So I’ve recently started taking online card class for watercolors at the intermediate level. Watercolors have always been something that intimidate me and I don’t like being intimidated by anything when it comes to creating :p So I took the beginner level class year and it took some of the fear out of it but I was still unable to venture out much into it. Hence I decided to sign up for the second level class in this series and to follow through with doing the exercises on the daily basis and I must say I’ve mind blown!
This is definitely a must have class for those struggling with or intimidated easily by watercolors. The main instructor is Dawn from Wplus9 and she is AMAZING! I’ve never seen someone explaining the things the way she does when it comes to art and I come from a family of teachers and educators. So it is hard for me to get impressed by someone’s teaching skills but I must say she sure is Awesome (a Bob Ross in her own way) 😉
I am not going to post the pre class exercise because I don’t like the way it is coming out in pictures at all but I am going to post a few things here and there that I learnt from the class. It’s like 5 projects daily so can’t post them all daily so bear with me. They’ll come slowly Also I don’t like the way my pictures are coming out for these projects. They aren’t doing them any justice at all. Haven’t seen much sun in the East Coast lately and I’ve terrible lighting at my apartment anyways which isn’t helping much either so will invest in those over the weekend. Hopefully that’ll improve the outcome.
One the few projects that I’ve done is the one is the one below. I used Koi Sakura pocket sketchbook watercolors. These aren’t bad but after making the swatch chart and learning what I learned I know I’ll have to invest in a few good ones soon. One more good take away from the class is that if you want to really learn how to watercolor and enjoy it then invest in good watercolor paper like Arches Cold or Hot press paper as mentioned in this class and boy that is true! I invested in them for the first time and they definitely did make all the difference in the world!
So here is the breakdown of what I used in the first card below:
- Quinacridone Rose, Crimson Lake, Auroline Hue and Purple colors from Koi Sakura Pocket Watercolors
- Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor paper
- Lots of hearts stamp set from simon says stamp for faint outline of hearts that I turned into balloons
- You have my heart sentiment from Roses for you stamp set by Simon Says Stamp
- Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder
- Uni Ball Signo Golden pen for Balloon Strings
- Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen for adding shimmer to the Black Card Base
- And a lot of Patience
For the second card below I used :
- Jaune Brilliant, Quinacridone Rose, Crimson Lake and Auroline Hue colors from Koi Sakura Pocket Watercolors
- Arches 140 lbs cold press watercolor paper
- Skinny washi tape to make a grid for the diamond pattern in the background. You could just draw it with a ruler too but my OCD was too strong for the pencil lead to get trapped in the watercolor so I refrained :p
- Glossy Accents to add the Glossy effect to the one Diamond in the middle
- Wink of Stella Clear pen to add shimmer beneath the Glossy Accents on the Diamond
- Sakura pigma Micron pen to handwrite the sentiment (You’re my Diamond in the Rough)
- Sakura Stardust clear shimmer pen to add shimmer to the card base (which is 80 lbs Neenah solar white). Wasn’t going to add shimmer to this one but the Card base white was not going with the ivory tone of the watercolor color paper so had to tone it down.
- And again A lot patience!
You have to remember when it comes to watercoloring you need to have patience especially when it come to air drying it. They will give you the best results. Trust me I’ve tried drying drying with heat gun but after trying air drying I must say the results are worth the patience (which you learn to have a lot of after your baby turns into a toddler :p )
Good luck! Hope you enjoyed the class as much as I did.
PS: I am also submitting this card to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge since I used a fair share of Red Color which is being washed out in the pictures (all if the pretty peach colors are too which is sad ) Hopefully it’ll get better by next week!