No-Line Watercolored Galaxy Scene Using Hello Bluebird Dies + Thank You Sponsors!
Hello, friends! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I am sharing a no-line watercolored galaxy scene using Hello Bluebird dies plus featuring a special shoutout to the sponsors of my Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop!
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Please don’t be! I want you to have fun. Take your time visiting each blog and enjoying the stories and inspiration. And if you can’t visit all of them, don’t stress about that either. My intention with this hop was to bring people together to celebrate crafting, and I am happy to say that it’s become a reality. The giveaways are a bonus indeed. This post is dedicated to all the companies that generously sponsored a prize for my blog hop. Seriously, I can’t believe how far I have come that people would want to celebrate ME! You can check out Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day One and Day Two if you’re just visiting my blog. Over 70 blogs are participating and over $1,000 in giveaway prizes!
I am on a watercoloring kick these days! It’s such a fun medium.
I decided to use Hello Bluebird dies to outline a background scene. The most recent release included an assortment of Halloween and fall products, but one of the things I enjoy doing with “holiday” releases is to stretch it beyond its purpose. First, I masked off the four sides of a 5×7 watercolor card with masking tape. This will give it a clean look when I finish coloring.
Since I wanted to go for a no-line colored look, I used Spooky Scene Die (SSS) to outline the shape of the ground and tree. I die-cut it first and used the cuts to pencil in the lines. I stamped the bunny from one of my favorite sets, McGregor’s Garden (SSS) using a light ink, and I used my Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Paints (SSS) to watercolor the scene.
When you work with watercolors, you have to be patient with layers drying or else you get a muddy mess. I left the trees partially colored for two reasons. One, I don’t exactly know how to sketch an entire tree. Second, I wanted a bit of a magical look since it’s not a very realistic scene. Once I was happy with the look, I added in white gouache paint splatters and details. I didn’t add a sentiment on purpose because this reminded me of something you could hang in an nursery or child’s room. No words are needed. I plan on framing this and sending it to a close friend.
When I removed the masking tape, it did rip off some of the paper. However, that’s a look I actually like since it makes it so much more “handmade.” That’s just me. If you prefer not to rip your paper, consider using a high-quality watercolor paper and a less tacky masking tape. Test out a piece of scrap watercolor paper of the brand you’ll use before starting a dedicated piece. This will save you time and frustration.
I do hope this inspires you to try to create something different and stretch your stamps/dies!
I want to personally thank each and every sponsor for donating a prize for my blog hop! Click on each link to be taken to a favorite project of mine featuring products from each company!