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Friday, February 10, 2017

No-Line Watercolored Valentine Camellias

Hello!  I'm back today with a card that unintentionally turned into a Valentine.  After I colored these Camellias all rosy red I couldn't help but see them any other way.  I wanted to play along in this month's Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy -- "Say YES to NO Lines" -- which is all about no-line coloring.  I like no-line coloring, but it takes time, and sometimes it turns out okay, sometimes not so okay.  I was hoping for a casual, if not completely loose, watercolor look with this one.  All imperfections shall hereto be referred to as "casual" or "loose", LOL!



This is a digital stamp, so I was able to enlarge it to make the no-line coloring easier.  I also goofed around with different filters in Photoshop Elements to soften the outline.  I tried so many different filters and adjustments to the filters that I couldn't begin to tell you how I arrived at this.  I can, however, tell you that it's tons of fun to play around with digi manipulation.  Just remember to keep the original!

After filters were applied I lightened the color a little.  Pictured below is the digi before coloring, along with a well-used paint brush and an open Stampin' Up! ink pad.  I'll sometimes use the open pad for a palette, or I'll drop ink from a reinker into a separate palette.



The curve was cut by slipping the image panel into a large oval die.  Stitched that to the designer paper, tied up with ribbon and tucked a glittered heart next to the ribbon knot.




Inks for watercoloring:

  • Blooms -- Rose Red, Bravo Burgundy
  • Leaves -- Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, More Mustard
  • Background -- Pink Pirouette, More Mustard

The challenge link again:

Say YES to NO Lines!




And that's that!  I hope I can pop in again soon.  I have a few cards that need making so maybe I'll have more to share next week.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Power Poppy digital Camellias with sentiment from Potted Primroses  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, pale pink Bazzill textured, Whimsy Stamps Whimsy Romance designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Versafine Onyx Black for sentiment, Stampin' Up! inks for watercoloring  Accessories:  Organdy ribbon, microfine glitter (on heart), Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants, Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Paper Smooches Hearts

24 comments:

  1. EEEK. You are one talented artist!! Gorgeous

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  2. Oh My Goodness!!! This is stunning my friend. You have blown me away with this little beauty!

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  3. Just picking my chin up off the flower! This is an amazing piece of work Leslie. Your no line watercolour is exquisite! Gorgeous, gorgeous, love the depths of the reds and your whole composition. It's a masterpiece! Absolutely STUNNING! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. This card shall hereto be referred to as simply wonderful. You bring your "A" game every time.

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  5. OH MY!!! Leslie... How is it that you make this look so easy? Love the curved edge to the card with these blooms. Gorgeous coloring, it looks awesome. The sheer ribbon is the final elegant touch. Just gorgeous!!! You printed in a soft grey color also, interesting... I put this on the back burner as you know since I was super frustrated. BUT... I might try again this weekend as you once again give me hope I can do it. :-) Hugs sweet friend!

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  6. fabulous and love the vibrancy. have a great day

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  7. Your no lined watercoloring and card design is amazing Leslie. It must have taken hours, but so worth your time and creative talent. TFS my friend. Hugs....

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  8. OMG this is so GORGEOUS!! I learn something new from you each and every time I come to visit!! LOVE the stitching too ... WOWZA!

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  9. Gorgeous, Leslie. You no line coloring is fabulous and the wash behind it makes it pop. The stitiching and the biw seal the deal.

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  10. WOW, Leslie, this is lovely! I wouldn't begin to know how to do what you did in Photoshop but perhaps just changing the color to light gray in Word would work. I have yet to try no line coloring but I must.

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  11. Another masterpiece! WOW!!! Your watercoloring is just amazing! I can't believe the depth you get in your coloring! Awesome card, Leslie!

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  12. OMW Leslie, how stunning is this gorgeous card, fabulous colouring on this gorgeous image, love the vibrant colours used and beautiful stitching.
    Hugs Pam x

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  13. Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!!! Leslie, this is incredibly stunning!! The depth you achieved is exceptional! And with Watercoloring!! I struggle manipulating Copics...controlling watercolors is a whole other ballgame! What a gorgeous, gorgeous card!!

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  14. I'm pretty sure that I couldn't do very well with no lines. They turned out so beautifully, and I agree a Valentine is a great choice.

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  15. Amazing, Leslie! Beautiful flowers, awesome coloring, wonderful stitching.

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  16. Looks like you've been doing this a while Leslie! Here I am studying my next watercolor medium and you achieve this incredible look with Dye Ink Pads! It's a stunner!

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  17. Stunning! Leslie you have outdone yourself. The no line watercolor is gorgeous and love the way you put it all together so simply, but elegant!

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  18. OMG!! What an amazing card! I don't know where to begin. Your coloring is just amazing - and the sewing is perfect as well. You should give a class!! This must have taken a long time to complete. I have never done a digi stamp so I must put it on my list. The before and after pictures are incredible!

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  19. Gorgeous, I love the big size and terrific coloring of the roses. I like how your casual and loose are much better than my best. The design is just so cool with your stitching and topped off with the ribbon beautifully!

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  20. What an amazing piece, Leslie! And what a great job with the filters too. Masterful, meticulous, and so realistic. I would expect nothing less from you. I do hope we'll see you do more of the no-line technique because I believe you've got this one (smiling). I want to add that one thing I always look at when I see floral coloring is the palette the artist chooses for the green leaves/stems, etc. Your leaf colors are exceptional! Wow, this is gorgeous!

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  21. This took my breath away! Wow!! Stunning! You are such an amazing artist!

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  22. Wow! Love this exquisite beauty! It's breathtaking from coloring to design! I hope whoever receives it truly appreciates your artistic talents and will cherish it!

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  23. Wow, Leslie! This is absolutely gorgeous, and I absolutely sighed when I saw my email with this card. Your coloring is amazing, and I really love You are so very talented, and I truly want to play more with watercoloring. I know that it takes LOTS of practice, and you surely don't need more. You've arrived, my friend! And I really love how you've added this exquisite sheer ribbon and the wonderful layout! Stunning and over the moon exquisite! Hugs! xoxo

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