Watercolor or color pencil? Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Hydrangea looks fantastic dressed in both. So grab your fave and let’s color it!
The color changing properties of hydrangea fascinated me as a child. I was always shoving nails in the dirt to elicit that magical color shift. Just me, or did you do this too?
Encouraging and cheerful sentiments abound in the Paint-a-Flower: Hydrangea Stamp Set.
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Card Making Video | Color It Two Ways
Learn to color Paint-a-Flower: Hydrangea two ways in this card making video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there, I’d love it if you liked and subscribed.
Watercolor Paint-a-Flower: Hydrangea
The Altenew Artist’s Watercolor 24 Pan Set is so vibrant that I couldn’t resist using it to create these lovely two-toned blooms. Recreate this color palette with, Clear Waters, Cherry Blossom, and Green Hills.
Stamp the image with Limeade Crisp Dye Ink to create a no-line watercolor effect. Create petal edges by allowing each petal to completely dry before painting an adjacent petal.
The arrangement looked a little lonely so I framed it with a piece of turquoise cardstock cut with two rounded rectangle dies. Altenew Tide Blue Crisp Dye Ink for the sentiment coordinates perfectly.
Finish the flower centers with Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops and I splatter the panel with Clear Waters watercolor. It’s funny how those small dots of black make the flowers pop off the page.
Color Pencil Hydrangea
As you can see, I put the positive turquoise die-cut to use in this color pencil card. If you’re going to color on dark cardstock, color pencils are an easy choice.
When you use color pencils it’s important to use a light hand and cardstock with slight texture. Although smooth, colored cardstock typically has a slight tooth to it.
A light hand will prevent the pencils from smashing the tooth which diminishes the ability to add more color.
Let’s look at the shadows. Small touches of black pencil make your projects pop. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what are small touches and how do I know when to stop?
Here’s the thing, you don’t want to outline your images. Otherwise, you may as well stamp your image in black vs. doing no-line coloring. So one or two flicks at the petal’s base, creases of petals and leaves, and anywhere elements overlap is enough.
This week I challenge you to add touches of black to your cards. Now if you’re creating a card with warm colors, perhaps a rich dark brown is more apt for your color scheme.
I love to see and share what you’re creating so tag me @notableink and your project may be featured in my Instagram stories.
Feeling adventurous? Check out my Design with Black category for inspiration to add more than small touches of black to your handmade cards.
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To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog 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 THIS POST on 04/30/2020.
Hop on over to Nathalie DeSousa’s blog for more Paint-a-Flower: Hydrangea inspiration. Missed a stop? Check out the full list below.
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