art Impressions, SU, Limited Edition and Wordsworth, decorative scissors, marvy markers, watercolor and teal paper; Martini ATC: stamps I think are from Rubbernecker, marvy markers, white and red paper)