kwdesign  EASY WATERCOLOR

HELLO ALL YOU FAITHFUL…..playing catch up sucks… and lately I have been in way over my head… as we age so do those who we love around us age… I have had relatives with aging problems, and my mom’s extra care giver left town for very valid reasons so i had to go thru trying to get another and I did it but all of that is just excuses for not posting the last couple of weeks… actually without going to look I have no idea when the last blog posted … I had been staying ahead but then ……

Anyway back to blog… I have been playing with watercolor as as well as playing with lettering more than card making…I can’t promise that I am going to be able to stay caught up but I am going to give it a try… I did pay with this idea and below are some of my play.

my masked watercolor backgroun

My scribbled lives piece using the watercolor background

kwdesign..EASY TAPED WATERCOLOR this is another one of her designs and I’ve it too..I told ya’ll I was really in to watercolor backgrounds…so you can skip the ad after a few seconds… all YouTube videos have ads…

A couple of things I would mention after you have seen the video …its possible to buy masking tape which won’t tear up your paper when you remove it… that is already in the the thin strips….so being the LAZY STAMPER that I am …look for it in art stores or on Amazon..¼ inch masking tape . This link is just one that I found but there are others… depending on the size of your card… you might want the ½ in one or there is an 1/8 in one also… she is just very frugal using what she has….

Another HINT…is that I prefer FROG TAPE also on Amazon and in Lowes and Home Depot and Probably any hardware store I prefer it because I think it sticks better and is more removable… but thats just my choice… if you have low tack blue use it… but if you look closely down at the bottom she didn’t press the tape down well to the card and she had some bleeding down there as well… mostly its all about pressing the tape down well  BUT NOT TOO HARD or is might damage your paper when you try to remove…also you need to leave it till your watercolor is dry not too long as it also gets harder to remove…so like don’t wait 3 days to go back and remove it … it might remove easily but it might not…

VIDEO HINT: they tend to speed up the videos when they are do repetitive stuff and this is good and bad… you might not have noticed that while she puts down dark color at the beginning of each segment she goes back and ads more water so that she gets an ombre effect to the color… all solid dark red is not as appealing as variated shadings of red…

 

HINT: Now all of that said.. .I remembered after this piece dried…. that WATERCOLOR ALWAYS dries significantly lighter than it looks when its wet..so keep the in mind when you are working yours …..I had togo ahead and use it for my SCRIBBLED LIVES PIECE because I was on a deadline and no time to paint and then let dry another piece… but I hope to do that soon. STILL I’d try for the ombre effect.

I hope you faithful followers will hang in there I do have some ideas in my head just no time to put them on paper… so don’ t too disappointed if you don’t see a post every week…

I ALSO WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT GRACEFUL ENVELOPE submissions are due the end of March and the theme this year WEATHER… check the link for deails.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad….aka kath

KWERNER WATERCOLOR SNOWMAN

OK  Christmas will be back on the shelf for next year by the time you get this post… but before you just skip over it …ask yourself how many winter birthdays do you have … yeah I know I have a few… and this can work with YOU STAMPING OR WRITING HOW OLD …above the snowman and then inside …is SNOWBUDDY’S BUSINESS…happy birthday.. just a little humor as we all get older… or just plain HAPPY BIRTHDAY at top and inside wishing you a magical day… I could go on but I am hearing the groans… so you can also use this and start your next year’s Christmas cards…every year I swear that I am going to do just that but every year I don’t …. and in the end I find that after thanksgiving I am in a long downhill race to get it all done it time and this I goofed and didn’t print enough cards… trying to be frugal I guess… anyway I am going to use either this one or the next post which is also KWERNER’s AND its all about xmas trees….

kwerner designs youtube snowman in watercolor

I am finding that she is my go too on YOU TUBE….she has the simplest and easiest ideas for playing with watercolor…she just delights me… maybe because I have wanted to be able to watercolor paint for years ….bottom line in most cases you have to be able to draw and I just can’t draw…so her ideas appeal to me so much because they are simple and they inspire me to give it a try…. also most of my friends who will receive these cards don’t spend time on YOUTUBE. so they won’t see how wonderful hers might be compared to mine therefor mine will look good… anyway I’lll post it and let you see….

ALSO. my HINT:1 HERE IS that I will make one or two of these and then take them a color copy center and either print up 4 to a page and then cut them and glue them onto my cards… yes I know that means that none of them are originals however, when you are making 50 cards a year …who has time to make 50 originals… I may make 4 just to do the paste up and then use those 4 as originals for some special people… sorry that’s just the way it is…but no-one is complaining so far… lol

As I mentioned at the beginning if you can’t or don’t want to do lettering at top you can use either die cuts, stamps or even stickers …so that they show up you might want to adhere them to a piece of die cut and then glue it not the front of the card… and this is so cute It could be just like a postcard without opening and just a message on the back or just a personal note or just your signature…

HINT:2 because he has not hat you can also add a square with rounded corners and hatband out of black for laying on top of his head at an angle if it were me… or if you are using this for winter birthday…had a birthday triangle hat… to make it like a party hat…

ok that’s it for today there is still too much to do here so gotta run… have fun…always

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY. wire headed cyber toad…aka kath