Helping Me Grow Watercolor

I had a wonderful day in New York City on Friday!  We went to a matinee performance of the New York Philharmonic which was just lovely.  From there we went to dinner followed the School of Rock.  We arrived home shortly after midnight.  And I have to tell you, Saturday morning and our busy schedule came w-a-y to e-a-r-l-y!  I finally had some time to play this afternoon.

I pulled out Helping Me Grow and decided to try my hand at no line watercoloring.

It’s been awhile since I done anything in that style.

Helping Me Grow no line watercolor card from

I’m not a 100% happy with this one.  I think I’ve left some of my lines a bit to hard — may have to try it again tomorrow.

The base is Watermelon Wonder and I’ve watercolored on Shimmery White cardstock.

I stamped in Smoky Slate so that the lines would disappear in the painting process.

To paint, I’ve used Watermelon Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, and Crumb Cake ink refills.

I’ve mixed each color twice: once with alcohol; and once with water.

The color mixed with alcohol does not move and is great for adding layers of color.

The color mixed with water is more fluid and gives you that softened edge you often see in watercolor.

Helping Me Grow no line watercoloring - detail - from

I added a loose wash of the Crumb Cake refill and water mixture around the stamped image.

After the wash had dried, I splattered lightly with the Crumb Cake mixture.  Then, I came back with a clean, wet brush and splattered with water.  The dried ink already on the paper reacts with the water droplets.

Once the piece was dry, I ironed it quickly to smooth it out (I had gotten the panel so wet that it had buckled in places).

The lone embellishment is a length of Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim that has been knotted in the middle.

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