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AECP Level 2-Creative Watercolor Media

Happy mid-July fellow crafters! I can't believe it is already the middle of July. Time is flying!

Today I am sharing my submission for the Creative Watercolor Media class with Jennifer Rzasa. This has got to be one of my all time favorite classes so far. There were so many great techniques in this class!

I decided I would use the technique taught in Lesson 6. One of the things that attracted me to this was because I had to do something totally and completely outside of my comfort zone....put my perfectionist tendencies aside! This was a struggle but I have to say it was so much fun once I got started. As you can see from the picture below, I made a giant panel so that I could get 2 card backgrounds out of this.

I started with a piece of 9x12 Canson cold press watercolor paper. To prep the paper, I ran my anti-static tool over it. I stamped the floral images from the Altenew Beautiful Day set in several places on the paper and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I made sure to stamp some off the paper too so that it didn't look so "perfect" lol.

Next, I decided on my color scheme, and pulled out my Altenew watercolors and filled my Tim Holtz spritzer bottle full of water. I also used a #12 watercolor brush to add water and color to the flowers. I added color one or two drops of color at a time and then let it mix with the water. I then added another color and just let it flow to see what happened! It was so cool! I also let it run outside of the embossed images as well and I think it turned out great. It was fun to not worry about it being so perfect and just letting the colors and the water do their thing! The colors that I used are from the 24 pan set, all listed below :)

I didn't use my heat tool to dry this because I didn't want the paper to warp. I put it aside for 20 minutes or so and came back to it. After it was dry, I cut a panel slightly smaller than my A2 card base, and adhered it with my tape runner to the card base. To add the sentiment, I took the 'Thankful for You' sentiment from the Altenew Best Sentiments set, and placed it in my Misti stamping tool. I placed a piece of white 110 lb. cardstock in there and stamped the image twice in Pinkalicious crisp dye ink from Altenew. After I cut the sentiment out, I went over the letters with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen #10 just to make the white pop against that pretty pink. I added some Scotch foam tape and adhered it to my panel.

For the finishing touch, I added a few pearlescent sequins that I had in my craft stash that had a pink and yellow tone to them. Adhering them to the card next to the flowers helped to bring out their color.

Some key takeaways from this class:

  • Be sure to use your anti-static tool before embossing the images- this assures that there are no stray embossed dots that will appear when you add your watercolor.

  • Don't be afraid to add lots of water and see what happens!

  • You don't have to water down the color, use it right from the pan and adding it to the drops of water will automatically give you beautiful color rich areas as well as diluted areas.

  • If you get too much water in an area, take the corner of a paper towel to soak a little up.

Supplies used:

  • White 110 lb. cardstock from Recollections

  • Canson cold press watercolor paper; 9x12

  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set

  • Altenew Best Sentiments stamp set

  • Altenew 24 pan watercolor set- specific colors used: Pocketful of sunshine, Fiery sunset, Red Cosmos, Red Sunset, and Cherry Blossom

  • Sakura white Gelly roll pen #10

  • Tim Holtz Mister

  • Misti stamping tool

  • Clear embossing powder from Recollections

  • Versamark clear embossing ink

  • Altenew crisp dye ink in Pinkalicious

  • Scotch foam tape

Crocheted flowers also made by me during the stay at home period of the pandemic :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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