It is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our talented Amanda is hosting a Watercolour Wonder Challenge. Here is what Amanda has to say:
'There is so much versatility in Watercolour, making it possible to create art that can be gentle, washy and light, or bold, full of colour with definite lines, and it comes in a variety of guises; pens, tubes, sticks, inks, markers. So for the challenge we would like your project to include some form of watercolouring or watercolour techniques and be in keeping with our favoured styles; vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk'
Amanda's challenge gave me a much needed push to get out my watercolour inks, my new watery wash stamps, Oxide inks and used lots of painty washes to create a colourful scene inside an inexpensive recessed frame.
The frame was painted with DecoArt Cobalt Teal Hue before adding a coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint.
Once the crackle was dry, a very watery wash of DecoArt Phthalo Blue, mixed with Titanium White was applied to the frame. Once dry, the frame was lightly sanded to give a more 'distressed' look. I later applied a little Quin Gold paint to add to the aged look.
The background was stamped using my Darkroom Door Watery Washes stamp set. Distress Oxide and Distress Ink were applied to my craft sheet and watered down slightly. The ink was picked up and applied to watercolour paper.
Some chippies (a gift from my lovely friend Sandy) were painted in hues of green and blue. The seahorse and starfish were hand drawn onto watercolour paper. I applied drawing gum where the 'spines' of the seahorse would be and then Ecoline inks were diluted with water and then applied the seahorse.
A view of the finished picture before I added it to the frame. I gave the seahorse a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint, it reacted with the inks as you can see, but I was happy with the result. Real sand and a few glass pebbles were added along with some clay elements.
While I had my inks out, I used the drawing gum to draw some freehand flowers and used the Tanzanite colour to watercolour them....
I was quite pleased with the way they turned out and I added a quote from our hugely talented DT member Alison's wonderful new stamp set, stamped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.
We hope you will join in Amanda's challenge at A Vintage Journey where our Sponsor for the month is Craft Obsessions who are offering a £20 voucher to spend in their wonderful on-line store!
Do please go over to visit A Vintage Journey, if you can, to see the amazing projects created by the Design Team. Thanks so much for your visit, I always appreciate your comments!
I was really pleased to see that Country View Crafts blog challenge is 'Blues and Greens' for August so I would like to enter their challenge with my sealife frame.
I would also like to join in That's Crafty challenge which is Anything But Cards, with my sealife frame.
Keep on Crafting!
Hugs, Anne xxx