Lots of Love

In this post, I shared that Ellen Hutson had a new release. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my hands on some of the products because I was waiting to get paid this past Friday. Mondo Hydrangea was at the top of my list, but I’ll have it soon enough! 😉 In the meantime, I decided to play with Mondo Magnolia and created a set of watercolored cards. I used three watercolor mediums: a cheap $6 watercolor cake set from Amazon, Winsor & Newton Professional paints, and Distress Ink markers. 🙂 I wasn’t feeling great on Sunday so I spent some time just coloring as I sat with my feelings. I can’t say that it cured me, but it helped me to get through the funk.

Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia

Four of the cards were stamped in Antique Linen so I could practice no-line watercoloring. I started with the cheaper watercolors and practiced highlights and shading. I didn’t get it exactly as I wanted it, but it was fun to learn how much water to use, how much pigment to add and where to remove color by dabbing with tissue. Surprisingly, I liked these watercolors and they definitely have a creamy ‘cake’ consistency. I am not sure how long the actual pigment lasts, but for the time being, they are wonderful to work with.

Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia

For these first two cards, I added some light washes around the flowers, stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat set with aqua embossing powder. I came in with different shades of distress markers to outline each petal. I wish I was better at negative watercoloring but this will do for now! 🙂 My mother’s best friend is celebrating her wedding anniversary so I created this one for her:

Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia
Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia
I didn’t really like how the dark color bled in this flower, but I want to be able to share that all of us make mistakes and can accept them! 🙂

Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia

For this card, I did similar work but added gold embossing around the edges. I messed up the sentiment on the card base so I added it on a piece of black cardstock with gold embossing.

Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia
Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia

This next card was a lot more fun! I actually colored it with my Winsor & Newton paints and drew in the leaves by hand. I added a gray wash around the flower and black dots in the center. The sentiment is from Altenew’s newest release.

Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia
Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia
Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia

For this last card, I stamped the flower in VersaFine and colored with pink, red, and yellow paints from my Winsor & Newton palette. The exact colors I used are Winsor Lemon, Opera Rose, and Scarlet Lake. 🙂 I hope today’s cards inspire you to try some watercoloring!

Rubeena - Mondo Magnolia
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16 Comments

  1. Liz Sarkisyan

    February 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Ruby, these are so amazing and love the softness of colors and beautiful array of flowers you created!

  2. Jean Marmo

    February 17, 2016 at 9:44 am

    These are just stunning!

  3. Lisaerica

    February 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Ruby, they’re just gorgeous, stunning, perfect!!! I love the colors they’re all amoung my favorite girly colors. Hope the funk has lifted, like LauraJane said, remember you are loved by many. Sending hugs your way. 😘

  4. LauraJane:)

    February 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Well, these beauties got me out of the winter dulldrums! Had to pin the first one for your mother’s friend. Those colors are my favorite, and the placement of the mondo bloom is perfect with the cascading blues and shades of pink in the BG. Always remember,
    You are Loved!

  5. Yvonne

    February 16, 2016 at 10:48 am

    All the cards are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your inspiring works of art! Hope you start feeling better!

  6. Dot Freel

    February 16, 2016 at 9:24 am

    They are all so gorgeous!!!

  7. Jessica Frost

    February 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

    OMG these are all gorgeous! I also love how you finished each card!

  8. KT Fit Kitty

    February 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Wowzers! These are all so gorgeous! Your watercolouring looks amazing!

  9. Janet Labadie

    February 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Amy McCue

    February 16, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Makes me want to get out mondo magnolia and give it a whirl. Mother painting may not have turned out exactly the was you wanted it, but they are all beautiful cards that anyone would be thrilled to receive!

  11. Michael Bakeler

    February 16, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful cards that truly inspire me. I love your work O Great One! 🙂 Feel better and know you are loved!

  12. Kristie G.

    February 16, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Beautiful cards!
    Hope you are feeling better. Hugs!

  13. Ava Gavloski

    February 16, 2016 at 7:55 am

    great experiment with watercoloring….

  14. ~amy~

    February 16, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I hope you’re feeling better…what a beautiful set of cards…way to work the watercoloring magic.

  15. Carol Mc

    February 16, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Love how soft the colors are.

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