Watercolour Tulips
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Watercolour Tulips for Mother’s Day

This is my first real attempt at no-line watercolouring – well technically my second, but the first ended quickly with me tossing it in the recycle bin. This is the first time I actually took my time, followed tips from other online crafters, and felt like I had a grasp on the basic techniques. I must give a shout out to Amy R at Prairie Paper Ink who gave me the confidence to try this again.

Before I even started with a card design, I just wanted to try the technique. So I pulled out some watercolour paper and stamped my Sketch Tulip Bouquet stamp in Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige Ink. Then I pulled out my watercolours, I will admit, they’re a really cheap set I picked up at Michaels. I wasn’t ready to invest in a heavy duty set until I knew if I was going to use them. I’m still learning, so I’ll probably stick with this palette for a while.

I built up my colour carefully, drying it with my heat tool in between, and trying to really layer colour and shadow and see what I came up with. In the end I also augmented the watercolour tulips with a bit of coloured pencil and a blending stump. This probably wouldn’t have been necessary if I had a watercolour set with stronger pigment colours, but for now it worked. I don’t know if it’s perfect, but I am happy with the progress and for my first real effort I’m satisfied.

Deciding that it was good enough to use on a card, I cut out the tulips and adhered them to a kraft cardstock panel that had been splattered with white paint. I stamped a Mother’s Day sentiment in the corner and placed a few iridescent sequins around to give it a little extra sparkle.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Love you!


Cardstock – Recollections
Stamps – Simon Says Stamp Sketch Tulip Bouquet and Stampin’ Up! Wreath of Roses
Ink – Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige and Versamark Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts White Detail
Acrylic Paint – American Crafts Titanium White
Watercolours – Artists Loft (Michaels)
Sequins – Recollections

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