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LOOSE WATERCOLORING | Altenew Celebrating Watercolors Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Lovelies!

Recently, I had a NO CREATIVE MOJO kind of day. Which was a pretty big problem as there was a basket full of new products in front of me that needed to be crafted with because the sample DUE-date was fast approaching!  EEEEK!! 
After a few deep breathes, and thoughts of CALM BLUE OCEAN, I remembered a video from Dawn that had sparked my interest...yet I hadn't taken the time to play along. So I grabbed the Watercolor 36 Pan SetWatercolor Paper, and Artists' Watercolor Brushes. Chose a stamp set from a previous release and sat down for a bit of a WATERcolor-along session with Dawn. 
Relaxation ensued and to my surprise, what looked like a HOT MESS in the beginning ended up being looking like something that I wouldn't be too embarrassed to share.
Don't get me wrong, all three pieces have a wild flower, messy look about them. But that sort of style is quite to my liking :)

The process is simple: Lightly stamp a floral cluster onto watercolor paper, and use the composition of the stamped image to color in the loose blooms and leaves. Dry tie is not needed because part of the beauty of the technique is the colors running together. One of my biggest problems in using this technique is not making muddy brown with poor color choices. So I stuck with suggestions from the video.

Here's a closer look at each piece and the end results in card form. 

1st attempt:
Gloppy,  I followed too closely to the shapes of the stamped images
So I re-stamped the image once it was dry with Obsidian Pigment Ink
Next I added some doodling with the Fine Liner Pen Set and dropped a bit of deeper watercolor in the parts of shadow. Added splatter and white detail with a White Gel Pen.


2nd attempt:
A bit more freestyle,  I added a second large bloom free-hand

Trimmed it down to a slim-line and added a pop of bright color with the COTTON CANDY Watercolor Brush Marker


3rd attempt:
My favorite because of the airy bits of white space left in the blooms and leaves.
Again, I dropped a bit more color in areas to create depth and added deatails with the smallest deatail brush.
Kept it simple by scoring a frame at the edges using the Crafter's Essential Scoring Board.


After completing these cards, I decided that this LOOSE watercoloring technique needs to be visited more often! It was relaxing, satisfying, plus, it did spark my crafty MOJO for other assignments. Thank you DAWN for pulling me out of a slump.

I'm Joining a SUPER FUN BLOG HOP with several ladies focusing on WATERCOLOR SETS from ALTENEW :)

Your NEXT STOP is Hussena Calcuttawala

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this special blog hop, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 08/05/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/09/2022.


Blog Hop Order

Altenew Card Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Kelly Taylor

Therese Calvird

Amber Rain Davis


Virginia Lu

Tina Smith

Ishani Sai

Isha Gupta

Tenia Nelson

Joylita Dsouza

Karen Brown

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

< YOU are here

Hussena Calcuttawala

Nenette Madero

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Thanks for stopping by :)


Laura said...

Gorgeous!! I'll be checking out the videos which inspired you and kept you calmly creative and not stressed. I love the colors and all the stages of your cards-- you could have stopped at any time and had a lovely project! Thank you.

Debbie Carriere said...

All so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

gail said...

thank you for walking us through the 3 attempts - helps us realize y'all don't get it right the first time either, but learn and grow

Angela Hall said...

WOW, amazing

Unknown said...

I love the softer color tones you choose to use , this is absolutely beautiful . Thank you for sharing it with us today 🙂

Verna Angerhofer said...

Gorgeous card designs! I am going to try the loose watercolor now!

Kimberly said...

Well dang! I wouldn't be embarrassed to share any of those. Just wonderful!

Tammy Hanson said...

Wow! They seriously all look amazing to me. Love, love, love them!

Talitha said...

A great collection. All of them are well done, even if each one didn't turn out exactly how you wanted. They are all beautiful to me!

MadeByMeghanK said...

Just stunning! I LOVE your watercoloring! Gorgeous flowers!

Kathy Raker said...

Gorgeous cards! I would not have thought you lost your mojo. Thanks for sharing your talent. I will check out the video that inspired you as well.

vickie said...

Your cards and color choices are always breath taking! Fantastic work.

Sue D said...

So pretty with the loose watercoloring.

Darnell said...

These are really pretty, Laura! It was so enjoyable following your process and thank you for the link to Dawn's video. I love the loose arty feel you achieved and go you for doing such excellent freehand work!! Hugs, Darnell

Twana said...

I love your cards. They are all so beautiful, the loose watercoloring is just stunning. Thank you for sharing these with everyone.

Wanda R. said...

OMG - these are beautiful. This is the exact loose watercolor floral look I want to learn. Thanks for sharing your process.

Jodi C. said...

Wow, these are gorgeous!! I love loose watercolor florals. Thanks for the inspiration❤️ said...

I absolutely love this!!! Please make a video!!! Thank you!!!������

sharon g said...

These are so pretty and artistic. I love the watercolor look that is so artsy...

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: SO beautiful.

Nandini said...

Wow! Amazing work!!

auntsherer (Sheri W) said...

Very pretty cards! Also, it’s nice to know that even very talented makers like yourself have days of no creative mojo.

Liz O. said...

Lovely inspiration, thanks for sharing!

Giuliana R said...

Holy cow these are gorgeous! You've got true talent!

Genie said...

I hope my mojo would make me do something like this.

Renee V said...

Wow these are amazing! Your fave is also my favorite one because of those white bits of paper giving highlights! Dawn is so talented and fun to watch!

Lynn Chan said...

Love how you showed the attempts!! Makes me as a newbie feel better! I tend to give up when I see the mess and get frustrated! But seeing how you turned it around and make it a masterpiece! Gives me more confidence not to discard my messes immediately! Thanks!

Creatively Lisa said...

Your watercolored cards are amazing. Great job.

Laurie2cats said...

These are all so pretty! My favorite is the first one with the black outline and added white details.

Brandi said...

So pretty!! Your creative MOJO bloomed!

TheresaA said...

Your cards are GORGEOUS! Even the first attempt that you labeled "gloppy"! LOVE IT!! Thanks for sharing:)

Donna Walls said...

Both gorgeous card; you are so talented. I drawn to the 1st design with the black outline. TFS!

MaryH said...

Holy Moly I would be the happiest person if I could even do "gloppy". These are beyond gorgeous! Thanks for the link to watch.

Carol McCready said...

Beautiful cards! Love the colors.

DorothyA said...

Your watercoloring is gorgeous! Love all the cards!

Anonymous said...

Such gorgeous cards!!! I'm inspired to try your techniques.