Friday, February 23, 2018

Honeybee No Line Watercolor - I Finished It!

If you joined me this weekend in New Braunfels for Kathy's coloring event, you saw me working on today's card as an instructional tool. I stole Kathy's adorable stamp set from Honey Bee (don't worry - I mailed it back to her :) ), because the images were the ideal size and style for no-line watercolor. I got about 90% done with it, and then brought it home to finish, along with the purloined stamp set still in my mini MISTI so that I could overstamp the girl's face and the kitty's face. I thought about stamping those in black, but I thought it was too harsh, so I used my fadeout ink to stamp several times after it was all painted for a softer look that matched the no-line style.

When I travel, I can't bring all my watercolors with me, because I don't own a burro or a sherpa that can carry all my stuff, so I have to just pick one of my palettes and make the best of it. What's funny is that Kathy was teaching people to do the same with markers. She has a little fabric basket that she uses and she says she "color plucks" from her Copic collection for travel - filling the basket deliberately with colors she doesn't always reach for as a challenge to herself. So we both do the same thing, and I've found that the things I create with a random watercolor palette not chosen for my image become my favorites. So I chose the C & D splits from my Daniel Smith watercolor split group for the weekend, and today's card uses just a few colors from those splits.

Colors used: Phthalo Blue Green Shade, Anthraquinoid Scarlet, Jane's Grey*, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Pink, Burnt Sienna Light, Raw Sienna Light, Quinacridone Purple, Undersea Green, Sepia Aussie Red Gold.

No-Line watercolor with Honey Bee Stamps and Daniel Smith
*Jane's Grey is a custom mix of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. You can buy pre-mixed Payne's Grey, but often it isn't as interesting a color as a custom mix. You can see Jane's book in the supply list below.
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
Hey, Pumpkin | 4x8 Stamp Set - Honey...
[ HNB | SSS | ELH ]
Hey, Pumpkin | Honey Cuts | Steel...
[ HNB | SSS | ELH ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors -...
[ BLIC ]
DaVinci Vinci Cosmotop Spin Brush,...
[ ELH | BLIC ]
Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press...
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Bar Magnet
[ MSW | ELH | SSS | MFT ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | ART | SBC | CST ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World...
[ BLR ]

Sometimes it's fun to let a painting sit a while without finishing it - it helps you see what you've forgotten or made a mistake on.

Here's a video of how I finished this card, with a few of the tips I gave people at the coloring event this weekend on how to get the most from watercolor.

Hope you have a great weekend!



  1. In my heart I think I am still a little dark haired girl who could sit on a pumpkin. This is as sweet as can be and so beautifully painted!

  2. Loved watching you work on this last weekend!! So glad to see it finished. It's really beautiful! So appreciate all the tips you gave & hope we meet again some day! Hugs! :)

  3. Well, that's it. I'm off to buy some good watercolor paper then. I was always reluctant to "waste" the good stuff because I'm a beginner. But then you're right - color does not move like I see it move in videos on my cheap stuff. And plus, who doesn't want to save the world?!


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