Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 1

Hello and welcome! I am tickled pink that one of my favorite watercoloring bloggers, Debbie Hughes of Limedoodle Designs, gave me the opportunity to attend the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class in which she’s one of the teachers! Thank you, Debbie!!

Lesson 1, taught by the talented Jennifer Rzasa, was on watercoloring with re-inkers. I don’t craft enough to have needed many re-inkers for my dye inks (other than Memento Tuxedo Black), but I did have two from Stampin Up! – a burgundy and mustard… would they go well together? They seem to have done ok:

I used a regular Distress ink cube on my craft mat to get the green and it mixed fine with the re-inker for a nice variety of color on the leaves, too. It was fun watching the inks spread out quickly on the pre-wet petals! When I was satisfied with the color, I took the nearly dry brush and flecked a few lines on the petals and leaves.

Jenn recommended using hot pressed watercolor paper, since it’s smoother. I’ve never used hot pressed paper before, so I made a quick stop at nearby Jerry’s Artarama. They had the pads she recommended online for about $12. In store they were $44! I asked the clerk to double check the price and then showed him their online price. “Oh, on-line. That’s different,” he replied. You betcha!!! So I toodled over to Hobby Lobby and got a different brand with my 40% off coupon it came close and I didn’t have to wait on or pay for shipping. It’s probably not as white as she said the Arches brand which became the bane of my project when I went to mount it on my card as the heavy 200# card I have is bright white and I didn’t like the look of the cream against it…

To solve this problem, I ran a couple of brush width’s of water along the edge of my #200 cardstock and then touched the brush to a drop of burgundy re-inker and quickly had DIY card color that matched my project and made for  a better contrast for the gold frame, too.

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous Glamour Detail Gold embossing powder
  • Stampin’ Up! dye ink re-inkers: Bravo Burgundy & More Mustard
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn
  • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Misc gold glitter paper
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape and Crafty Power Tape

I am entering this card in the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Student Gallery.

Over the next few days I hope to get through the rest of the lessons, so after a long dry spell, brace yourselves for a flurry of posts. : )

~D.Ann

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