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Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway


Altenew is collaborating with the amazing Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker to inspire crafters to find joy through coloring. Kathy is celebrating her 16th 30 Day Coloring Challenge until 5/7/2020. Please encourage your followers/blog visitors to participate in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge by coloring something and share it on social media using the hashtag #TheDailyMarker30Day. We hope they find “Me Time” and enjoy the benefits that coloring will give. 

I LOVE to color and Kathy Racoosin has been a huge influence for me. Her challenge #TheDailyMarker30Day is a fun way to get that 10 minutes of coloring a day in as well as supporting other colorists by LIKING/commenting/ Encouraging them as they share their colored projects on social media. I've participated in several years of the challenge and enjoyed being an Ambassador for Kathy and her 7th challenge. Coloring 10 minutes a day, has increased my skills and is a great stress reliever too!

Below you can see two projects I've been working on for today's post using the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set.

This first one is some messy watercoloring on the A Study in Watercolor Stamp & Die Bundle which I die cut onto Watercolor Paper Set (A2 loose sheets) and then lightly stamped with Sea Breeze crisp ink.

After allowing the flowers to dry, I created a cluster that looks like Hollyhocks on top of a Flowing Drops Stencil. and finished with a strip of Golden Strokes Washi tape and Sequins - Antique Gold.
Let me tell you a bit about this Background. It was created as Homework for Day 2 Demystifying Mixed Media at Altenew Academy When creative MOJO is low, the classes at the Academy are my first source of inspiration! I highly recommend looking into them :)


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Since there was so much color left on my palette from the above card, I tried painting a few free hand florals. this was the best I could come up with. Check out the hot mess below.
And now I am again reminded how blessed we are to have access to so many outline flower stamps at Altenew, because what I paint is no where near as realistic as what I was hopping for!
Good ol' splatters and color washes to make it look like I meant it to be that way :)))

Dancing Tulips among the Forget-Me-Nots
Sending Colorful Blessings your way.
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Thanks for stopping by!
Hoping that my cards inspire your next masterpiece!!
LauraJane:)
Giveaway Prizes:
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and Kathy from The Daily Maker is also giving away a goodie bag(worth $30) to 4 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 5/6/2020 for a chance to win.

****We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 5/9/2020.
Your next stop on the hop 
is to the lovely Vicky Papaioannou!


Blog Hop Order:
LauraJane <<YOU are here

Special Offers to celebrate the Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop:
5/1/2020-5/3/2020: 40% off the Wonderful Watercoloring Class Bundle from 5/1/2020 at 12:01 AM EDT until 5/3/2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Shop HERE. Not valid on previous purchases.

5/3/2020-5/4/2020: 20% off *All Alcohol Markers from 5/3/2020 at 12:01 AM ED until 5/4/2020 at 11:59 PM EDT.  Shop HERE>> Not valid on previous purchases. Excludes Artist Marker Refills.
 

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83 comments:

Sandi MacIver said...

how fun to watch your creative process of that first card coming together. Both are stunning

pamboe said...

Recently I have really been drawn to the maroon colors. I love your blue combinations.

Mo Ladd said...

These are both gorgeous - love your free-hand flower, maybe you should be designing florals for Altenew!!

KimK said...

I really like the impressionist look of you coloring! So pretty!!

Ms. Tamp said...

Good look at some loose coloring. Nice combination of stencil and washi tape.

Barbara said...

Love the colours and the inspiration.

SheriHartmanBlog said...

Stunning! Love the vibrant colors and creative design of both cards. Altenew's watercolor paints are wonderful.

Dana M said...

Gorgeous cards! Stunning watercoloring, I love the loose and fluid movement of color.

Tammy said...

What amazing colors! These are gorgeous!

stratton24 said...

I love your style and your cool colors. Will be trying this at home. Thank you!!!!!

Kraftsbyus4u said...

Beautiful colors lovely art work!

Krista D said...

I have just recently gotten into watercoloring. Very beautiful card!

Christine Kiehl said...

