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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Loose Watercolouring with Pinkfresh Studio's Floral Notes

Updated: Jan 12

Hello, everyone! I thought I would begin with a quick update. My house in Penticton, British Columbia, sold within days of being on the market. I was shocked! Thankfully, my daughter did a lot of groundwork over the past several weeks visiting homes for sale. I was able to narrow down the list to three. I flew to Edmonton, Alberta, last weekend for three days, visited the homes and now have a pending offer on one of them. With just a couple of minor details to consider, I may have my new home in Saint Albert ready to move into the 3rd week in April. I was concerned about the air travel but was relieved to find the airports very quiet and the planes half empty with no one sitting beside me. Not good for the airlines but, on the other hand, my plane fare certainly reflected the current state of affairs! Very high priced!!! So life will continue to be hectic for a while and my posts on Instagram, YouTube and this blog are and will continue to reflect that there are not enough hours in the day! I hope you will bear with me!

I fell in love with this gorgeous stamp set, Floral Notes, by Pinkfresh Studio. I chose to water colour the flowers loosely to enhance the sketch-like appearance of the image. I began by creating a colour wash background on Canson XL water colour paper using Mission Gold Water Colours. I worked with four colours; Van Dyke Green, Yellow Green, Red Violet and Bright Clear Violet. These colours would be repeated in the floral image to unify the card.

The Background

Water was liberally applied to both sides of the water colour paper so it would lie flat on the surface and dry with minimal warping. I began by creating a swath of the darker green on the left side and then dropped in the other colours here and there. To help the colours blend somewhat. the paper was tilted to the left hand side on paper towel to sop up some of the excess water. The right hand side was kept lighter and airier. After the paper was completely dry, it was cut with Pinkfresh Studio's Slim Diagonal Stitched Plaid die and mounted on white sheet foam.

The Elements

The flower spray was stamped with Versamark ink on the same water colour paper and embossed with Ink On 3's Gold Rush embossing powder. The image was painted loosely with the same colours used in the background. When dry, the flower spray was fussy cut leaving about 1/8" border. The sentiment, Happy Birthday, was stamped on matte gold card stock with Versamark ink and embossed with Simon Says Stamp's Fine White Detail embossing powder. Both were mounted on sheet foam. The small sentiment panel had an additional smaller layer of foam on the right hand side to form a step so it would partially overlap the floral spray. The background and flowers were spattered with Tim Holtz' Distress Stain, Tarnished Brass.

Putting it Together

The foam mounted background was adhered to a card base measuring 8 3/4" by 4". After the spray and sentiment were attached, several iridescent sequins were glued on the flowers and around it . The sequins were topped up with Nuvo Crystal Drops, Morning Dew.

Video Tutorial, click HERE.

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