Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Like a bridge OVER (not under) troubled water.......

ETA: Sorry...it was late and I messed up the song!! AAACK!

I have a watercolor tutorial for you guys today...are you ready? I hope so, cause I worked super hard on it!

Supplies Needed:

Line Image Stamp (I used Rain or Shine from My Favorite Things)
Watercolor Paper (140 lb. Cold Pressed used here.)
Water brushes (I like Niji brand)
Permanent Black Ink
Dye Ink Refills
Ink Well Palette
Niji Pearlescent Watercolors

Stamp image on Watercolor paper in permanent black ink (I used Brilliance Graphite Black) and allow it to dry. You can use a heat gun if you’re impatient like me.

Starting with your LIGHTEST color, begin coloring your image. Colors used here (SU-Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, & So Saffron; Adirondack-Shell Pink & Citrus)

One of my tricks is to make sure I use the LEAST amount of water possible. This way, you have a lesser chance of your inks bleeding or traveling outside the lines. If your brush is too wet, squeeze the brush tip between your finger and thumb from the top of the brush to the end. I also keep a paper towel handy to absorb extra water.

After your image is COMPLETELY DRY (no cheating!!), add depth by layering another color. (I used Regal Rose from Stampin’ Up)
You’ll notice I try to stay just inside the lines. I don’t mind white spots as much as I mind bleeding outside the lines! Here is the image with the full 2nd layers added, except to the water. We’ll do that later. I used Adirondack Lettuce and Close to Cocoa from Stampin’ Up.)
After that dries (YES, ALL THE WAY!!), add a 3rd shadow color. I used Purely Pomegranate.
Once you’ve added your shadow colors (Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, & Purely Pomegranate), add shadows where you think they’d be in the water. Here’s what it looked like before I blended it. (I used Cool Caribbean.)
Soften the edges of the shadowed areas with your waterbrush. Be careful to stay only in the water and not touch her boots!
I decided to add a little shimmer to her coat and boots, so I used my Pearlescent Watercolors. It’s a little exaggerated here due to my lighting, but it’s sooo pretty in real life!

And here’s your finished product! I used Diamond Glaze (aka Crystal Effects) to add shine to the water and then made some raindrops across the image as well.

I hope this helps you guys...and make sure you check out the What's Up Wednesday Special from MFT!


Donna said...

great tutorial Shannan! love your card, it's super sweet! the ribbon is nice

Laura said...

it looks really pretty!

Amy said...

you did a super job on the tutorial Shannan! And your watercoloring is amazing, I love this card!


LindaH said...

Your hard work paid off....! this is an excellent tutorial and a very pretty card to boot!

Scrapbookmama said...

OH WOW I love that "rain" effect" you are such a smart cookie girl! :)



Maria Gurnsey said...

WOW this is great. You have more patience then I do (wait, what's that)!!!
You title totally cracks me up too, if your bridge is UNDER troubled water, your definately in trouble!!!! :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Shannan, you rock! I LOVE this card! What a fabulous tutorial and FABULOUS coloring!

Amy said...

Really gorgeous, Shannan! I need to practice my watercoloring!

Stamp and Smile said...

Thank so much for doing this tutorial!! I really enjoyed the tips... I'm going to give it a try. Fun colors by the way and I LOVE your CB embossing... Smiles! :)

Christi said...

Awesome tutorial girlie!! And this card is OMG wow!

shel9999 said...

TOTALLY adorable! And fantastic tutorial!

Jackie Pedro said...

It needs to dry first??? Maybe that's my problem!! Thanks for the tutorial!! Love your card and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Julee (Vervegirl) said...

This is divine, Shannan! I now see that one of the reasons I can never get watercoloring to work is that I'm just too impatient. Who has time to let all those layers dry? LOL Looks gorgeous, Chickie!

Kylie-Jo said...

Shannan!! that is fantastic. I am so inspired! Can't wait to try it. Just thinking of an appropriate stamp set to use now. I never get the outline stamps, you have opened up a whole new world now!!

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