Saturday, September 2, 2023

Friends of Unity September 2023 Blog Hop ~ Technique

 Hello, friends! Welcome to our September Blog Hop.

I truly enjoyed creating the cards for our Techniques Cue

I chose to focus on a bit of monochromatic coloring, as well as, ink layering and ink accents.

When I first started watercoloring images I was so naïve to the difference layering colors and adding ink accents would bring my creations. Honestly, I didn't even know how. Now that I have captured these techniques my creations feel more alive! 

For both cards I used 3 images and sentiment blocks from the new September KOM. This KOM is just incredible!

I love the different shades of brown in both her hair and the wheat stalks. Actually, I love the outcome of the hair and the wheat stalks on both cards

When I am working with watercolor markers sometimes I'll bring the marker to my paper and blend out with my paintbrush and sometimes I put the ink on a surface and pick it up with my brush. 

I'll be honest, most of the time there is no rhyme or reason to how I create. I just kinda "go with the flow" the piece is taking on. Do you find that also to be true for you?

I love the look this grid background element gives this card. It would be incomplete without it. I stamped the wheat grain stalk directly over the grid and colored in layers with varying shades of brown. Going back over it with color until I achieved the look I was hoping for.

When finishing off a card I always add little bit of color to various areas that I want to stand out or "appear" shaded or shadowed. Followed by splatters and wisps of white ink. 

I'm not sure which style I like best. Perhaps, the softer one. I do especially love how the wheat turned out on that one. ;)

As always, I would love to know which card is YOUR favorite!

I can't wait to hear about all the inspiration you received from my friends and I using todays Techniques cue! If I can leave you with one thing from this cue, always go back and see where you can add varied color and shade to your creation. Oh yea, and splatters are ALWAYS a good idea. ;)

 I hope you’ll  join our Technique cue and create some new cards to share in Unity Show & Tell! Please, TAG ME if you do. I would truly love to see them!!

My hope is that you read through the entire blog. Makes my heart so happy thinking you do!

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog and leave a little (or a lot of :) love along the way . I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with each hop! Including one from myselfBe sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.) 

Speaking of winners! The winner from my August Blog Hop is Carol WortmanAugust 24, 2023 at 3:04 PM

I can identify your beautiful work a mile away. Of note I still cherish my angie card you sent to me many years ago which was "unique...and wonderfully....beautifully..... made".

Congratulations, sweet Carol! I love that you still have the card I sent you so long ago! Thank you so much for always visiting our hop and leaving such sweet comments. Please, claim BEFORE next months hop. Message me here so I can get your winnings to you!

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(Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

I am the last on this months hop!
The hop started with the amazingly talented

There are of us hopping this month! Be sure to go back to any you may have missed as we ask you to give love to each blog to be included in the giveaway. :)

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine toward you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

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  1. Absolutely love your monochromatic cards, Bobbie Sue! So beautiful and your watercoloring, as always, is wonderful!

  2. I feel you can knock it out of the park each time no matter what stamp set you are working with! You got a homerun on these two! Love ❤️ them both!

  3. Your cards always relay such a softness as if each comes with a caring hug enclosed. I prefer the darker of the two (maybe an old eyes requirement tee hee) regardless it is gorgeous. Annd then to see my name.... what a glorious surprise. Off to email you sweet Bobbie. Mwah. And Thank You!.

  4. I love your gorgeous cards with the same image but two different versions. I can't choose a favorite but I love your featured technique of laying stamps. I need to try multiple layering like you did. Varied color and shade is such a great tip and I will keep that in mind. I often don't go back and add to my card. I am going to do this - thanks for the reminder!

  5. Love your cards and your watercolouring is amazing!

  6. I do love how wispy the wheat looks on the lighter card, but I love the darker one better overall. It just spoke to me right away. Both are just glorious to look at!

  7. Beautiful cards and coloring. Thanks for the tips, techniques, and inspiration!

  8. Although I prefer the lighter version, both versions are absolutely stunning! I love your insights on how you use which color application when.

  9. I like both but the dark one is so striking to me! Very pretty!

  10. I love your watercoloring style! I can always spot one of your creations in a heartbeat. Both cards are beautiful! I would not have thought of using the grid as a layer. It really does anchor the wheat. Brilliant!

  11. I love your cards! Your watercoloring is beautiful! I am a fan!❤️

    Linda Abel

  12. What great cards... both are beautiful, but the darker one is definitely my favorite! I love your style so much.

  13. I especially like your monochromatic coloring and then that one little pop of color you add! It just pops out to me!

  14. Beautiful results. My fave is the first one.

  15. Bobbie Sue these are lovely! I will continue to strive to make beautiful spatters like you do!!! I keep practicing!

  16. Love the design and the colors you used! Both are beautiful but I like the one with the more vivid colors the most!