Feeling Joy!

This card brings me joy!

I've recently challenged myself to do more water coloring. I've always loved
seeing everyone's water color cards but never seemed to be able to mimic the look like I wanted. After watching a lot of PB&J (Penny Black & Jill Foster) tutorials - she's incredibly talented and a great teacher - I decided to give it a try. 

I took some pictures of the procedure - hopefully this will give you an idea of how I made this card but you should definitely google Penny Black & Jill Foster and check her out. 

I started by loading up my MISTI with some watercolor paper and a Penny Black stamp called Berry Kissed. It's a beautiful stamp. I used some Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink for the first pass of the stamp. 

I used my Kuretake water colors and a #2 brush for the rest of the painting. I brushed the ink onto the stamp and then pressed it into the paper making sure to hold it still for a few seconds. I did this repeatedly, adding different shades of each color and then pressing into the paper.

 I started painting directly onto the paper, still with the #2 brush, with browns for the finer details and to create some depth. There are some areas that turned out really well (if I don't say so myself), but there are definitely some areas that could be better. But that's where practicing will eventually pay off - I hope.

All in all, I love how this card turned out - it brings me joy!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

stamps: Berry Kissed (Penny Black), Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Tim Holtz), watercolors (Kuretake), Midnight (CP Designs)
paper: watercolor (Canson cold press 140lb), Whisper White Thick (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)

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Unknown said…
Amazing card!! Thanks for sharing your technique.
Susan Powell said…
Thank you Peggy :) I still have so much to learn but am having such fun learning :) :) :)
Mac Mable said…
Well done you, you have done a fantastic job on this amazing card x
Nana Griffin said…
You have reason to be joyful. Your card turned out beautifully. I need to check out that site too as I do not like how my water coloring turns out and see if it will help.
Michelle W said…
Stunning, just stunning Susan!
Susan Powell said…
Thank you Nana :) I'd love to see what you make.
Susan Powell said…
Thanks so much Michelle :)
Unknown said…
This is just beautiful, I'm going to google those and hopefully learn something new!
Thank you for sharing!
Fran said…
Really, really beautiful Susan! The carefully painted background very nicely compliments the leaves and berries. I especially like the leaves, quite life like. Well done!
Susan Powell said…
Thanks very much Fran :)
Brawny x said…
You've done a great job Susan. A fabulous card x
Susan Powell said…
Thanks so much Brawny :)
Carol Held said…
Such a lovely Card my friend.