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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Watercolor Flower Pot - Distress Inks

More Bible Verse doodling! I used Distress Inks (w/water) and outlined parts with my Micron pen.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Watercolor Hydrangea in a Ball Mason Jar

It's week 2 in my Documented Faith group and this weeks verse is  
Psalms 25: 4-5
Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your Truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my Hope is in You all day long.
I have been wanting to paint a hydrangea in a mason for a long time so here it is!  I really enjoyed it and after watching a few tutorials on You Tube I gave it a try!  I'm pretty happy with it for a first try.  I definitely need to work more on painting glass.  Not to mention, I'm really not happy with my lettering.  It just looks like my same boring hand writing to me.  I have signed up for a Lettering/Doodle class with Stephanie Ackerman and I'm looking forward to that!  I'm hoping it will help improve my hand lettering!

Here is my initial sketch that I started out with.  I was thinking about making this hydrangea into a new Digital Stamp for my store at Tiffany Doodles.  What do you think?
 I started with my Mason jar and painted wet on wet a turquoise blue. Again, need to work on my glass & water reflection technique.  I used a basic water color palette and mixed some of my own shades.  I drew the word 'Ball' on with my Distress Ink watercolor marker (fine tip) in Tumbled Glass.
 Next, I filled in the base color for my leaves. I used a sharp edge of my ruler to carve out the veins in the leaves.  I then painted wet on wet the base color for the flower.  Before I paint I try to erase some of my pencil lines so they don't show thru.  Ha!! On the flower, I couldn't even see them anymore so that was a waste of time, but I guess not, b/c it gave me a good silhouette to follow for the shape.
 Next, I painted in a few little flowers with a mix of Cerulean Blue and Purple.  I just guessed at the shapes!  It only takes a few to be in focus and then just swish your brush around a bit to fake a few! =)
 I added more depth to the leaves and did a few yellow dots in the center of some of the flowers here and there.  Then added a purple table!
 For the background, I wet everything with clear water right up to the edge of the flowers then dabbled some pink and blue, which made some purple shades in a few spots that blended.  I also painted the wings on my butterfly to give it a stained glass look.
 I went over my words with my Faber-Castell PITT waterproof pen.  On the butterfly (or maybe it's a dragonfly) wings I made tiny little veins!



 Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out (except for my hand lettering).  If you are interested in joining the Documented Faith group on Facebook, just send a request to join!

If you are interested in the Documented Faith facebook group, everyone is welcome to join us!

Oh, and if you enjoy using Distress Ink in a more traditional style of watercoloring, then you've got to come over to my Facebook Group  Distress Ink for Watercolor! We'd love to have you join us!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tim Holtz Distress Ink DIY Color Chart

I Love my Tim Holtz Distress Inks!  Why?  B/c I love watercolor!!  For those of you who may not know, they are a water based ink which means they are soluble in water!  They come in 49 colors and are available in ink pads, markers, stains, & sprays.  I have them all in the ink pads and the markers!  They are coming out with 12 new colors in 2015.  They plan to release them 1 color per month!  Oh the anticipation!  The new color for January is called Cracked Pistachio!  It is a delicious shade of turquoise that is very vintage and kitschy!  I'll be ordering from Crafty Saver as soon as it starts shipping in Feb.  They have the best prices and customer service!
I wanted my Distress Ink chart with me where ever I go so I just made it in my journal!  My journal pages are #140 watercolor paper.  While you can use these markers/ink on just about any paper, for blending purposes you won't find anything better than watercolor paper.   So, my journal pages are 5.5" x 8" in size. I cut a small square piece of card stock 3/4" square and snipped the corners for a more rounded look. I managed to get 6 colors across and 6 colors down.  I left a 1/2" space between the rows to write in the color name.  Since this wasn't enough room for all 49 colors I continued the chart on the back.  If I do this again, I'll lay it out so that it is on two facing pages!
I penciled in my squares and then went over them with my Faber-Castell Pitt pens b/c they are waterproof.  Then I erased all the pencil marks.
I wrote in all the ink names.  I messed up on a few looking from an old chart and had to paint over them with Gesso.
After the gesso dried I filled in the names!
Here is the back side of the page.
To fill in the boxes, i used a small heart stamp and my Distress Ink pads and stamped the heart in the corner.  Next I used my Distress markers and colored in the bottom of the square.  I used my water brush to pull the color up towards the heart to show it fading into the white page.
I continued on the back.  I kept my little square template stuck to the page with Washi tape so I can add more squares as new colors are released.  After all 12 new colors are released this year then I will prolly make a new chart so I can insert them where they will belong, but for now, I'll just add them to the bottom.   I'd love to see your color charts if you try this out!! Leave a comment!  Thanks for looking!


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coloring the Page Edges of my Journaling Bible

For Christmas this past year (2014) I got a Journaling/Doodling Bible!  Not to mention, a ton of new art supplies!  I was so inspired by Ashley's post at A Pile of Ashes and how she colored her bible edges I decided to do it myself!  For those of you who don't know what a Journaling Bible is.  It's a regular bible with a 2" column on both sides of the pages that gives you room to "make notes".  My notes just happen to be very artsy, creative and colorful!!  I haven't started on the inside yet, but I'll post here when I do!  Trust me, it won't be long!!
To start, I got out a few of my favorite stamps and started stamping.  If you are trying this as well, I can go ahead and tell you that it's a bit difficult to get an even stamping because of the contour of the pages (not totally flat).   I started out by flipping back the front & back covers and used the back of my hand to press the bible against the edge of my table to smoosh the pages together tight.
I then inked my stamp with (Staz-On) and stamped it on.  I was not happy with that first stamp.  I had to use my Faber-Castell drawing pens to fill in all the lines that didn't stamp.  
Then I discovered that if I used my fingers instead of the acrylic blocks I could get a more even stamping b/c I could "roll" the stamp along the curves with my fingers.  I liked this method and used it for the rest of the project.


Once I got all my stamps layed down.  Then I picked up my new Distress Ink Watercolor markers and started coloring!  (Note: I did NOT use any water.)  I filled in all the stamps first.  Then I outlined all the stamps in Tumbled Glass and filled in the white space with Peacock Feathers.  I didn't really like the look of the transition between the two colors so I used my pen to outline as you see here.
Next, I decided to fill in some blank spaces with dots and some curly q's! all over where ever I could fit some in.


I loved this little strawberry stamp and colored it in layers.
Here are some finished shots!  If you have any questions, just leave a comment! 





If you are interested in the Documented Faith facebook group, everyone is welcome to join us!

Oh, and if you enjoy using Distress Ink in a more traditional style of watercoloring, then you've got to come over to my Facebook Group  Distress Ink for Watercolor! We'd love to have you join us!

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