Lately, I have been having so much fun learning how to loose watercolor. If you aren’t familiar with that term, think of it more like an abstract image. You don’t define your subject with lines or drawings or sketches. You create the illusion or silhouette of the subject. For me, I love nature… so flowers, trees and clouds are my favorite. And because I don’t have to have a drawing background, I can loosely paint without any worries.
I’ve always wanted to be an artist even when I was very little. I started out drawing my own comic books and writing poetry. However, my mom wasn’t fascinated with the idea and so I took a different avenue in my career. But, the urge to create never left me and I’m so happy that there’s so many talented painters on YT who are more than willing to share and teach us to paint. One amazing lady I’ve been following is CreationsCeeCee. She doodles her watercolor paintings which is so fun to watch and because of her technique for loose watercoloring, I’ve been able to follow along and turn some of my own artwork into cards.
I’ve included one of her videos on painting loose flowers below. In case it doesn’t play, watch it on YT here.
If you’re interested in following CeeCee’s YT channel, check it out here.
For the cards above, I used Arteza Real Brush Pens and the water brush that comes in the set, a white gel pen and put some paint splatters down for the three flowers. The card with the red cluster of flowers I added red enamel dots. The 3rd card, I added clear enamel dots to finish it off. I also added some doodling with my Artist pen.
I played around with painting loose trees using my Simply Art watercolor set and different shades of green and even added a golden yellow for the Thank you card above. For the landscape on the three trees, I mixed in a little black paint and added splatters.
These next two cards, I decided to go with a larger piece to make a 5 x 7 card. I painted the flower clusters and even doodled on the “Thank you my friend” card. Again, I used my watercolor Simply Art set and doodled again with my Artist Pen. I also made my card bases from 12 x 12 patterned paper and topped with some clear enamel dots. I stamped the sentiment before I added the dots!
I even painted some more trees and die cut them to make heart-shaped cards! I stamped “Hugs” on both the envelopes.
I plan to continue learning and practicing. I created my small art journal to play in as I learn new techniques. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to just paint without being concerned about perfection. It’s just to have fun and be free!
Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim
List of Supplies Used:
- Simply Art 36-Watercolor set – https://amzn.to/2QLVKo3
- Simon Says Stamp “Bold Thanks” die – https://bit.ly/3aVMXsX
- Artistico Extra White Watercolor Paper – https://amzn.to/2GvXGg1
- Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad – https://amzn.to/314fPec
- Arteza Real Brush Pens (24-set) – https://amzn.to/315BAKu
- Zig Clean Color Markers (60-set) – https://amzn.to/2t7Mkvq
- The Stamping Village Mail Order Stamp set (used on the envelopes) – https://bit.ly/2O9Ru18
- CZ Design “Reverse Love” Sentiment Strips – https://bit.ly/2QlFETn
- Taylored Expressions Sentiment Strips Set – https://bit.ly/36Fu0Yc
- Spellbinders “Thanks a bunch” stamp set – http://shrsl.com/23794
- Spellbinders “Life is Lovely” card kit of the month (the “Amazing” black sentiment sticker came from this kit) – http://shrsl.com/23790
- Welcome to Joyful Home 4-piece sentiment stamp sets – https://amzn.to/3aRuEFq
- Thank you stamp set (used on card 4th from the top) came with my Sizzix Sidekick – https://amzn.to/2u0ZmeI
- Simon Says Stamp “Thankful Flowers” stamp set – https://bit.ly/2Gy5r4O
- MaGuo Sentiment Stamp Sets – https://amzn.to/2RE01M6
- 4.7 x 4.7″ Heart Dies (not available but any heart die that’s large enough for an A2 size card will work)
- Ngwall Paint Brush Set Round (set of 12 watercolor brushes) – https://amzn.to/2S6IKue
- Ngwall Paint Brush Set Flat (set of 12 watercolor brushes – https://amzn.to/2t9mzuR
- Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Cardstock – https://amzn.to/2yxWEfs
- Neenah 110 lb. Pastel Assorted Cardstock – https://amzn.to/2S6LTu2
- DCWV Watercolor Ombre 12 x 12 paper pack – https://amzn.to/38HNRaO
- Misti Stamping Tool – https://amzn.to/2ZvDQcD
- Teflon bone folder – https://amzn.to/2VcfC8
- Martha Stewart Scoring Board (not available on Amazon) – EK Tools has a similar one – https://amzn.to/2jJeEj8
- White Fun Foam – https://bit.ly/2tRU4lS
- Nuvo Deluxe Clear Glue – https://amzn.to/2RANwkv
- Scotch double-sided foam tape – https://amzn.to/2NRlIXv
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer – Simon Says Stamp – https://bit.ly/2Jb0L7V
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat – https://amzn.to/2lawwDO
- Assorted Envelopes – https://amzn.to/2S3Z6Up
- 5 x 7 Euro Flap assorted envelopes – (the set I bought is no longer available on Amazon but any envelope that measures 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ will work)
- Faber-Castell Artist Pen – https://amzn.to/2RWresm
- Uniball white gel pen – https://amzn.to/36ylRow
- Bic Wite-out Pens – https://amzn.to/2GBCGVa
- Distress Paint (“Picket Fence”) – https://amzn.to/36zV3UR
- Honeybee Stamps Clear Enamel Dots – https://bit.ly/3916y9J
- Fun Stampers Journey Water-based Silks (Black Licorice, Silver and Sparkle Silk)
- Super Value Pack Assorted Colored Cardstock 4″ x 4″ (perfect for stamping) – https://amzn.to/2U9qoLM