Our friend Karin put together an awesome watercolor tutorial! We are so excited to show it to you! Let’s check it out in her own words below!
Hi Everyone! Karin here to inspire you to use your watercolors to create some fast, and easy cards! A lot of people think watercolor is a difficult media and, even though I paint quite a lot, I totally agree (-: – but it doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ll show how easy it is to create a landscape scene that I think will be appreciated by the receiver no matter what age or gender.
I start out by wetting my watercolor paper – if you use a 140 lb paper there is no need to stretch it, but if your paper is thinner than that you might want to tape it to a cardboard before you start to prevent it from bulging while you’re painting.
When the paper is still wet I add the sky/cloud colors so they spread on the wet paper and create realistic looking clouds; I like Ultramarine mixed with a little bit of Paynes grey or burnt sienna for this. I let that dry completely before I go on with the next step.
Then I simply paint stripes of different colors to create mountains, hills, fields and grass, making sure I use cool colors for the mountains and hills and warmer colors for the grass and fields that are closer. This is an easy way to create distance in a painting and especially important in a simple scene like this where there isn’t much else to guide the eye.
I used mixes of ultamarine and viridian for the distant hills and then raw sienna, burnt sienna and burnt umber for the fields and grass. For the very darks I mix ultramarine with burnt umber. You can of course choose any colors you like but try to stick to a limited number of colors – that way it is easier to create harmony in your painting.
I then spatter some darker colors (ultramarine mixed with burnt umber) to the bottom to create a bit of texture. Make sure you protect the rest of the painting with a piece of scrap paper before doing this!
You can of course also use stamps to create leaves or plants, just make sure your painting is completely dry before you do this.
When I’m happy with my painting it is time to “frame” it. I used Lawn Fawn’s wonderful Stitched Rectangles for this. I put a smaller die inside a larger one and use washi tape to keep them in place like that when I die cut them.
I then adhere my little painting to a card base, stamp a sentiment underneath and then adhere the frame using foam adhesive.
Thank you so much for sharing this awesome tutorial, Karin! I can’t wait to try some fun watercolor backgrounds! You rock!
Winsor Newton’s watercolor paints and Watercolor paper (daler rowney)
Hello and welcome to the third post of Lawn Fawn’s Spring Release and Inspiration Week week! We are just so excited about this week! We are featuring 5 stamp sets and 6 dies, Let’s Polka, Mon Amie and our new ink, and we will have fun posts and giveaways and lots of inspiration! These products will be available on February 19th!
Today is our showcase of Eggstra Special Easter and its coordinating dies! The design team has made the most amazing samples! We also have a video at the bottom showcasing some fun ways of using these products !
Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details and leave these wonderful DT girls some comment love! 🙂
Elena‘s card is gorgeous! I love how she curved the tulips, and the yellow Gingham Backdrops is the perfect touch!
Nicole‘s Easter party decor is stunning! The bunnies are adorable cupcake toppers, and the new Grassy Cupcake Wrapper die is perfect with them!
Yainea‘s card is so cute! I just love the new Stitched Squares dies, and I love the way she decorated the Easter eggs with her Copic markers!
Lynnette‘s card is adorable! I love the enamel dots for the eyes and her fun color combo!
Latisha was able to get a really different look from the set by just using the tulips. I love it and the cool watercolor look!
Nichol‘s card is so pretty! I love how she colored those tulips, and the googly eye on the bunny couldn’t be cuter!
Tiffany‘s Goodie Bags are so cute! This is such a great way to present an Easter treat! I love how her sentiment is on the diagonal!
I love how Chari put a doily behind the Easter basket. It is so pretty! Let’s Polka, Mon Amie papers are perfect for Easter projects!
I love Chari‘s idea of white heat embossing the bunnies on brown cardstock! It really does create a perfect chocolate bunny look! Brilliant!
Lynnette‘s card is so cute! I love the sentiment on vellum! It looks awesome!!
Make sure you click on each of the design team’s names to go to their blogs and see the details of how they made their cards. You will walk away inspired for sure!
Now, I have a video for you showing these products in action and some fun things you can do with them. I hope you enjoy it! Watch it below or at our You Tube channel.
Thank you so much for watching!
I hope you have enjoyed this look at Eggstra Special Easter and its coordinating dies. Tomorrow we have another fun set to show you! For now, though, it’s giveaway time! Leave us a comment telling us what your favorite Easter candy is by February 18th at 5:00pm EDT, and we will randomly pick one winner for this stamp set! (If you already own this stamp set and win, you can choose another set!)
Make sure to come back tomorrow, Monday February 16th for our next inspiration week day!
Thank you so much for all of your excitement for our inspiration week! Your comments, tweets, facebook, instagram and YouTube messages mean so much to us! Every one puts a big smile on our faces! We think Lawn Fawn fans are the best in the world. We love you guys! 🙂