It's been a while since I sat down to any kind of serious coloring. I've been hurrying to get ahead with certain things and making more cards than usual. I always think I need to keep them simple in order to move things along, but I'm wrong about that. As much as I love the look of it, CAS is a struggle for me. Much quicker to color and forget about the white space. However, a card with a large colored image can still be a simple design, so that's what I've done. It's simply a painting on a card.
The stamp set is pictured below. It can be printed in black, or no line, with or without the poetry. There was no question that I'd use it with the poetry as I find it as beautiful as the rose.
Quick version of what I did before printing:
- Opened no line image in Photoshop Elements 7 and used magic eraser to remove white space from around the image. I believe it was just one click.
- Opened black line image and then superimposed no line image over top.
- Decided it looked kind of cool, so I printed it.
I know you probably won't want to goof around with it like that, and it's totally not necessary, but it's something I enjoy. Sometimes it turns out, sometimes not.
The watercolor... I used my old Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Scribble on a palette, pick up with a wet brush, voila! That's how I use them. You could scribble on the paper for a large background, but for this type of image I use them like a pan watercolor.
Closer... loose watercoloring means if you get some paint in approximately the right spot it will look good. Ha! Okay, not really, but almost. I colored the larger words with Prismacolor pencils and smoothed with odorless mineral spirits. Finally, splattered white Gansai Tambi paint and Rose Red watercolor crayon paint.
No embellishment, but I popped up the painted panel on a mat of Pale Plum and a natural-ish white card base.
Are you still with me? Well, if so, I want to wish you a happy week, and if you love crafting I hope you'll find plenty of time for it. Be well!