#961 – Inspiration Station Challenge #16

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Inkspirational - Winner

Watercooler Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! And we have another issue of Inspiration Station challenge! Somehow, even though my sister and I got our makes ready, we are a bit late in posting. Somehow. 😛

But here’s the 16th challenge! A Tic Tac Toe challenge given by my sister –

And here’s what I made –

This is actually my second attempt at this challenge. My first is this one, where I got the sequins wrong by using rhinestones instead. And since I already had an image of something like this in my mind, I guess that became a good excuse to work on some watercoloring! 😛

I had this image in mind of sea and a journeying whale jumping from the water in front of a gigantic moon. I thought of somehow adding the stripes in the waves. My image of the waves was a bit different with what I made in the end, but I am still pretty happy. And that whale needed a bit of working on its jaw (but there I disagree with my mother who said it looked like a bat!!!) But I have to admit I am pretty happy and delighted with my work this time! 🙂

I found most of my inspirations from Pinterest. And after drawing a bit using a light touch of a pencil, I used Gansai Tanbi watercolors on CrafTangles water color paper and Sakura white gelly pen to add the shine to the whale’s eye.

Checkout my sister’s creation this time! A simply spectacular usage of a die cut stencil with some skillful doodling. Her art journals are an inspiration! 🙂

I’m joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Summertime Blues

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #321: All Things Masculine

Inkspirational challenge #245: Journey

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#951 – Negative Watercoloring

Hello and welcome! We’re half way through the year!! Wow! Start of a new month and start of a new challenge at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As usual, any project which involves watercolor in some form or other is eligible!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I have for you this month –

Another one of my experiments from last year. I knew about negative watercoloring, but hadn’t applied it till then. Its a concept of watercoloring (which I might guess can apply for any kind of coloring) where an object emerges by coloring not the object, but the surroundings. So, if I want a leaf, I am not coloring the leaf itself, but around it, giving it form.

I was inspired by this fantastic piece of watercoloring by PearFluer in YouTube, and decided to give it a try myself. Of course, mine isn’t anything as impressive as hers, but I would pat myself on the back for a good first attempt! 🙂

I watercolored on Hndmd watercolor paper using Gansai Tambi watercolors.

And that’s all I have for today. Don’t forget to checkout more wonderful inspiration from the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge Design Team. And more importantly, watercolor, have fun and join the challenge!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#945 – Watercoloring with Pencils

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Hello and welcome! Time for another Watercoloring challenge at Happy Little Stampers. As always, it is an Anything Goes challenge.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

My mother celebrated her birthday last month, and I made this card for my father to give to her. As she loves flowers, and roses in particular, I made this for her –

I started with stamping the flower and leaf images from two Simon Says Stamp stamp sets – More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers in a light brown ink. I thought the color would gel well with the colors I wanted to go with – pink, purple and greens. Once I stamped the images on a trimmed piece of Canson XL watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Prima watercolor pencils.

While watercoloring, I struggled a bit with the leaves when I started with them, which ended in them looking not so good right at the center where I started coloring them. I thought of hiding them with the sentiment instead! 🙂

So once the piece has dried, I added some splatters of blue and brown using the penciles and white using Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. I then trimmed the panel to size and decided to adhere it over a light brown card base.

Before adhering, however, I needed a sentiment on it.I had thought of stamping using pigment ink, but somehow that ended up spreading, and I couldn’t use it. I went with embossing instead. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes on a piece of vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed it in black. I then trimmed the vellum and adhered it on the watercolor panel using double sided tape, which I then adhered over the base cardstock.

I wanted to add some embellishment to the card, but felt that sequins or stones were too shiny, and I didn’t want pearls either, since they would add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat card. I also noticed that the strip of vellum was arched up, instead of lying flat. To remedy both these problems, I went with a washi tape with gold pattern of roses on it. Of course, I had to trim it to a third of the width, so sadly the roses are not so obvious, but I did love how it shines, while not taking away the focus and also keeping the card flat. 3-in-1! 😀

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Step over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more innovative ideas from the rest of the DT!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#910 – Sending Love

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Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello!! Its the start of a wonderful new year! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! I’ve even got a happy news to share today – I’m joining the Happy Little Stampers Challenge Team for their Watercolor challenges! Yay!! Thank you very much Kylie, for the invitation!!

And now for the very first challenge of the year. The watercolor challenge has changed so that it is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge. So now, you are free to join in with any of your watercolor creation!! Yay!!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

I wanted to make something that could carry a message for the whole year. And of course, what better companions to that than flowers!

I used Altenew Magnolias for Her stamp set, and distress inks to stamp the images. I then added a hand drawn branch for the flowers and leaves to grow on. Then I watercolored the scene using distress inks.

Once everything was dry, I trimmed down the panel to a standard card size and adhered it on top of a white card. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Concord & 9th Painted Rose, with a dark grey ink.

And that’s my card! I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: Marsha’s Special 3-Week Anything Goes Challenge

Altenew January Inspiration challenge

Do hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog. We have plenty more fantastic inspiration from the rest of our fabulous design team! We have the Watercolor Challenge today, followed up with the other challenges coming up every few days! Take your pick and join the fun! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#902 – Autumn with Birch Trees

Hello and welcome! It’s my favorite thing to post now-a-days! Because if I get to post this, it means that I’ve been practicing, and that, hopefully, also means that I’ve been improving with my artwork! Its my drawing/painting series!

This time is a piece with autumn/fall scene and I tried incorporating some Birch trees. Why Birch trees? Because I thought they would be easiest! And I still think they are the easiest now too, after having tried to watercolor them. At least, better than me trying to watercolor any other tree! 😀

So, here’s the piece –

I started out with drawing the ground at an angle, and then drawing a few trees and branches here and there, with some criss-crossing branches and all. But the final piece that you see here isn’t exactly the same – I would say some 90% is retained. That’s good for now! 😀

Well, I did somehow manage to retain my original idea of the trees, but couldn’t do that with the ground. I had wanted to make it look like there were a lot of fallen leaves, but I had to turn it to grass once one of my strokes went wrong…I thought of adding a little grass on the left end, but I ended up covering the entire ground with it. I also had thought of making it look like the floor where the trees are standing on, but this one looks like a bit of a mound or something next to the trees. Ah, well.. its still not that bad! 😀

I don’t know what watercoloring I’ll do next – I’ve nothing planned as of yet. But I plan to make a small booklet of out things like this. That’s a lot of watercoloring I’m looking to make! 😀

That’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