Hello! Erum here with a new watercolor project and video for the Creative Coloring with Erum video series. My card today features the Build-A-Garden: Grand Carnations Stamp Set.

watercolor carnations

  1. On an A2 Watercolor Cardstock, stamp images from the Build-A-Garden: Grand Carnations stamp in Obsidian Pigment Ink.
  2. Use the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set to color the images. For my flowers and leaves, I mixed different watercolors to create unique shades.
  3. For the flowers, I added blues plus a touch of yellow to the Cherry Blossom watercolor. And for the leaves, I mixed Green Hills with Red Cosmos watercolor and a little bit of Cool Summer Night watercolor.
  4. Make sure to add darker pigment to the nooks to create a sense of shadows, and keep the tips lighter to show highlights. The contrast between these two is what will make the image pop and create faux dimension.
  5. Add a hint of pink (the color of the flower) to the leaves as well to create interest.
  6. For the background, I mixed a bit of Cherry Blossom watercolor with the Rock Collection watercolor. Then, I applied a light concentration of this.
  7. To hide the ink smears, I added a darker concentration of this in some areas. Make sure to dab your brush while doing this to create a textured background.
  8. To add interest, drop in the pink watercolor in some areas.
  9. Once done, dry the panel completely, then add fine black watercolor splatters.

watercolor carnations

Video: One-Layer Watercolor Carnations Card

I hope you enjoyed this watercolor tutorial. Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Traci Maia Starkweather February 7, 2023 - 12:13 AM

Erum, this is amazing! My husband even watched! I love how you took that little smudge and made it work for you! I REALLY want to learn how to watercolor. This is exceptionally beautiful!

Altenew February 9, 2023 - 2:54 PM

As they say, practice makes perfect! We can help you through it!

Connie Griffin March 6, 2023 - 9:23 AM

Gorgeous coloring, I like how you fixed the ink boo boo :)


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