A watercolor from a reference sketch.
This was the watercolor set I used. The Shmincke Academie was a holiday set from a year ago. I ordered it through Ebay but then realized the same set was also sold on Etsy by the same person (Etsy is my preferred place to buy internationally…I just maneuver the site a lot smoother). I would love the new 125th anniversary Schmincke Horadam set but I’m not anywhere near professional, so maybe some day. I added the few paints I purchased by Daniel Smith and Windsor & Newton’s Cotman to the set. The Daniel Smith is pricey but I love how smooth it goes on paper and how well it blends. Not pictured but I also used a Micron fine liner in .05 to darken her eyebrows, eyes, and nose, and a white pen for the light in her eyes.
I’m enjoying the Color Theory class by Wilna Furstenberg. I’m learning so much about painting and colors and how they work together. I knew how to match up colors and such before but I didn’t know how to really work with the colors to achieve a certain look which I think I have a better understanding of now.
This layout called for warm colors and brush strokes.
I finally was able to put my Tim Holtz paper distresser to good use as you can see in the last photo where I took a close-up. I also learned how to create a sticker look with the Silhouette Portrait using the Offset. Wilna provides a very good tutorial in her class but she also has the tutorial on her blog. It took a few tries and frustrations to finally get it to work correctly. The whimsical leaves die cuts were from Wilna, the dots were from a FB swap, the acrylic paints are Reeves, and the paper with the white cameras and the paper I’ve distressed are by American Crafts.
I used a rolling pin and bubble wrap to create the stamps. The acrylic paint brand I used is Reeves. They were a little on the darker side so I mixed a little bit of white in. The journaling flower is from an ephemera set from awhile ago so I don’t know the brand. The die cuts are from Wilna Furstenberg, the wood veneers and fawn badge are from Studio Calico.
I created the above paper layout by following the steps from Wilna Furstenberg at Studiocalico.com. She used gel paint in her tutorial but I don’t have gel paint so I used what was available to me, which was, gel matte medium, and acrylic paints. The intricate die cut was created by Wilna as a freebie. I used the Silhouette Portrait to cut it out and then gently removed it from the mat with an exacto knife and a plastic scraper. It’s a little time consuming but it’s one gorgeous piece of die cut.
This layout was so much fun to make. I’ve never used paint on a scrapbook page like this so it was a really great learning experience.