Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Break out the brushes!

I've obviously had a bit of a watercolouring mood on over the last few days! I have a couple of things to share today that both use inks as watercolours and I just picked up a cute little stacked wheel palette of Koh-i-Noor watercolours when I popped out earlier today, too.

First up, a lovely new image from the Saturday Evening Post line - these images are all cover art from the magazine and I think this one is my favourite of the SEP releases so far! Aren't these lions just beautiful?

I used Adirondack Stonewashed ink for the sky - it's one of the very few Adirondacks I've found that breaks down in water and I chose it here for that reason. I thought the purplish tones coming out of the blues made for an interesting wash.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Lion and Lioness (Saturday Evening Post line)
Motivational Centers (Mona Lisa Moments line)
Finial under sentiment from For the Men (Rummage Bin line)

Smooth white (inked with Stazon around edge)
140lb hot press watercolor paper

Stazon by Tsukineko (Timber Brown)
Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger (Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade)

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Stonewashed)

Sewing machine and thread

Then I'd been itching to pair up this sentiment and the olive branch since I got the Vegetable Harvest stamps last week and the SCS "clean and simple" challenge this week gave me the perfect opportunity. The challenge is to make a monochrome card.

I've used only shades of green - even the bit that looks fairly black on the pic is actually Versafine Olympia Green, I filled the open space of the stems by squidging a little Versafine onto an old CD and then applying it with a paintbrush. The other greens are all dye inks used as watercolours.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Vegetable Harvest (Shady Tree Studio line)
Christmas Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line)

Watercolor paper

Versafine by Tsukineko (Olympia Green)
Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger (Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint)
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Willow)

Paper piercer

Although they both use watercolour techniques, these two cards use different papers - hot press for the lion image because the smoother surface is perfect for these more detailed stamps and a very textured one for the olives as the texture gives interest to the white space of the design. For those of you in the UK, it was a bargain buy from The Papermill but it was a while back - might still be worth a look though!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed today's cards!


Karen said...

Those lions are splendid Joanne...they look so majestic! I am pleased you paired your olive branch to that sentiment...they go perfectly X

Traceyr said...

Wow Joanne, lovely painting you are clever. The olive card is so simple and beautiful, I always wonder how come I can't make cards that look as brilliant as this?


Unknown said...

Wow Joanne!!! How fantastic and majestic do those lions look? Your watercolouring is superb!

I also really love the simplicity of the olive branch.


Janice said...

I can see why that Lion image is your
favourite, it is beautiful. The simpicity of the olive really appeals to me to - yum, I love olives!

Kaz said...

Ooo those cards are brilliant Joanne. Lovely stamps and watercolouring.

Anonymous said...

breathtaking work!

Gez Butterworth said...

Awesome Joanne. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog. Thank you for sharing your work with us. xx

Hazel said...

Stunning cards, Joanne. I love the use of the textured card for the bottom one. x

Darlene said...

Fantastic Joanne!! LOVE those lions ... such a powerful image! Great job!!

Michelle Forrest said...

Absolutely stunning!

Caroline said...

Beautiful cards Joanne - love the lions and the shading is perfect. Love the simplicity of the olive card too and I do love olives, spesh with lemon and garlic, haha...x

Kathy said...

Two lovely cards and two great quotes Joanne

I especially love the second one, it has just a serene feel to it