Rose Wonder Watercolor

We’re in for another bout of interesting weather after a weekend of sub zero temperatures.  My family decided to head out to the movies saying that it would give me time to create and shoot a video if I cared to.  We’ll see about the video.  I once again have a book that is calling — a book is like a siren song to me – and I have a hard time resisting.  But before I have to deal with that temptation, I made sure to create.

I wanted to see what Rose Wonder looked like in watercolor.

Rose Wonder Watercolor card from

The card begins with a Basic Black cardstock base and the next layer is a piece of Typeset specialty designer paper.

The roses were done on Watercolor paper.

I knew when I started that I wanted a kind of primitive watercolor look rather than a perfectly painted image.

Rose Wonder Watercolor card detail from

I mixed Watermelon Wonder, Rose Red and Old Olive ink refills with some alcohol in a palette tray.

Then, I spritzed water onto the area of the Watercolor paper where I wanted to work with a particular color.  The water helps the color to flow.  But, the color flows differently when it is mixed with alcohol first.

If you touch the brush to just the water sitting on top of the Watercolor paper, the color spreads quickly.  But if you touch the brush to the damp Watercolor paper, the color absorbs rather quickly in a limited area.

There’s even a bit of chromatography that happens — which is nice for a little more color variation.

So how did I get my colors in the areas I wanted them?

I held the clear photopolymer stamp over my paper and kind of eyeballed how big a particular color area should be.  And remember, I was going for a primitive watercolor effect.

Tip: be sure you’re looking through the back of the stamp so that the color blocks will be in the right place when you stamp.


 Rose Wonder Watercolor card - angled view - from

I stamped the Rose Wonder image in Rose Red and Old Olive for the bottom image.  I masked off the leaves and stamped the rose first.  Then after masking off the edges of the rose, I inked and stamped the leave.  The nice thing is that nothing has to be in an exact place.  With this loose watercoloring, there’s some wiggle room.  The Watermelon Wonder flower was stamped on a smaller piece of Watercolor paper.  After cutting it to the size and shape I desired, it was added with dimensionals.

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