Monday, April 20, 2015

Watercolor Video Series: The Greeting Farm

Hi everyone! I am so excited about my post today. I have a video series that I am kicking off today. My FIRST ever - but I hope that I will enjoy this process so much that I will come up with more YouTube series for you instead of random videos here and there! This was born because Marie (super talented creator of The Greeting Farm) sent me a text asking if I'd be interested in watercoloring her Frou Frou collection. First of all, there isn't a collection I don't love that she puts out and second of all, did you text the right person!? LOL I have no formal watercolor (or any artistic) training but I know that I love this medium and it has been a joy to self learn this past year. Watercolor brought me back to the craft and I there is something very soothing about picking up a brush to bring some line art stamped images to life with color. Ok, so let's get on with it shall we?

Here is the video! I did speed it up - there was really just no way to color this image in real time on video but I do walk you through what I'm doing so you can see the reason behind and how I use watercolor as a medium to color my stamped images. The Frou Frou collection by The Greeting Farm are sized to work really nicely with watercolors - They are a large stamp, measuring at about 3.5" x 4.25" when trimmed. They fill a standard A2 card beautifully which I will show in an upcoming video. I hope you enjoy the video. If you do, please give the video a thumbs up and become a subscriber so you don't miss a video!

Here is a close up of the finished card. I know it seems crazy that I cut out the image after all that coloring but to be honest, I was most happy with the way the coloring looked here and I wanted to use this fun die with the pattern paper peeking through. A lot of times, I really don't have a card design in mind when I sit down to color - sometimes I don't even look at pattern paper first!

I just love those lollipops she's holding so I had to add a bit of glossy accents on top! I think it really adds to the image over all. You can't go wrong with glossy accents as an embellishment!

Here is another close up of the image. I will be honest that the eyes in this image really had me thrown for a loop at first. Then I thought about adding some color and a pupil toward the top with a black pen then added a highlight with a white gel pen. Once I did this, it was like she blinked up at me and came to life! 

Here is another look at the finished card. Did you know on The Greeting Farm blog there is a weekly challenge with your chance to win a $25 gift card? I am adding my card for inspiration in this week's Farm Fresh Friday - Pick 3 challenge today; my 3 embellishments are enamel dots, bakers twine and glossy accents! Be sure to play along - using your favorite The Greeting Farm stamps - you have until Thursday at noon MST to add your link!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you liked my card and video today, please click on the button below to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss a post! 

The Greeting Farm - Frou Frou Sweet stamp
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box by Sakura 
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Sable Watercolor Brushes (Size 0, 2 & 3)
Silver Black Velvet Watercolor Brush Size 8
My Favorite Things - Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Simon Says Stamp - Stitched Circles
Simon Says Stamp - Big Mama Roll Foam Adhesive
PaperTrey Ink - Quatrefoil Cover Plate die
PaperTrey Ink Cardstock
BasicGrey Highline 6x6 Paper collection
Recollections Enamel dots
Bakers Twine
Glossy Accents
Helmar Zap Dots
Scotch ATG Adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

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