This is a card using Flopsey's Flowers. I pulled out a product I had purchased some time ago and decided today was the day to play with it! I KNOW I am not alone in buying things and then just putting them away and staring at them longingly until at last I decide to USE it. :) LOL
I am SO glad I finally tried it out, because I am in love! LOL Stampy love anyway!
I chronicled the process because a.) it's fun b.) this is a curious product that you have to SEE to understand. LOL
This is my booklet of Peerless Water Colors. It is a booklet of 15 colors. (There are other color options available. This is the most basic) This is not your ordinary set of Crayola watercolors. I am sure you are wondering how water colors can be in a BOOKLET? Right?
Here it is. This is what the water colors look like. This is brilliant yellow. See all the splotchy stuff that is in sheet form? That is concentrated water color stuck to a sheet. It is an interesting concept, so read on...
I followed the directions (need I remind you why? one word: LIQUID APPLIQUE) and snipped a small piece off the sheet. I actually used a 1/4 inch square punch because it looks neater than scissors. LOL I placed the 1/4" square of Peerless into my little plastic palette (Wal Mart $1).Note: you need not be neat (or crazy) like I was... seriously, scissors are fine. LMBO
Next, you just pour some water over it. This photo was taken immediately after pouring the water.
Here is what it looks like just a couple seconds later (literally). See the concentrated water color start seeping from the film? COOL, DUDE! LOL
Here is what it looks like a couple seconds after that.
Just to show you what the "film" looks like after the water color seeps out, I am showing you BLUE "post-seepage". Once the water color concentrate has seeped, you can remove the little piece of film.
I stamped my Flopsey image in Stazon black (make SURE your ink is waterproof) on SU watercolor paper.
I knew I would need some green for the stems of the flowers and for "grass" so I chose LIGHT GREEN. Here is what the complete sheet looks like with the 1/4" square punched out of it. You can see that this stuff will go a LONG way!
Here is the back side of the Peerless Water Color. It is tinted so you can see what basic color it is. You can darken or lighten that color based on the amount of water you use and whether you pour water over it (as I have shown) or use a brush direct to the film (more on that later).
Here are all the colors I prepared for my image. This is just a couple seconds after pouring all the water in.
Here is what they look like "seeped". LOL You can see I added a couple more snips of brown to make it darker. You can also see I left the film in. For the record, the directions say to remove the film. I REALLY don't see how it would differ the end result by leaving them in so against my better judgment (LIQUID APPLIQUE) I ignored that portion of the directions and left them floating in there. LOL
First, I shadowed Flopsey with some yellow. There is really no rhyme or reason to this for me. I just kinda blob some on there.
Next, I colored my Flopsey in brown. MAKE SURE YOU DRY YOUR IMAGE BETWEEN COLORS!
I wanted to darken Flopsey a bit, so I punched a piece of brown and touched my waterbrush to it (I was using an EMPTY water brush that I dipped in water). Doing this gives you dark pigment on your brush. When I picked up the brush, I grabbed the camera and took a picture so you could see the ink on the brush and the UNTHINKABLE happened! Do you see it?
DO YOU SEE IT? Ugh! Brown spots on my cute little Flopsey! I sighed heavily and then decided to go with it...
I picked up my water brush and made some MORE spatters. You know... to make it look intentional. If you can't beat em', join em'! *wink*
OK, now that my spot making hissy fit was over, I continued coloring my image with the more pigmented brown direct from the film. I found it easier to dampen the area I wanted to color on with a CLEAN waterbrush prior to going in with the darker color. It kinda shades itself that way and there is more margin for error. :)
Next, I gave Flopsey some blushing cheeks. I added pink, then went over it with my watered down brown again just to blend it out. Before I blended it, Flopsey looked like Bozo the Clown. LOL
I colored the stems and flowers. Notice how I am leaving some white area? I don't want to color out of the lines and I like that look. If you look at REAL water colored things, that look is present. Note: I am NOT a REAL water colorer, nor am I an expert, so go with what you like. LOL
Next, I drew in the "grass line" and colored it light green (with shading direct to film) and colored the sky blue (washed out a bunch with a clean water brush).
Here is the finished image on my card.
A close up of the details and coloring.
See that flower? I got that die TODAY and I used it TODAY! I shocked myself with that move! LOL
The Peerless Water Colors are on sale this week (through Friday ONLY) for 25% off! For the booklet I showed today that contains 15 colors HERE, it is only $9.75! There is also another option available with smaller sheets, but 40 additional colors for $15.75 and you can get that one HERE. You'll be getting them cheaper than I did! :) LUCKY! LOL You can find them HERE.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me, or leave a comment here. Just MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. :)
Stamps: Flopsey's Flowers
Ink: Stazon black
Paper: SU watercolor paper, white, black, regal rose
Accessories: Daisies #2 Sizzix die (SU), SU jumbo brad, silver brads, May Arts ribbon, water brush, Peerless Water Colors, Janome sewing machine, palette, red line dimensionals