Hello, and welcome to another week on the blog! I hope your weekend left you feeling refreshed. It always seemed to me completely undone within the first hour at work Monday morning, but that was probably just my particular job. It's behind me now and I'm so glad for that!
Today I'm sharing my maiden efforts with a brand new set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. Yes, I treated myself. Told my hubby they're my first ever grown up watercolors. I can tell you I'm going to love these paints. Smooth, easy coverage with as little or as much water as needed, and very fun to layer color on color. I'm a novice with them, but I plan to get a lot of practice.
I started with Power Poppy's new clear stamp set, In Praise of Sunflowers. Stamped the image in Hero Arts Memories Sand ink. I've had several of these inks for years and never realized until this weekend that they're waterproof and, therefore, can be used with watercolors. The color I used is quite visible when stamped, but it did a good job of disappearing under the paints, so I got a no-line look without really expecting it.
I love all the sentiments you can mix and match with this stamp set. I put together the "Hello, sunshine" on the front, and pictured below is the sentiment combo I chose for the inside. This is going to be a September birthday card, so I'll hand write my own "happy birthday".
I'll keep working with these paints until I get a better feel for them. Try a different type of image, a different outline color.
I used the burlap ribbon today specifically so I could play along in the "Pretty Pretty Ribbon" challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters. I have miles and miles of ribbon which I'm not using enough lately but, honestly, I'm trying.
I'll be back on Wednesday so I hope to see you then. Have a great day!
Stamps: Power Poppy In Praise of Sunflowers Paper: 140 lb hot press watercolor, SU! Cherry Cobbler and Summer Sun, old Daisy D's designer paper Ink: Hero Arts Memories Sand, Versafine Onyx Black Coloring: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints Accessories: Burlap ribbon, Poppystamps Clothesline Hearts, Scotch brand foam mounting tape