Watercoloring Tips with Hello Gorgeous

by Rubeena

ACS 2105Hello, Altenew friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Today, I would like to share some watercoloring tips using the newly released Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set with the coordinating dies and the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set.

Hello Gorgeous is a must-have set that includes two floral images that are perfect for practicing your coloring with any medium. I chose to use watercolors because I have been working on improving my skills as a watercolor artist. I love the colors that Altenew released in their watercolor pan set.

ACS 2106I started by stamping the images on watercolor paper using my MISTI and dark gray ink. When I first got into watercoloring, I had no real patience for it. I wouldn't wait for layers to dry, which led to a “messy watercolor” look. Although I grew fond of that look, I decided I wanted to learn detail work. I know I have a long way to go, but I have been proud of my progress so far.

One tip is to start with very diluted layers. I use the blank palette side of the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set to water down my paints. It's best to start light and then be able to add more pigment over time. As I allow each layer to dry, I try to pay attention to where petals fold so I can add some darker shades there. To achieve a really dark shade, I mix my base color with Jet Black Ink.

ACS 2107For laying down my layers, I use a size 2 or 4 round brush, depending on how large the image is. For detail work, I use a size 0 round brush. To add highlights and to “color” the stamens, I diluted white gouache with a little bit of water. Gouache is a water-based medium that mimics watercolor but has high opacity so it can sit on top of underlying layers.

ACS 2108I like to add some color to the base of my card so I did a watercolor wash using the greens from the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set and added some black paint splatters once the wash dried. If you don't wait for it to dry, the black dots will blend out into the wet layer. The sentiment is from the Best Dad Stamp Set. I love when sentiments are versatile enough to use with different projects. I cut apart one of the colored images and arranged them behind the purple calla lily instead of using two of the same exact arrangements. You can also just mask the images to create one unique floral cluster. I finished off the florals with some white paint splatters.

ACS 2109I hope that you will incorporate some of these tips next time you watercolor. Be sure to tag us on social media (using the hashtag #Altenew) when you do. Thanks again for visiting and for leaving me some love!

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Shelly August 18, 2018 - 09:52

Stunning card, Ruby! Thanks for sharing some tips, too! :)

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Rubeena August 19, 2018 - 09:46

Thank you, Shelly!

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Helen August 18, 2018 - 10:16

This card is just so lovely. Like how you layered the die cut flowers. tfs

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Rosa M. Vasquez August 18, 2018 - 10:58

Lovely card! Thank you for all the tips. I will try them all.

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Lori Roberson August 18, 2018 - 11:31

Beautiful card!! Love the colors. Thank you for sharing and for the tips. : )

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Carol Rossouw August 18, 2018 - 11:34

Absolutely gorgeous ?

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barbara lassiter August 18, 2018 - 11:41

Beautiful card. I love the bright colors in the Altenew watercolor set and that they don’t fade back as much as some others. Watercolors seem to be very much in the crafting news these days and I love that.

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Diana O August 18, 2018 - 12:05

So beautiful, love the colors and layout. Thank you for sharing!

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Danielle Flynn August 18, 2018 - 12:25

Wow!! This is stunning!!! I love the colors and her watercoloring is beautiful!!! And all the extra detail is amazing! I love this stamp! I need to add it to my ever growing altenew collection! I’m so happy I ordered these new watercolors! Can’t wait to try them out! Great job Rubeena!

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Anne Sturgeon August 18, 2018 - 12:44

This is one gorgeous card. Your practice is really paying off. I love how vivid the colors are in the pan set. Your tips are great and I agree patience is really a necessity. Nicely done.

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Tara Prince August 18, 2018 - 12:46

So very pretty!!

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Teresa Doyle August 18, 2018 - 12:57

WOW Ruby, your water colouring is amazing. What a gorgeous card. ♥

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maureenchandler August 18, 2018 - 13:07

Lovely card – thanks so much for sharing!! My new watercolors just came and I haven’t tried them out yet but I’m looking forward to using your tips!!

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Jeannie Hartenfels August 18, 2018 - 13:34

Gorgeous watercoloring. So beautiful.

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Mindy1414 August 18, 2018 - 14:39

Thanks for sharing. Tips on watercoloring are always helpful and your card is beautiful.

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Joan August 18, 2018 - 15:23

Oh so lovely card! Thank you.

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Maureen Reiss August 18, 2018 - 15:56

Wow!! Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

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Jeannie Hartenfels August 18, 2018 - 21:06

Gorgeous card. Beautiful work.

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Susan Kaiser August 18, 2018 - 23:24

This is gorgeous! You are inspiring me to try watercoloring. I, too, am impatient, so have not tried this yet.

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Karthikha Uday August 19, 2018 - 00:08

What an awesome coloring!!

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Lou Wittmer August 19, 2018 - 06:16

Lovely card! Thanks for the watercolor tips.

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Cindie McDuffee August 19, 2018 - 09:15

i just keep staring at your card. So, so striking and beautiful. Thanks for sharing what brush sizes you use. That is quite helpful to me as a beginner

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Lenice W August 20, 2018 - 15:51

Beautiful! And I absolutely adore the color palette! Well done!

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June F August 21, 2018 - 12:57

Beautiful design and colouring. Thank you for the helpful tips too!

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Denise M Freeman August 25, 2018 - 00:44

Wow, your water coloring is awesome, such a beautiful card. You have honed your skills well. I love this stamp – Altenew keeps outdoing itself.

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