Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CAS Watercolour January Happy Birthday!

It is exciting to start the New Year off with CAS Watercolour..Happy Birthday Challenge!
Be sure and check out the beautiful watercoloured Birthday cards by our 
very talented Design Team and awesome Guest Designer, Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord).


I need several January Birthday cards.  Thanks Loll for the perfect challenge!


I had fun practicing my No-Line Watercolouring using PB "The Sweetest Sound".

I stamped the image in my MISTI using Distress Ink Tea Dye, which showed me the details.
I used Arches Hot Press watercolor paper.
I left my card front in MISTI to keep image secure when watercoloring.

I used my Zigs to watercolor all the images. except the birds. Used my aqua pens to help blend, lighten and highlight the Zig watercolors.
I colored the birds with Prismacolor Pencils.

I had more control over the different colors on the birds by using the pencils.
I used Gamsol to blend the colors with paper stump.

After (an hour) happy with the results I die cut the image with MB Stitched Rectangle Die.
Popped up with fun foam and added SU sentiment.
Then mounted on SU Very Vanilla CS. So relaxing to watercolor.

I hope you get to join us at CAS Watercolour.  You have until the 24th to play along.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year !  Hugs...



Supplies:
Stamps: Penny Black "The Sweetest Sound".  SU It's Your Birthday (ret)
Paper: SU Very Vanilla.  Arches Hot Press.
Inks: T.H. Distress Ink: Tea Dye.  Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolors.
Accessories: MB Stitched Rectangle Dies. MISTI. Prismacolor pencils. Gamsol odorless mineral spirits. Paper stumps. fun foam. 05 art pen for eyes and beaks. SU Aqua Pen.

30 comments:

Loll said...

Your watercolour birds on a branch are beautiful Nancy. Well worth the hours work. Great definition on the birds with using pencils. xx

nancy littrell said...

Thanks Loll. It was my best attempt at coloring these birds. In the past, I tried watercoloring them. I have seen more stampers using pencils for detail coloring and gave it a try. I was very pleased with the results. Dina Kowal http://www.dinakowalcreative.com/p/tutorial-index.html is my favorite artist. Hugs..

Pat said...

I beautiful combination of watercolouring and pencil work Nancy and the colours you have used are really pretty, and the red berries are perfect for a January birthday. x

nancy littrell said...

Thank you, Pat. So many new techniques to try :-) Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments. They are all so appreciated. Happy Creative New Year my friend. Hugs..

Nancy Stislow said...

You did a beautiful job on this Nancy! I have that stamp and after several failures I keep moving it to the bottom of my stamps! Yours is just gorgeous! Great idea to use pencils on the birds! Mine kept looking like a blob! You inspired me to try again though!

Bonnie said...

This is one of my favorite stamps and your birds are so vibrant and beautiful! I love how you've placed the design panel off center!

nancy littrell said...

I know exactly what you mean, Nancy. My birds always looked like a blob too. Please let me know when you try again. Hugs.

nancy littrell said...

Thanks, Bonnie. I was so happy to finally use a technique that worked on this beautiful stamp. Good thing we have a streak of stubbornness and so do not give up! Hugs..

Christine Alexander said...

Nancy, we have to try this in May, I think I need a personal lesson. I have the stamp but never inked it up. I also love the idea of mixing up the pencil and watercolours.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Just beautiful Nancy! It looks just like a watercolour painting! Have a great week! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

nancy littrell said...

I would like to demo this technique. I have learned so much in just the few I have done lately. Everyone will have tips I am sure too:-) Hugs

Susan said...

Love the way you used both Zigs and Prismacolor Pencils - makes an interesting contrast in media. Both birds and branches are beautifully coloured. I really like your layout - I'm always too stuck on getting the focal panel in the centre of the card base!

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is simply beautiful, Nancy! It just looks like a Japanese paining! I LOve how you colored the birds - the colors and the pencil strokes make the feathers look so real. I feel like wring "happy birthday" in Japanese with black brush pen next to the birds and frame it! :-) Hugs.. Hideko

nancy littrell said...

Oh My...you make me blush, my friend:-) It would be even more beautiful with your brushed Happy Birthday:-) Hugs..

nancy littrell said...

I was moving my layer around and decided I really liked it in the bottom corner:-) I hope we can do the no-line technique and pencils with gamsol at our retreat. I would like to demo. I want to do more of this technique. Hugs..

nancy littrell said...

Thank you Hazel. I so appreciate your comment knowing how busy you are. Hugs..

Karen D. said...

this is such a gorgeous card Nancy...I agree with above, looks like a Japanese painting...great job.
Happy New Year mf and keep inspiring us.
xx Karen

Ros Crawford said...

Happy New Year!! And what a beautiful card Nancy!! Your no line painting is superb in evryway... Love it!

Anke said...

Wonderful card, I love these birds (one of my favorite stamp) and your layout and coloring, so lovely.

Happy New Year and Greetings from Germany
Anke

Mac Mable said...

Love how you've combined the pencils with the water colours as it adds a beautiful contrast. Gorgeous colouring and colours and such a beautiful card Nancy x

Leslie Miller said...

Beautiful, Nancy! You know how I love birds. So hard to get them right, but your pencil coloring turned out fabulous. Haven't had my pencils out in a while, but plan to do lots more coloring this year. It's all fun! This is such a pretty mixed media creation!

nancy littrell said...

Hopefully I can share IRL before I use it for a Feb. birthday. Hugs..

Anita in France said...

Gosh, those sweet birds on a branch are simply lovely, Nancy ... gorgeous colouring and blending ... a real work of art! Hugs, Anita :)

nancy littrell said...

Thank you so much Anita for your sweet comment. I am excited that you are on Darnell's new "Twofer" DT:-) Hugs...

paperpapier said...

Such brilliant colouring...I love this. How I wish I can colour like that so that I can make lots of bookmark for my kid.

Julia Aston said...

How beautifully you colored this with your techniques Nancy - so bold and bright - a wonderful birthday card - I have to try this out (as soon as I have a minute!!) Julia xx

nancy littrell said...

Or an hour:-) I would love to see you try this technique. Even tho it takes time it is very relaxing. We do have fun:-) Hugs..

Ina Grehan said...

Awesome water colouring here Nancy. Those birds are so cute. Love the cas layout.

Cindy Beach said...

Happy New Year, Nancy!
Each of your cards for this challenge are beautiful but I love this one best. Your coloring is so gorgeous and your placement of these birds is perfect. Love the CAS elegance!

Linda said...

This is so pretty Nancy ..... well done with those birds they look amazing xx