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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Playing with watercolours

I enjoy watercolours.  They have such a different look from markers or acrylic paints.  When I saw that there was a watercolour challenge, I jumped at the chance to enter.  I'm just a novice, but it's good to push oneself.

For my sketch I turned to Sketch Saturday and the archived sketch #240



And, finally, for my theme, I entered the "Less is More" seaside challenge.  What could be better than to finally use the sailboat stamp I had bought over a year ago and never used?

I really used a lot of concentrated colour on the front sail because that's what I've noticed, especially on sailboats in warmer areas.  For the sea and the reflection, I used more of a wash.  I liked the result and then went hunting for the right coordinating colours in my cardstock and Designer Paper.

For my base I used Coastal Cabana, then a layer of Basic Black and a layer of Bermuda Bay.  I found some Designner Paper with diagonal stripes that went nicely with the colours in my image and so I used that for my strip.  I cut the Watercolour paper with my Oval Framelits and then handcut around it for two additional layers, one Crushed Curry and the other Basic Black.

As my finishing touch, I stamped the anchor from the Open Sea stamp set onto brushed silver paper and then fussy cut it out to mount beside the oval.  The "sweet moments" sentiment from the Project Life Remember This stamp set seemed just right for my banner.


I entered this card into the Sketch Saturday challenge for the sketch.

I entered this card into the Less is More challenge for the seaside theme.

And I entered this card into the AAA card challenge for the watercolour.

14 comments:

  1. Superb card Heidi and very clever with the reflection too.
    Love your colour scheme and thanks for sharing.
    Sarah
    Less is More

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah. It didn't look complete until I had put in the reflection.

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  2. Enjoyed this card Heidi so simple lvmarilyn

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn. That means a great deal to me, considering how beautifully you paint.

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  3. Beautiful card, Heidi! I love the water-colored image! Great design! Thanks for joining us for Sketch Saturday this week!

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    1. Thank you Carla. I thought the sketh really suited the image. Great selection in your Archives.

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  4. Super card Heidi, love the reflection too!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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    1. Thank you so much, Chrissie. I enjoy your challenges.

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  5. Heidi, you are an artist and your scene is so beautifully watercolored! Thank you for sharing your art with us at AAA Cards!

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    1. Thank you very much, Angela. What a lovely thing to say!

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  6. Fantastic card, the reflection is perfect!

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  7. Sorry to be so late commenting Heidi, what a super seaside creation!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
    Anne
    LIM Designer

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    1. Thanks so much, Anne. Better late than never---I really appreciate that you took the time to comment.

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