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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Flowers Whisper What Words Cannot Say............

Good morning!

I've created this card using watercolour pencils - had a whole lot of fun so lets see how I got there....

Spring is in the air don't you think?!!!

Instead of taking photo's along the way I've taken one of how I get there with watercolour pencils - and I'll explain!

I first marked out my square which in this case is 7 x 7 inches in pencil. I am working on a watercolour block pad (the pages are sealed to help with minimal movement of the paper).

Now, to get that wonderful light background I have actually used three colours of Inktense watercolour pencils and have shaved off some of the pencil tips using a craft knife.  You don't need that much of the pencil tip shavings to create your lovely "loose" background.  So, once you've got your shavings on there just spritz gently with water and see it move!

I stamped my image (Sheena Douglass Magnolia stamp) first of course and have then gone in with the pencils with the three colours from the challenge swatch.  The joy of having such a lovely watercolour pad and the large page size is that you can always use the rest of the page as your testing palette.  Here you can see how I experimented with the pencils and tried them out first before putting them on the actual design.

The sentiment (which I think was a Justrite one) has been stamped using Spectrum Aqua Markers direct to the stamp, spritzed gently and then stamped - it gives you this lovely watercolour effect to the sentiment.

I have added some flowers that also came in the same Sheena Douglass Magnolia stamp set - again, you can see how I've tested those on the page before going direct to the artwork.

When I was happy with the water colouring, I added Glossy Accents to the petals of the flowers.

You can see the Glossy Accents a bit closer here.

Matted and layered on to two mats which have been coloured with Spectrum Aqua Markers in matching colours. Oh, and I doodled some of my own designs on there too!!!!

I thought this shouted Spring or even Easter?

Hope you like this one and particularly how I work with watercolours and test before adding to the final result.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xx

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges:-

Rubber Dance March Colour Challenge:-

Artistic Stamper - Springtime:-

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes:-

Stamplorations - Sketch and Stamp - Stamps and Spring:-


  1. This is a wonderful Spring creation Leanne. I love the intensity of the colours and the focal image and background work beautifully together. I'm really pleased the you took a photos of this card in it's progression as the Glossy Accents show up really well in Your first picture. Wishing you a sunny day, crafty hugs, Sandra x

  2. Beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Rubber dance!

  3. This is very pretty! Love Spring colors - they're so happy.

  4. Very pretty. Fun way to create your background. Love this. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  5. Such a pretty card Leanne, great flowers and use of colour too. Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' and we hope to see you again soon ;) Viv DT xx

  6. This looks fabulous! Your pencil-colored flowers are so details and such gorgeous colors. Thanks so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge.

  7. I am loving all the colours, thank you for joining in this months challenge on The Artistic Stampers blog.

  8. Love the colours you've used, so bright and cheery.
    Thanks for playing along with us at STAMPlorations. :)