Hi everyone! Welcome to Satur-YAY! We're celebrating the weekend by getting our craft on. I hope these projects leave you so inspired, that you can't wait to get in your craft space and create. This week on The CLASSroom blog, we've been playing with the Cosmo Cricket WIP Art Deck. I'm going to walk you through a few projects featuring some pieces from the Art Deck, as well as some shimmer watercolor with Daniel Smith Watercolor.
Daniel Smith watercolors are fabulous, artist grade watercolors. The colors are beautiful and they are very easy to work with. Sandy did a whole series on these watercolors. You can check out those videos by clicking HERE.
Today, I'm going to be doing some basic watercolor with the Daniel Smith watercolors. But in true Carissa fashion, I'll be adding a touch of shimmer to the watercolor with the Daniel Smith Pearlescent Shimmer watercolor. This sheer, shimmery watercolor can be mixed with any watercolor to give the finished product a beautiful shimmer and shine. And what's a handmade card without some shimmer and shine?
The Pearlescent Shimmer is very easy to use. All you have to do is pick a little up with a damp paint brush, just like you would your regular watercolor, and mix it in to the color you are using. Want more shimmer? Just add more. Want a very subtle shimmer, just add a teeny amount.
I didn't do a lot of mixing of colors for these cards. I fact, I was so enamored with the Amazonite Genuine when I tested it out, that I couldn't bring myself to venture out from there. I ended up using this color on several of my cards.
The Cosmo Cricket WIP Art Deck is full of preprinted designs on watercolor paper. The designs include gold foil and clear embossed images. The clear embossed images appear when you add color over the top of them, just like the emboss resist technique. This Art Deck is full of fun phrases and images in all different sizes. I am adding watercolor over the top today, but you could add any kind of water based ink over the top to make the emboss resist areas pop.
The foiled areas act like emboss resist as well. They also help contain the watercolor within boundaries...you'll see me paint in some letters in the video tutorial.
I love that I feel like I've created a masterpiece with just a quick swipe of a paint brush.
Once watercolored, these pieces make perfect focal images for card fronts. I wanted the beauty of the shimmer watercolor to take center stage, so I kept the cards and embellishments very simple.
I'll walk you through the creation of these cards in the video tutorial below. Be sure to check it out.
As I said before, the beautiful designs of the Art Deck, along with the watercolor call for very little embellishing. These are so easy. Dare I say, "Even a caveman could do it"?
I hope these card projects have inspired you to get your craft on today! What better way to spend the weekend than creating a little handmade somethin somethin? It's you're turn now. I'd love to see what you're creating. Be sure to share your creations on social media using #EllenHutsonSaturYAY.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy these projects. I'll see you on the last Saturday of next month for another Satur-YAY. Until then, I hope you have a fabulous day!
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