Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Watercolour Poppies


So my latest obsession is watching YouTube videos on watercolour painting, particularly those by Joanne Boon Thomas (she also does Brusho Secrets videos).  I want to be able to watercolour like her when I grow up.  After watching this video I decided to apply what I'd learned (!) to cardmaking.  In at the deep end.

I started off with the STAMPlorations Poppies stamp in Antique Linen.  Then, using Distress Inks rather than watercolours (and knowing it wouldn't work as well with Distress Inks but that didn't stop me) I coloured and spritzed and dripped and rolled and sloshed.  And ended up with a right royal mess.  So I cut a mask of the poppies stamp, covered the image and stamped all over it with the grunge strip stamp from Vignette: Live Love Laugh, which is fast becoming my go-to background stamp.

And now I like it.  Even DH said he liked it!

I'm entering this into Just Us Girls - Watercolouring


and Curtain Call - Wishing Well


Here's what the poppies should look like ;)


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I'm over at STAMPlorations tonight with more Distress Ink watercolouring if you want to go and take a look.


23 comments:

  1. Oh my! This is such a gorgeous mess! I can't seem to get enough of Brushos myself and I've been keeping my eye on your makes... they are gorgeous and very inspirational indeed! I want to paint like Joanne when I grow up too...her art is amazing... I think I've pinned every single one :)
    xx

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  2. Very awesome effect! Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

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  3. You have grown up....all of us are inspiring to be as good as you are. Wonderful job! Glad you shared your talents with us at JUGS!~

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  4. You are very creative and this is a very 'artsy' card! I love it!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Just us Girls!

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  5. amazing - had to watch that video - gotta try that too!

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  6. Wow, wow... Fantastic.. What a fab water colouring card. Just had to pop on over and watch that video as well...

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  7. This looks awesome, royal mess isn't actually a mess :) superb results!

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  8. OMGosh, your poppies are fabulous, Shirley! I love how you inked your background, too! Looking forward to the video and trying out this technique...thanks!

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  9. Just wonderful Shirley!
    I would love to be able to do this too!
    Chrissie

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  10. First of all, I love your persistence in working at this card until you got it to the point where you were satisfied (it is fantastic!) versus flinging it into the "to fix later" pile!

    Secondly, when DH puts in his two cents worth with positive comments you KNOW you've got a winner!

    Totally funky and so cool!

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  11. Goodness, this is amazing, Shirley ... such gorgeous poppies! Your DH certainly has FABULOUS taste! Anita :)

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  12. I love this, Shirley. I would have liked to see it without the background just to compare. I'm sure that was lovely, too.

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  13. This is the second blog that I have come across using brushos. I gotta check them out if they give such amazing effects. I love this card! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

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  14. Gorgeous card Shirley. LOVE how the ink runs down the design ... your poppies are so beautiful. Heading over to take a look at your spotlight feature. Loll xx

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  15. It sure is gorgeous now, your DH is right!

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  16. Oh yes I love it! I'm definitely giving this a try - your way!

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  17. Your visit prompted me to pop over for a visit... am I happy I did! Fabulous!!! Do this on one of your canvases, Shirley - it is frame-worthy!!
    =] Michele

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  18. Absolutely stunning Shirley, I LOVE this! Will be checking out the video. Beautiful. Ruth x

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  19. Love, love, love this look! Thanks for linking up at the Curtain Call!

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  20. Amazing card! I saw this at Curtain Call(?) and had to take a closer look... I remember seeing some videos by Joanne Boon Thomas, namely two that impressed me the most - one of sunflowers and the other of an old house in a place where she was spending holidays. What I loved the most was, beyond her incredible talent, the passion she feels and shows to the public. Now I saw this video too, and I'm wishing to try this with my STAMPlorations poppies, I've always loved poppies... if you don't mind.

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