Hi, dear crafty friends! I love when you stop by my blog. Today, I have some bright cards and thoughts to share with you! My journey back into crafting this year has been great, in spite of all the busy-ness in my personal life. Do you feel like you struggle with defining a style that is ‘you’? No worries. We don’t need to have any particular style to be known as an artist. Art is what you make it.
One of my goals this year has been to create in a way that I enjoy. Now, being on a few design teams and juggling life with a newborn, I have to say that a few projects have felt like “work,” but for the most part, I work with products I love. When I don’t have much time, I go to my signature techniques and it no longer feels like pressure. I think every crafter has wished they could color better, with the perfect shading, depth, detail, etc. And I say, it’s okay to wish that but do not feel discouraged. And do not feel like you have to get anywhere anytime soon. It is easy to compare yourself with people who seem to be getting better and better at craft while it feels like you’re not getting anywhere with your work. I promise, that is not a bad thing. Remember that it’s supposed to be fun. Remember why you started. Renew your intentions, even if it means to renew it every moment, every day. Just create. If you don’t like it, try again. Come back to it later or just start over. If you’re overwhelmed, take a break. Do things that will inspire you. And then come back to it.
So now I can get to my projects. Over two months ago, Waffle Flower Crafts sent me the Bouquet Builder 1 Combo and to be honest, it makes me so happy they know my style and what I like. It is a wonderful feeling when crafters or companies see what kind of artist you are and present you with opportunities to create for them. Thank you, Waffle Flower Crafts for your support and generosity. I’d like to apologize that it took me so long to use the stamp and die, but I hope you won’t be disappointed.
A really good friend of mine gifted me the Zig Art & Graphic Twin Markers a few weeks ago (how blessed am I?). I enjoy experimenting with different watercolor styles, and I feel like I’m letting my inner child free when I do that. I didn’t create art growing up so I am just bursting with creative energy. Messy watercoloring has been something I keep going back to. I love the burst of colors on an image. I do enjoy all kinds of styles and work by crafters everywhere, but I find myself going back to really bold and bright colors. It’s just what I like at this time, and my style may develop or change anyway. I know this look isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s what brings me joy so I am happy to share it with you.
I started by stamping on watercolor paper and cutting all the images with the coordinating dies. I used the brush end of the markers to color the images. Many people ask me how I watercolor, and I think to myself, how am I going to explain this? It’s not the same exact method each time I sit down to watercolor so I’m afraid that I won’t know what I’m doing once the camera is on, but I will try to work on videos in the next few months. I hope that after a few videos, I’ll get good enough to inspire others to try this messy look.
Three of my cards feature the messy technique, and one card is simply blending different colors together.
My friend Caly called this the “pouncing” technique – which isn’t entirely off. I do some pouncing but I also do random flicks (like you’d do with a Copic marker). I press down to form small circles and then press down diagonally to form longer marks. The harder you press, the wetter it’ll be so that when you press down other colors, they will blend. I experimented with random colors and sizes and shapes of my “pouncing” to get these looks. Sometimes I’ll add in thin lines and some detail with a white gel pen.
For the first card, I used yellow, orange and blues. What a combination! It’s like a fire in the sea. The background was masked and blended with Distress Oxide ink and the sentiment is from Always. I used Iridescent Bubbles I Drops from Studio Katia.
For the second card, I masked and blended a rectangle in the background with Distress Oxide inks. The sentiment is also from Always, and I finished it off with Gold Crystals from Studio Katia.
For my third card, I used a long card. I’ve been a fan of them for many years, and you’ll see me use them more often now. I started by drawing some lines in the background with a black pen and ruler to create a frame look. This helps me to arrange all the images that I colored and cut with coordinating dies. I added black and white paint splatters. I finished it off with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Emphatic stamp set and Iridescent Crystals from Studio Katia. They are SOOO gorgeous to look at. I have this card on my desk, and I can’t stop staring at it.
For my last card, I did the blending of colors for the leaves and added white gel pen details (these are also simply experimental for me for now). I also ink blended the base with Distress Oxide and then added two strips of white cardstock at the top and bottom with foam tape. I then stuck in the leaves and finished them off with Clear Rain Drops from Studio Katia. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s You Got This.
I hope you enjoyed these projects and were inspired to create!
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