Speedcolor: Recreating a Once-in-a-Lifetime Watercolor

Jan 27, 2020Sympathy & Thinking of You Cards8 comments

Speedcolor: Recreating a Once-in-a-Lifetime Watercolor

Jan 27, 2020Sympathy & Thinking of You Cards8 comments

Ever think “well, I’ll never be able to duplicate that…”

Yah – me too. The problem is, you LOVE this card! I got so many comments and complements on my watercolor take on the new Altenew Paint-a-Flower Poppy set that I knew I’d have to figure out how to recreate it for you.

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What you don’t know…

Is that the design was mistake after mistake after mistake. I almost threw it in the trash no less than three times. Seriously.

And then, it happened. I hit it with the heat gun for the last time and, poof! The ugly duckling became a beautiful swan.

One of the craziest things I noticed is the way the watercolor markers hung onto the original stamped image. I stamped in Morning Frost ink on 140lb. Cold Press watercolor paper. I didn’t expect the ink from the watercolor brushes to essentially “stick” to the stamp outline. I think that was what made it “ugly” to me at first. Then, I just kept playing with adding ink and lightly spritzing with water until the art emerged.

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Speedcoloring Video

Truth be told, I didn’t think I’d figure out how to recreate anything remotely similar. But, I had to try! I also didn’t think that I’d be able to explain what I was doing, and why, so this time, I opted for a speedcoloring video. I think you’ll see a lot of what I did to create this look, even though it’s playing at super-speed. I’m sure I’ll try this technique again. Hopefully I’ll have the confidence to share more of a step-by-step then.

But, in the meantime, enjoy!

Just experiment…

Unlike most projects, I would not call this one “easy”. It requires patience and the willingness to work through the ugly phase. AND, it also requires the willingness to throw away a few tries if it’s really not going well. However, if you do go for it, you may discover something absolutely beautiful!

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Speedcolor: Recreating a Once-in-a-Lifetime Watercolor