Thursday, February 12, 2015

Growing in Unity - Day 4 - Watercolor Canvas

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be your Growing In Unity gal this week! Welcome to Day 4. Be sure to leave comments on my GIU posts each day this week because at the end of this fun week, I get to choose TWO of you to win an awesome grab back of 25 Unity Stamps! 

Today is all about experimenting!! As I first mentioned in my Tuesday post, I'm still being inspired by the black and white image with pops of color. I have these 6x6 wood panel that is pre primed with gesso…ready for acrylics or oil paints. Well, I wanted to watercolor so I applied a layer of Golden Absorbent Ground over the primed surface. I only did ONE layer. When I do this again, I will definitely do TWO layers of the absorbent ground. I learned from Donna Downey that Absorbent Ground creates a watercolor surface on surfaces that otherwise wouldn't be so acceptable to watercolors. However, like I said, I probably should have done two layers or perhaps will look into other watercolor primers for future projects.  I just feel like the watercolors didn't flow as well as they normally do as they started soaking in to the canvas too quickly and it was hard to move around and they would seep Oh well, that is what art is, right? Experimenting? While not entirely happy with the way my canvas turned out, I'm not entirely Unhappy either so I thought I would share regardless - that and I didn't have time to create anything else to share in its place. haha


I used two stamps on my canvas that I stamped first with Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink (this is my favorite ink to watercolor with because I love the crisp black lines it leaves on any surface). On Tuesday I mentioned how much I love the stamps Created by Tracey Malnofski - well, today I am using Autumn (and I saw on Facebook last night that she is coming out with a fairy line - I can't wait!!!) She comes with a beautiful empowering sentiment but I wanted to use the new sentiment set released by Donna Downey for Unity Stamp Co. - She. For what I had in mind with the pops of color on the canvas behind the black and white image - I knew the sentiment would be perfect. I also pulled out my Koi Watercolor travel set instead of the gelatos or peerless watercolors today. They had been neglected and I wanted the vibrancy of their colors on this project.


I am excited that I could actually get a picture of the Wink of Stella I used on her dress! It adds just the perfect amount of shimmer on my canvas. I thought about adding embellishments but then as I kept looking at it, I didn't want to take away from the painting itself (as awkward as it is.) 


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Products:
Unity Stamp Co - Autumn Stamp Set
Unity Stamp Co - She by Donna Downey
The artist panel 6x6 all-primed wood panel
Golden Absorbent Ground
Tsukinkeo Versafine Onyx Black ink
Koi Watercolor Travel Set
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Watercolor Brushes *Size 8 and 4
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush pen

40 comments :

Kim Rippere said...

I think it is gorgeous and you should be entirely happy with your project!

Lucinde said...

So beautiful! Love the pop of color :)

Lagene said...

WOW! I love this! Thanks for sharing how you prepped the wood!

Laura Turcotte said...

Yowza!!! that is beautiful!

Crystal said...

This is gorgeous! I love how you kept her grey with all those lovely, bright splotches of color surrounding her!

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

I can't get over how gorgeous that watercoloring effect is; I could NEVER do that! Simply beautiful!

shescrafty said...

Gorgeous! The watercolor effect is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!

sanketi said...

WOW!..love it!

heidiscoll said...

I really love the way these turn out! They are so pretty with the colors as a background and the girl in black and white. Keep experimenting, the creations are turning out great!

Beth F. said...

Oh wow! I love how you did the watercoloring! It is absolutely perfect with that sentiment stamp!

Kris B said...

Amazing water color background! This is gorgeous!!

Maria Levine said...

This came out beautiful!!! Thanks for being out GIU girl this week!!

Doreen said...

Another stunning watercolour.xxx

LORi said...

Fabulous!

Denise Bryant said...

I love the watercolor background! Didn't know there was such a thing as a watercolor primer.... I will have to look into that! Love the stamp and sentiment you used, and the Wink of Stella pen is a great addition for a bit of sparkle!

Becci said...

This is SO lovely!! The painting is fantastic :)

Jamie Ward said...

I LOVE it just the way it is. You are way too hard on yourself (but I understand, I am too). I have this set of stamps and I am totally *stealing* your fab idea of the black stamp with powerful water colors. Great job!

Ruby said...

LOVE this watercolour card. The background is lovely for the image.

Crafty Time 4U said...

Beautiful water coloring!

Sweet April said...

You should be very happy with this outstanding creation. I love your technique, it's so inspiraring and lovely. Thanks for teaching new ideas.

Gaylynn said...

Wow, the background is stunning. Lovely colors for this. :)

Miwa said...

WOW! This is amazing!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Well, I think your canvas is beautiful and I even see a butterfly (the yellow that looks outlines; maybe it's just me, but ... that's what I see! lol). And I thank you for giving me the inspiration to try a canvas project!

sharon g said...

I'm really loving the watercolor look. Very artsy/cool.

Sue D said...

Fabulous--thanks for sharing your experiments.

ionabunny said...

Love this. Must try the black and white image technique. She looks great against the pools of colour. Hugz

D.Ann said...

Oh, WOW! You may not have liked how they worked, but this is my FAV so far!! Just the right blend of gorgeous moodiness to make her stand out!

NormaJean said...

Carisa, That is Beautiful..Your Amazing with Watercolors!!
Hugs Norma Jean

Toni K said...

This is simply gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

The sentiment fit the card perfectly!

Brittany M. said...

I have seen this card pop up in my newsfeed several times today on FB and each time I have to stop and admire it. This is really a beautiful card, you should be very proud.

Brandi R said...

Beautiful! The background works perfectly with the sentiment and you did a lovely job on the image! Just completely beautiful!! ♥

cal8007 said...

What a beautiful background for this girl!! Love the whole thing!

Hugs,
Carmen L

Terri Burson said...

Oh, wow, this is stunning! Love the colors. Looks like you've got this technique down pat!

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

My favorite of the week so far. I love this.

Donna K said...

Gorgeous effects!! I love how you have used the black/white image along with all that color on the background. So unique. Your canvas is wonderful!

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Those two stamps go perfectly with each other!

Katie said...

You are making me want to break out my watercolors too! Love these quotes. Great project! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Janis said...

This turned out wonderful!!! Love the vibrant colors and that fabulous B/W image!!!

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I consider my blog more of a workshop than a display case and so I, too, share some projects that don't end up quite the way I had hoped. My readers (all two of them!) seem to appreciate learning from my mistakes. Rich fodder for that on my posts!!! Ha. :D
<3 J

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