Watercoloured Floral Border


Hi this is Debby and today and today I’ll
be sharing this watercoloured flower border using the Centre Cut Flowers set that I created
for my Doodling With Debby Series for Simon Says Stamp.
The Center Cut Flowers stamp as two elements, a frame and a center piece and they can be
stamped together or separately. I’ll be using just the centre piece today to stamp and watercolour
a border along the bottom of a piece of Arches Cold Pressed watercolour card, but before
we get to stamping the border I want to give the watercolour card a wash of colour first.
I often paint my backgrounds after stamping and colouring the focal points but this stamp
has lots of detail going on and the gaps between the flowers is quite small. To get a cohesive
background I thought it best to do the background first and then paint over the top. So having given the watercolour card a warm
wash of yellows and pinky peaches, I placed the card in the Misti and lined up the floral
image in the bottom corner. I’ll be painting the flowers in a no-line style and so I chose
to ink the stamp in Antique Linen Distress ink, this pale ink will give a guide to paint
while it’s water reactive properties mean that it will fade into the painting. Having stamped the image once on the bottom
right I moved the card and lined up the stamp again but this time in the bottom left. I
tried to nestle the image into the first impression so that there were minimal gaps between the
two. I think one leaf overlaps but that is OK as the ink reacts with water I can chose
which part of the overlapping images to paint and you’ll not know they ever overlapped afterwards. I again taped the watercolour card to a board,
I did this when painting the background too and the reason for it is to prevent the card
warping when using a lot of water. I certainly needed it when I painted the background as
I liberally applied water then but possibly less so when painting the flowers as much
less water was involved. OK, so for the background and painting the
focal point flowers I used Daniel Smith watercolours. For the background wash I mainly Quinacridone
Gold and Quinacridone Coral. For the leaves I used in the main Undersea Green, Jadeite
Green and a little Lunar Black to deepen the mix for the shadows. For the flowers I used
Quinacridone Coral, Pyrrol Scarlet and Alizarin Crimson. The benefit of having the warmth
of the Quinacridone Gold as the background wash is that anything you paint over the top
will pick up that warmth and glow. It is one of the reasons I chose to paint the flowers
in similar colours to the background to get that warm tone on tone look. Now I have to say that for a long time I wasn’t
impressed with where this painting was going. It was a bit of a mess at times to be honest
and that is why I think there is a lesson in perseverance to be learnt. Because quite
often watercolour paintings look pretty rubbish before they start to improve and by sticking
with them and working at it then the end results is so worth it. This painting may not be my
most favourite ever, but I certainly love how it came together in the end. So while I continue to paint, let’s chat about
the process I used. With the background wash lending it’s warm glow to everything, I painted
a base layer first moving around the image so that I wasn’t painting two areas next to
each other until they were dry. This prevents the colours mixing and blending and can help
to separate the two areas. So for example, if I painted two petals next to each other
at the same time, the paint would likely pool and gather as one puddle with the colours
mixing together and you’d loose the definitiion where one petal ended and the next started.
However, if one petal is dry when painting the petal next to it then the paint won’t
spread over to the dry area and each petal will be more defined. Having got a base layer down I simply went
back in with more layers deeper in colour, keeping these deeper areas to where shadows
would naturally occur – at the base of petals or where they overlap or butt up against one
another – those would naturally be where you would find shadows and so that’s where I kept
the deepest shades. To finish the flower centers I added black
dots and a few ficks radiating out from the center with more dots on the end to represent
flower anthers. I speeded up the drying process for this part with a preheated heat tool and
then added dots of white gouache on top. Gouache is an opaque watercolour and you get lovely
bright white highlights with it. I like to add the impression of more flowers
and leaves in the distance to fill out the area more. To do this I used the same colours
I had been for the flowers and leaves but diluted them down with more water. Things
in the distance are paler and so painting these leaves and flowers with the diluted
mixtures will automatically make them appear as if they are further away. For the leaves,
I used the shape of the brush to pull a few leaf-like shapes. Starting with a light pressure,
then increasing the pressure slightly to get the width of the leaf and then lifting again
to trail off to the leaf tip. I also added some vague flower shapes too. The great thing
about painting like this is that the shapes don’t need to be precise, the impression of
a flower is interpreted by the eye and so a faint pink blob really does read as a flower
in the distance in this context. I finished off the painting with a liberal
splatter of Perfect Pearls solution and some of the left over paint. To give more definition to the petals and
leaves I used Faber Castell pencils to deepen the shadows and define the shapes more. For the sentiment, I used the So Loved set
which has some gorgeous sentiments. Now the safest thing to do with a finished painting
would have been to stamp the sentiment on a separate piece and add it to the card in
some way. However, I really wanted the sentiment stamped above the floral border and so I took
a gamble and went for it. To give myself the best chance for clean,
crisp embossing on this textured watercolour card firstly treated the card with an anti-static
powder bag to help prevent embossing powder randomly sticking everywhere. Then I stamped
the sentiment several times in clear embossing ink to ensure a good impression. I then sprinkled
with Antique Gold embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp and heat set. And actually, considering
I was stamping on a textured surface, I was pleased with how this came out. I trimmed the watercoloured panel down to
be just slightly smaller than an A2 card base, added foam adhesive to the back and then adhered
it to a card base cut and scored from Simon Says Stamp Ivory card. This is my favourite
card as I think it is the closest colour match to the slightly creamy colour of the watercolour
card. To finish the card I added a sprinkling of
sequins and pearls from Little Things By Lucy’s cards snuggled in amongst the flowers and
help in place with Gina K connect glue. and that completes this watercoloured floral
border card which shows a little persistence is worth it when things don’t look great in
the early stages of watercolouring. I’ll leave links in the YouTube description below to
the products that I’ve used today as well as a link to the co-ordinating blog post over
at Limedoodledesign.com. I want to thank you for joining me today and if you’ve enjoyed
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