Good morning all you lovely peeps. It's the 1st of April, and I'm excited as I know it won't be long before I can spend endless days potting in my garden, which brings to this months theme on the Country View Crafts challenge blog, chosen for us by the very talented Sue. The theme its self is the birds and the bees.
Before I get to my inspiration post I thought I would mention that it is important to actually follow the theme, or you entry will not be counted in the draw, as that is unfair to all those that do follow it closely. To help, I've put together a couple of questions you can ask yourself before entering your make into the competition, yes it is a competition and as much as we might not like rules there are some, so here goes:
What does the theme actually ask for? For example, This month Sue says," Please bear in mind that birds and/or bees must be the main focus of your piece, if we have to go looking for it, it doesn't count!"
How does my plan fit that brief?
I hope that helps, as we hate to see your hard work go to waste because it doesn't meet the brief. don't for get there's £20 to win to spend in the very stocked store so good luck.
Okay so now onto my inspiration, which is a watercolour card.
I'm just loving playing with watercolours at the moment and experimenting with different flowers. I thought it would be good to do a card which featured a Bee as they are so useful for our own survival and so any raising of awareness has to be a good thing, right?
So once I planned which flower I wanted to paint (based loosely on a white anemone) I set out working on my composition. I used my Sennelleier watercolours mixing warm and cool greys to act as shadows for the white flower, and then Paynes grey for the centre. Don't be put off using watercolours, thinking you have to go out and buy more stuff as you probably already have a water based pigment in your stash already. Distress inks are fabulous for using as water colour paints as is distress oxides, you just get a more opaque look. Try experimenting by smooshing your inks onto a craft mat and spritz with water, mix with the water until you get the saturation you require.
Top Tip 1 - Swatch out all your colours first then add some water lightly with a brush and pull the pigment, then repeat. This helps you see how saturated the pigments are to start and how many hues you can achieve. the fab thing about watercolours are the more water you add, the lighter you can achieve.
Top Tip 2 - paint your lights first and add layers getting darker each time, this keeps the watercolours reflective transparent, quality which is so sort after.
I'm so sorry about the light and shadows, my room is in fall sun (when its out) from midday which is lovely but makes photography difficult.
I practised my Bee several times as I wanted it to look nice as it was my focal point.
I added a few sequins to add some sparkle and finished it with a very simple sentiment.
Take care friends and ill see you soon.