Welcome to November and welcome to our FOU monthly blog hop!
This months cue is a FAVORITE of mine! All about Watercolor!!
*****Attn- There will be a lot of text in this post as I will share in detail about my own watercoloring processes, papers and mediums used, and tips & tricks. Hope you will take the time to take it all in and read to the end ;). If you do, (and I hope you do) please express in the comments. ;) I plan to choose an extra winner for your efforts!
Many of these cards you have seen in the past. They are perfect for illustrating my explanation of various papers and mediums!
When I first started to explore watercolor I wanted to give up so many times. I just could not get the hang of it!! I am so thankful that I kept practicing and watching other makers who's watercoloring I admired! There are many, but the two main influencers were Angie Blom and Gracie Chavez.
If you are just learning and frustrated; can I please encourage you to keep trying! Keep practicing! Keep messing up, but don't give up! I PROMISE your perseverance will pay off!
Keep in mind, you can learn alot from someones technique even if they do not post videos of their process. I studied Angie's cards and Gracie's videos. I learned so much from both!
I transitioned from pretty clean and simple to loose and somewhat messy and I love it. I make lots of mistakes, but the beauty of watercoloring is you can usually cover or fix a mistake by adding or taking away ink. I don't try a lot of techniques because I discovered what I most enjoy.
I, personally, use 4 specific types of paper for watercoloring; Canson XL, Fabriano Hot Press, Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100 lb and Bristol Smooth. The two I use the most are Canson XL and Fabriano. The 2 coloring mediums I use are brick pan sets (my favorite is Prima Marketing) and Watercolor Brush Pens ie Zig Kuretake, Stampin Write, and Karin BrushMarkers Pro.
Canson XL works so well with all the mediums I use. Whether applied directly to the paper or from my glass mat. The ONLY issue I have with Canson XL is that it is a very off white. I, typically, only use a white card base and prefer a white panel, as well.
Here are a few cards I made using Canson XL with the various mediums I like to use.
This card I made for this weeks Brown Thursday mega release using Prima watercolors on Canson XL. Oh, how I love this Petals and Wings Ledger!
I predict this to be a best seller! Agree??!!
On this Balloon Party Background, made a couple years ago, I used a Prima pan set on Canxon XL. See on the green balloon? I had too much water on my brush and it pooled the ink. I still love how this card turned out!
Let's look at some cards using Fabriano Hot Press. This paper works so well with Karin Brushmarkers.
This Newsprint floral uses Karin on Fabriano. I applied the ink both directly to the paper and from my glass mat. You do have to move quickly before the ink sets in leaving you a rough line at your blending point. Especially when applying the ink directly to the paper. Sometimes I add water to the paper first, but most often I add ink and then my slightly wet brush.
Thank you so much for sticking with me to the end!! I sure hope you were able to make sense of the explanation of MY own PERSONAL watercolor style.
I know this was a load of information, but I pray you find it useful and insightful!
I'm not sure if I have a favorite paper and medium as all the ones I shared with you offer me a different creative form and result. It is interesting learning how your brush moves with different inks and papers.
If I can leave you with any advice it is to define your own style! This will bring you the most joy!
I hope you’ll join our cue and create with "Watercolor"! Please, TAG ME if you do. I would truly love to see it!
My hope is that you read through the entire blog. Makes my heart so happy thinking you do!
BobbieSue, I adore your holiday tags!! These would be beautiful as tree ornaments, as well! 😍🎄😍 Fun to look back on last year's beautiful tags, too.
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