No-Line Watercoloring with Altenew Flower Stamps


– [Voiceover] Hi
everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another card video at my YouTube channel and blog. Today I’m going to
be creating a card using a couple stamps
that’s from Altenew. The first stamp set I’m
starting with is Peony Bouquet, and I’m going to be
stamping some of the stamps from the stamp set, and
then watercoloring them using the no-line
watercoloring technique. So, first I’m going to go ahead and prep my watercolor paper. I’m using some Arches Cold
Press Watercolor Paper today, and I’ve taped that
down to a board to help the paper
stay completely flat
while I’m painting. The watercolors I’m using
today are from Mijello. These are the Mission
Gold Watercolors that I’ve used in the past, and they are
absolutely fantastic. I’m so happy to see that
so many of you were able to pick these up for that
great price over at Amazon. I’ll have links to this
watercolor set down below in the video description,
and over at my blog as well. Usually they have these
for a really good price around $70, so it’s
actually quite a bit off from that retail price. So, if you were looking
for some good watercolors, you might try these out and
purchase them at Amazon. So, I’m testing out
some different colors from the watercolor palette. I just want to see what
kind of shades they had, and kind of see how they
would look together. And I narrowed it down
to a few different colors that I wanted to use. So, before you actually do
the stamping of the flowers, I’m going to do kind of
a underlayer of color. I’ve done this in the past,
and I really like the effect. Sometimes, in my
mind, I can get that like this is a white
piece of paper. It can kind of block me from
actually starting. (laughs) So, by just putting
down some color, it gives me a little
bit more freedom to play with my painting. And I kind of like the look of that layered color effect like some of the underlayers of color glowing
through the top layers. And you can really get
that with watercolors, especially if you do
an underlayer of color and then do your
regular painting on top, which is what I’m doing today. So, I painted all of that. Let it dry, or sped it
up with my heat tool, and then I made
a mask out of one of the large flower stamps. That’s because I’m going
to do some stamping around the flower, and
I want to make sure that the stamp lines
don’t intersect with the first
flower that I stamp. So, I’m using some
Distress Ink today. This is the color Antique Linen. It’s a great color for
doing no-line watercoloring because the Distress
Ink, in particular, is formulated to
work with water. So, as I start to paint along
these shapes on this flower, some of that ink color will sort of look like it disappears. So, it’s really great for
doing no-line coloring. Use that mask to protect the
first flower that I stamped, and now I’m stamping
the second flower right next to it, and
moved that one over so that I can do some leaves
around the second flower. So, I’m just adding some leaves, and some also smaller
buds around the flowers, and then I’m going
to start painting. So, I’m not doing a whole lot
of color mixing at this point. I’m using the color
straight from the palette. I figured it would be a
little bit easier that way. And I’m using each individual
section of the flower, and only painting the
ones that aren’t touching. So, you’ll notice as
I start painting that, I’m using sections or petals
that are apart from each other, and then I’ll kind
of move around. And as everything dries,
then I can come back and paint the areas that are
in between those two petals. In order to get sort of like
the faded look with this, I put down kind of a full
strength of paint down at the very base of the flower. And then, I got my paper wet
with a little bit of water. Dabbed it off on a paper towel, and then came back in and
started to spread that paint. And I do that a few
different times. Usually, it’s about three times, so about, right here is
when I’m spreading it out to the far end of that petal. And then, I’ll go
ahead and speed up the painting
process for you guys just so you can see
the entire process, but it doesn’t have
to take so long. So, I’m adding more
of that pink color in, and then spreading it out. And you’ll notice I did that
about three or four times to get that color to spread. And I’m trying to
do areas that aren’t too close to each other. You can see that
area right there sort of bled into
it, into each other. Not a huge deal. I just have to make
sure that I didn’t use, or didn’t work on
petals that were right next to each
other anymore. Spreading out that color. And I really love how this
color kind of dries back. It’s a really intense
sort of magenta-purple. And then, as it dries back,
it softens just a little bit. I really like that look. So, I’m moving on and
doing some other areas. I’m going to go ahead
and turn on some music so you guys can see the
entire painting process. When it comes to
doing the leaves, I did the exact same thing
that I did with the petals. Mostly just tried to do
them in small sections and spreading out that color across the entire shape area. So, I’ll be back after all
the painting is finished. (gentle instrumental music) As you can see, I added a
light color around the edges, and then a darker color
right around the center of the flowers and
near the bottom. I just wanted to give it a
little more of a background. So, I let that dry, and
then I took it off the board and peeled off that blue tape that was holding it down. I did end up trimming down
this piece just a little bit so that it was an exact
size for an A2 card, so it is 5 1/2 inches
wide by 4 1/4 tall. And then I grabbed
this other stamps that are called Beautiful Day, and I’m using one of the
sentiments from that stamp set. I stamped that onto some vellum, and then I put some white
embossing powder over the top, and then used my heat tool to melt that embossing powder. Then, trim down that
piece to be a small strip. That’s going to go
on the right side of this watercolor piece,
kind of overlapping the flowers just a little bit. The reason I use
vellum is because I wanted to kind of have
it so it doesn’t interfere with the entire painting. I wanted it to just
have a small message up on the top corner. The card base I’m
using today is made out of Neenah Solar White cardstock. This is the 110-pound version, and I scored it out
at 5 1/2 to create a side-folding landscape card. I then added some
Tombow Extreme Adhesive to the back of that
watercolor piece. I put quite a few strips
of that adhesive down so that it’ll stick nice and
firmly to that card base. And then, starting from
one of the corners, I just spread that out over
the entire surface of the card. So, that finishes
the card for today. I hope you guys enjoyed. Like I said before,
this is for Altenew and it’s actually
part of a blog hop, so if you would like a
chance to win some prizes and also see a bunch
of other inspiration using Altenew stamps,
please head over to my blog. There’s a link down in
the video description. Thanks so much for watching, and I’ll catch you
guys next time. (upbeat instrumental music)

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