Beautiful Mayday flowers! I am loving the Iris so much!

Nandini said...

Wow! Gorgeous work! I really love the tulips.

gail said...

oh my, such talent!

Jody V said...

Beautiful colours and coloring. Thank you for sharing.

gardener said...

Love your mix of colors and splatter

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Pretty colors!

Catherine said...

Beautiful card and I love your freehand art too!

Annette Reed said...

I think your hand drawn flowers look great. I couldn't do that. Your card is lovely. Great coloring and painting!

Joanne Hoffmann said...

Creative inspiration GALORE!! I am water color challenged so the whole process intrigues me...I love what you did with the water color flowers on your card! So gorgeous! Your free hand print is absolutely stunning! I'm in awe!!

Teresa Krueger said...

The card and hand drawn piece are both beautiful! Love them!

Jade said...

I love your purple and blue cards! They are both gorgeous and the watercoloring is stunning.

britgirl58 said...

Don't sell yourself short, both cards are lovely! One just a little more loose in design. Thank you for sharing.

A Crafty Person said...

Gorgeous cards!! Both are masterpieces.

DorothyA said...

Beautiful and happy colors! Water coloring is awesome!

Anneleise Hampson said...

Love the color combinations you chose.

Rainbow J. said...

I think your card is lovely! I love the abstract flower almost as much as I do stamped outlines.

Karen said...

What fun! Love what you created.

Bunny said...

It's more like your masterpiece will inspire us. Beautiful watercoloring. [Bunny]

Carolyn said...

Your beautiful colors are so vibrant. These are really great water colors from Altenew.

MadeByMeghanK said...

I love the soft edges of all your flowers! Beautiful colors too!

Dana said...

Wow!!! Stunning watercoloring!!!

Becca Cruger said...

Fairly certain that gobsmacked is the right word to use here. Absolutely brilliantly beautiful.

Jean said...

LauraJane, I often times believe your art should be in a frame and you have proven me right as you put your picture in a frame. The colors are so gorgeous and make beautiful flowers and background. A designers delight. Thank you for sharing.

Teri S said...

Wow! I love the mixing of colours you did here! The wall art is gorgeous. :)

Bea said...

Beautiful card-love the colors!

linda m said...

LauraJane, looks like you were in your happy place having a whole lot of fun! Wow, what a stunning watercolor!

Michelle P said...

Such pretty cards! I don’t have a pan set, but I just got a marker set and am looking forward to the inspiration from this hop...and the class bundle!!! Perfect timing!

Kailash said...

Lovely watercoloring! Such pretty colors!

sharon g said...

The purples and greens look AMAZING> LOVE YOUR WORK

Cardogram said...

What an amazing watercoloring.. I have to admit I have goosebumps right now seeing the jaw dropping watercoloring.. I can't tell you how much I love this.. Thta I think I should practice it now.. And I have to get the water color pan set. 😊😊😊😊

Carol McCready said...

Your projects are so pretty. I love those colors.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card love the colors you did an amazing job tyfs

MiamiKel said...

I'm absolutely in awe of your watercoloring skill! This is just stunning! I love how much beauty you've created with the little pans - and these colors (as Kathy taught us in the 30 day) color pluck so well together! I could stare at your watercolor frame quite often - so inspiring. TFS!

Theresa Johnson said...

Your work is just gorgeous and the framed one is a just amazing. Love them both! Awesome job! :)

Kathy Raker said...

Both designs are beautiful! You are too hard on yourself.

Helen said...

Gorgeous rich watercolouring, Laura Jane! Love these cards! Stay safe! :)

Pamela said...

Stunning! Loving the background, great back drop for drop dead flowers. Loving the colors. Beautiful stamp and die set. Congrats on a beautiful hand drawn flowers, loving that you framed and have it hanging - true inspiration.

Subhashini said...

Love those flowers against the stenciled BG

Patty said...

Beautiful cards!! I especially love your second one!

Brebda said...

I love the color combination on your lovely card. Thank you for sharing them both.

