Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Flower Page

I saw that the August challenge over at A Vintage Journey was called Watercolour and thought that I might enter it and try my hand at some watercolouring since it isn't something I have ever done.  I came up with this page for my art journal.

I am currently using a Canson Mixed Media journal and don't find that the pages stand up well to lots of wet media so I glued two pages together with Mod Podge.  I put the glue on using an old rewards card, joined the pages, spritzed the back and front with a fine mist of water and then put them between two pieces of waxed paper under a heavy book to dry and that kept the page fairly flat.

Once it was dry I added some texture with a stencil (Teresa Collins) and some Molding Paste (Golden).  Once the paste was dry I covered the page with a coat of White Gesso (Liquitex).

I painted the page with a coat of Blush Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy) followed by a coat of Candy Floss Resco Finish that I wiped back in spots with a baby wipe.

I added some stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and a script stamp called Haunted (Recollections).  Then I added stenciling with a Harlequin Stencil (Tim Holtz) and Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi for Ranger).

Next came some spray colour.  I used Twisted Citron and Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz) and some watered down Zesty Zing Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy).

I added a few circles and lines using White Gesso (Liquitex) and a cap from a spray bottle and an old rewards card.

I stamped one of the flowers and stem with leaves from a set called Flower Garden (Tim Holtz) using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).  The stamping was done on Watercolour Card (Canson).

I coloured the image using watercolour pencils (Artist's Loft since that was all I had.  It was fun so a trip to the art supply store is in the works so I can buy something better and get practicing.

I tore around the image and inked the edges with Spun Sugar Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  The sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC and was computer generated.  The edges were torn and inked in the same manner as the flower image.

My Granddaughter taught me a bit more about using watercolours today.  These were techniques she learned at one of her art camps this summer.  I am impressed with her abilities and her love of art - she is just 11 (going on 20 but that is another story - lol).


  1. Thanks for sharing your technique on your lovely journal page. I'm enjoying "time" and trying the watercolor also. All the little tidbits help. You've created unique layers and such a pretty flower. For me ..a fun visit.

  2. Wow, Cec! You amaze me with your water coloring skills! How fun that your sweet granddaughter helped you through the learning process! You are a natural and obviously a good student! Love your colors and that background is GORGEOUS! Can you tell that I LOVE this! Thank you so much for including it in our Water Color challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs! Sara Emily

  3. This is a real beauty! Cec. Your watercoloured flower is wonderful - love how you retained some of the delicacy of colour. As for your background journal page well that's fabulous with all the stenciling, texture and detail . Enjoy your trip to the Art Supply Store ! Watercolour painting/ colouring can be so calming and therapeutic I I think. Sonds like your granddaughter takes after Grandma with her interest and ability in art .
    Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey .
    Amanda x

  4. Back to say congratulations on your Pinworthy! Woo Hoo! Way to go!


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