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Monday, April 10, 2017

Peony Muse

Rainy day stamping is the best, isn't it?  Or snowy day stamping.  Windy day.  Morning, evening, any time at all, really.  I didn't have a lot of any kind of time when I made this card, but it went surprisingly fast.  It's my first sit down with Power Poppy's Peony Muse clear stamp set.




Easy masking created the arrangement, and then I watercolored with Tombow markers direct to 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.  Some marker colors react more efficiently with water, so I tested on scrap paper first to see which would work best for the direct to paper method.  For the flowers I used an orchid-purple, with blue for darker shading.  I tried to relax and not be as exact as I usually am with coloring, and if I don't look too closely or be too judgmental I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, especially because it didn't take forever.

Paintings always look better when viewed from some distance, but in the interest of sharing, here's a closer look:




I applied a very little bit of marker color to the shaded areas, and then for the most part I painted water onto the white space and let it bleed and pull the color in.  I touched the marker color, itself, only minimally.  It's a fun experiment that I'll try again.

Love that these big flowers give you room to play.  I'm not sure what the berries are supposed to be, but I'm happy Marcella included them in the set because they make things more colorful and interesting.  There are so many berries and seed clusters with a similar appearance, you can make them pretty much anything, I think.

That's all, folks!  Supplies, such as they are, can be found listed in the recipe below.  Have a gorgeous day!


Stamps:  Power Poppy Peony Muse  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, textured white card base  Ink:  Palette Noir, Tombow markers for watercoloring  Accessories:  Scotch brand foam mounting tape

30 comments:

  1. So beautifully done Leslie! I have found the same thing with my Zigs. Some colors just 'work' better than other!

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  2. OH MY WORD!!!! What a beauty!! Your talent is amazing and to say it didn't take long ... Yikes it would have taken me ages! Stunning work!

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  3. Leslie, This card is beautiful! The painting came out really nice, I like the addition of the blue with the purple.

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  4. Absolutely stunning, Leslie! Oh, to spend a week observing you at "work!" Now THAT would be a treat:)

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  5. OMW this is stunning Leslie, would love to be a fly on your wall!! then can see you in action, gorgeous image and fantastic colouring with a wonderful sentiment.
    Hugs Pam x

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  6. Absolutely beautiful, Leslie. Very realistic. You are so talented!

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  7. pretty and vibrant. have a great day

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  8. What a beautifully colored image with your markers and water. TFS the details of your technique. I agree...any day is a wonderful day for stamping/coloring! Have a beautiful day my friend. Hugs.

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  9. This is just gorgeous! Doesn't make any difference if it is photographed close or far away...it is STILL gorgeous! Your coloring always fascinates me! It is always perfect! Wish you could give me lessons!

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  10. What a nice card to send to someone! Your coloring is beautiful - the flowers stand out so, one could touch them and I'm especially fond of the sentiment. Sorry it's raining your way - it is finally sunny and warm here!

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  11. Gorgeous! Love the rich colors you chose and no embellishments to take away from its beauty!

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  12. Oh my, Leslie, this is GORGEOUS, and I think your coloring looks fabulous from afar or up close! What a stunning card and lovely arrangement, and I am more and more eager to try watercoloring again. The vibrancy of your colors is amazing, and I love the elegant layout...simply stunning! I'm way behind, but I plan to catch up...slowly but surely.. And I'm with you...any time is the right time to color! Hugs! xoxo

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  13. oh my goodness that is stunning, now you are just showing off that your coloring is perfect even close up, LOL, you know I am teasing right? I am with you, I don't know what half the stuff is in bouquets that I color :( That is a lovely sentiment to go with it too! That's what is great about this hobby, anytime is a good time :) Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

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  14. Yep, any ole day is good for stamping when you have it. :-) Your masking is beautiful Leslie. Very cheerful colors and so beautiful.

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  15. Wow, so stunningly beautiful!! Your water coloring is always, always amazing....you have inspired me to get my stamps out (I miss them with all this die cutting)...truly beautiful! I was able to get outside in the gardens on Sunday (and felt it on Monday..lol), but I sure enjoyed it...cool here today, rainy and to be 35 tonight...maybe May will be better!!

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  16. Absolutely GORGEOUS ... AGAIN! You do the most beautiful coloring and my jaw always drops when the page opens. This entire design is just fabulous! From the beautiful color flower to the perfect sentiment! You always amazing me ... love visiting you and finding inspiration! Thanks Raining here today so I'm going to play! Spent most of the day outdoors yesterday (upper 70s ..felt so good to cut the grass) and actually got my first layer of sunburn on my arms ... who would have thought! LOL HUGS and Happy Day!

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  17. I love masking techniques when not in a hurry, and this set is REALLY REALLY KNOCK-DOWN BEAUTIFUL, Leslie! It's incredible how you somehow can go from intense vibrance in coloring, to pale highlights - always incredible to my eyes. Beautifully done (I can't believe it's only your first sit down LOL) So many stamps, so little time, right? And doesn't the time move faster than ever after retiring? xo

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  18. This is beautiful! Absolutely stunning!

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  19. So beautiful. I love the rich looking colors and what a great technique. Must give it a try. I hope to find out about that retirement time flying one day soon. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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  20. So vibrant and beautiful, Leslie! Truly jaw dropping and the masking is perfect!

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  21. Sorry to be so late to comment. It has been a crazy 6 weeks here and I haven't been as diligent about visiting. I'm hoping to get grounded soon! This is absolutely gorgeous. The color just jumps off the card...stunning!

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  22. This blew the back right off my monitor, Leslie! I think it is utterly gorgeous in every way! You go relax, girl, cuz you have a knatural knack at this and you should be hired to do the marketing for these lush flower stamps!! I wish you would do a tutorial. I'm curious about the very light shading you achieved to outline everything. Do you wait until it is completely dry and then do you just use the very light gray Tombow for that? I love the look when I see outlining and I know I should do it, but I am not brave enough and don't want to ruin my art at that point. Thanks for your advise!! Happy Easter! Hugs, Darnell

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  23. Oh Leslie this is gorgeous! I love the way you have displayed the flowers, your watercolouring is done to perfection. Love the vibrancy of the purple, and the orange berries are a nice contrast, along with the blue shading - very nice tone. This looks like a lot of work, even though you said it didn't take long. So glad you had a chance to sit down an colour this up. Absolutely Stunning!

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  24. Very pretty, love the colors you chose.

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  25. Leslie! What a beautiful design! The beautiful vibrant purples really sing! I always love seeing Power Poppy in your hands lady. Hoping spring has come to your corner of the world and you’re enjoying all the blooms!

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  26. Looks like it took forever, Leslie--so gorgeous! Hope you had a lovely Easter! Thanks for the good wishes on my retirement!

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  27. So beautiful, your water coloring is amazing.

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  28. Oh how I love peonies so naturally I love your card! It's stunning, Leslie! And, yes! I agree! Any time of day or night stamping is fun!

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  29. Well, as usual, your watercoloring is gorgeous...even in its more relaxed form. Those flowers beg for some softness and just being casual is good. I love the sentiment with it as well! Hope you're having fun in your garden this year...can't wait to see what's growing!

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