Sandy M said...

I love your free hand painting even more than the first card. Both are beautiful and the second one looks amazing in a frame. It would look fantastic over my nightstand.

Lisa Byers said...

How bright and cheery!! I love the looseness and freestyle of the colors. Sometimes letting the colors get a little messy is the perfect way to create a beautiful card!!

Kimberly said...

Another impossibly beautiful card. I would love to see some pictures of this at different stages. So lovely -- thank you.

Plum Crazy Valerie said...

Bright vivid painterly colors, nice job

Michelle Patricia Anders said...

Love the colour combination you used.

Connie said...

Hi LauraJane :) I love your messy watercoloring cards!!! The color palettes, composition and embellishments are all great! Thanks for inspiring me :)

Nox said...

Gorgeous - I love that loose, flowing, artsy look of those florals and love the colours you chose!

Laurie2cats said...

Beautiful card! Messy watercolor is my favorite painting technique

No Formalities said...

You have a very interesting watercolour style. Thank you for sharing.

jcamp2020 said...

I would frame your messy watercolors any day! I was not sure where you were going with all the free standing flowers then I went back and read where you die cut them.. the fine print. Then you made your bouquet. Took a look at that stencil, and went and put it on my wish list. Thanks. Staying home, reading, crafting, blog hopping and staying safe. You all take care.

Barbara said...

These are both beautiful and I'm always interested to see what others watercolor. Sometimes, when watercoloring I end up with something I want to frame, but not as often as I would like. Lol! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

luv2scrap said...

Your work is beautiful. I love the flowers. I don't miss the lines.

Beth Merrill said...

Even your "hot mess" is beautiful! I am inspired to practice watercoloring so maybe someday I may create something as lovely as these cards!

Anonymous said...

Love that free form of yours! It actually works. The purple and blue colors are just right. Thank you LauraJane!, Denise

MBFairySky said...

What fantastic and fun watercoloring! Simply amazing!
Thanks for sharing with us and thanks for the chance to win a fabulous prize!

LoraLea1 said...

I love the dancing tulips... your first painting reminds me so much of the sweet pea colors we have growing all around my garden each year! Love those colors. Thank you for sharing and dont sell yourself short on the freehand watercoloring. You Rock!

LIZARD said...

Your water colored flowers look lovely loosely done. I enjoy the pinks and purples! And the class inspired background looks greatas a compliment to your fleurs! Cheers!

Larissa Heskett said...

SWOON!! Such a BEAUTIFUL Card and Painting Laura Jane!! I LOVE the Colors and the loose watercoloring technique!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

Karthikha said...

Ooh super colorful and beautiful work!! Love your choice of colors and coloring! <3

Cyndi said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. I haven't tried the "messy" watercolor technique, but you've inspired me -- I'm definitely giving it a try!

Luanne said...

Just fabulous! I love how free your flowers are, just awesome!

Laura said...

O, Laura Jane! Why would you ever want realistic when you can have this wonderful free hand watercolor?!?!? I love these colors and the edge of the water leaves a natural "outline." The softer shadow type images only add to the beauty of your creation. the tiny blue flowers are a little more crisp and draw my eye by contrast. The greenery has lovely shading in the exact right color of green so as to not overpower the flowers-- a great balance. Personally, I prefer your freehand piece to the stamped one. Thanks so much for showing both of these lovely creations.

Annette Gordon said...

I love how abstract and lose the water colour is. Beautiful!

Lindsey NY said...

I liked your impressionist painting more than the stamped one!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! Love your beautiful color combos for these lovely flowers!

Anushree Vaish said...

Beautiful coloring!!

Huggerme said...

You have certainly blessed us with this lovely card!

Amber Bissonnette said...

I am loving both cards!!! You are so talented. Love the green background on the first card!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are both so beautiful! I’m always in awe of your work!

Tina Z. said...

wow, so beautiful!

Danyelle Dillon said...

Gorgeous cardI Wow so beautiful. I wish I was this good!