Hi, friends! It's a new week and I hope I'll have more than one Christmas card to share. I took the time to watercolor this one -- Power Poppy's Glistening Paperwhites. This arrangement of paperwhites with juniper and eucalyptus was the perfect colors and shape for the one leftover part from when I made this set of cards. My leftover part is the filigree mat which I'd cut in Sage Shadow (retired SU!). I made it prettier by smooshing it all over with Versamark ink and embossing with iridescent embossing powder. Now it's all sparkly!
I stamped the image on 140 lb watercolor paper with Ranger Archival Shadow Grey ink and watercolored with Tombow Markers. Only seven markers were required, whereas I probably would have used a bazillion Copics. That always amazes me. Speaking of Copics, I did use some warm grays to shadow around the image after watercoloring. Why Copics? Well... they won't run the water-based ink, so I was able to get into all those small spaces without making a mess of my finished painting. Ordinarily I'll do the shadowing first and then color the image, but I forgot this time.
After the watercoloring was complete I added a little shimmer to the blooms with silver Gansai Tambi paint, then splattered the panel with gold.
When I was painting my paperwhites I got to thinking I was making them too blue, so I did a Google search of watercolored paperwhites and found quite a variety of interpretations. So I say don't doubt yourself, just color and enjoy. Each painting is an individual work. Heaven forbid they should all look the same, right?
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Stamps: Power Poppy Glistening Paperwhites Paper: 140 lb Arches hot press watercolor paper, retired SU! Sage Shadow, Shimmery White card base Ink: Ranger Archival Shadow Grey, Versamark for sentiment, Tombow markers for watercoloring Other coloring: Gansai Tambi silver and gold watercolor paints Accessories: Embossing Arts Iridescent Peacock embossing powder, Spellbinders Devine Eleoquence and Labels Twenty-Eight