Hi there! Erum here with an artsy floral card featuring the Build-A-Flower: Coneflower Layering Stamp Set. We will be doing loose watercolor today.

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Stamping and Underpainting

Start by stamping images on A2 Watercolor Cardstock in Obsidian Pigment Ink. Stamp the images from the Build-A-Flower: Coneflower Layering Stamp Set in a way that they snuggly fit around each other without having to mask the previously stamped floral. Use the heat tool to dry the ink so that it doesn't smear. Next, apply a light color wash of green from the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set where the leaves are and also at the bottom portion of the panel. This color wash will cover the panel – you do not need to worry about staying within the lines. We actually want to apply color to the entire panel.

Then apply a bit of yellow where the flower centers are and in some other areas as well to balance the panel. After this, add a light color wash of pink where the flowers are. Similarly, add pink to other parts to balance the color. Once the color wash is done, you can add splatters of various sizes onto the panel. As it's still wet, some will diffuse and others will be more prominent. You can change the concentration of the paint you use for the splatters for additional effect.

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Adding Details

Next, add a deeper concentration of color onto the leaves and flowers. You will have to apply this in layers. So when one layer dries, you can add a more concentrated layer. By doing this, the image will stand out against the colorful background. Watch the video on how I do this. It's actually very random – you can do what you like and how you prefer the look of the florals to be.

Once I have my first layer of color on the images, I will add splatters of white chalk paint. Now, this is something that you can skip completely. I did this because I wanted the white splatters to show through my watercolor. Once the splatters were dry, I went back in to add more color layers to the image. The white splatters would still show through. In some places, they will be a bit muted depending on the concentration of white pigment you used. I varied mine by first using a high concentration (more pigment, less water) and then applying a very diluted white chalk paint.

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After I am done adding my last layer of color to the flowers, I will add more color splatters. These will be of all the three colors used on the panel. Again, try to add these of different concentrations. It does make a lot of difference and enhances the look.

Now dry the panel and add black paint splatters. Once dry, stamp the sentiment from Fancy Greetings Stamp Set. I gave the sentiment a white shadow with the help of a white gel pen. This will help the sentiment stand out as it has been stamped over the image and is on the darker side of the panel.

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I will then cut the panel a 1/4″ and mount it on a cream-colored card base.


You can watch the video below or on YouTube. This is a fairly easier version of underpainting and loose watercolor. If you like it, I will cover easier versions of this technique before jumping to the more complex ones. I usually color my background after coloring the images as that is easier to follow, but if you color your images after underpainting, it becomes easier to get a finished look.

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barbara lassiter June 21, 2021 - 10:42 AM

This is beautiful! Love these watercolor techniques and will try them out in my Altenew watercolor book.

Kathryn Gagne June 21, 2021 - 1:07 PM

Oh my goodness, I just really really love this card. The pink, yellow and green really are very pretty and so special. Thanks for your inspiration.

craftychic71 June 21, 2021 - 1:12 PM

Love the videos by Erum as I always learn a technique to add to watercoloring.

Maria Giselle B. June 21, 2021 - 7:46 PM

Love the outcome! I would like to try this underpainting technique. Thank you for sharing!

Karen F. June 21, 2021 - 7:58 PM

This is a fabulous water coloring technique! I love how your coneflower card turned out. You are so talented and I’m so grateful that you share your talents with us!

Nancy Probst June 21, 2021 - 9:12 PM

That is a stunning card!

Karen S Day June 26, 2021 - 11:55 AM

Erum, that was amazing! Thanks for the tutorial :o)

Ann Reisinger July 4, 2021 - 5:31 PM

I love this video and your painting!! I would definitely love to see more of them!


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