watercolor peony...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I haven't used traditional watercolor paint since I was a kid... remember those super cheap paint sets that have 8 colors and a brush with plastic bristles? 


I remember watching a painting show on TV, and being so inspired, I took my little paint set, and my stack of printer paper outside to paint just like they did on the show... I was extremely disappointed with my results... It took me a long time to understand that the tools you use make a HUGE difference!

 Paper: Canson watercolor paper; Georgia Pacific cardstock
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony, Fancy Thanks
Ink: VersaMark; Memento Tuxedo Black
Color: Kuretake Gansai Tambi 
Other: Silver Black Velvet 4 brush; clear embossing powder, rhinestones

I've been wanting to revisit traditional watercolors for a while now, this time using better tools..so I finally ordered a Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set and a couple Black Velvet brushes...

I figured this stamp was the perfect image to give my new paints a try, and The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge, the perfect excuse!

My inspiration for today's project came from the current Ellen Hutson color trends challenge. Aren't these colors gorgeous!?!

I must say I am MUCH happier with this watercolor experience!! It's amazing how much difference the tools can make! 

I actually found the painting process really relaxing, and I'm excited to continue painting! 

To add some dimension to the CAS card, I fussy cut the flower and glued it to my card using foam.

There's still time to join in both the Ellen Hutson Color Trend Challenge, and the 30 day coloring challenge!  

Speaking of which... I have some coloring to do! 

See you soon!

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