Garden Shed Easy Watercolouring. As soon as I saw the Garden Shed Stamp Set in the new Annual Catalogue I knew I had to buy it. My husband is an avid gardener and has influenced a few of our friends who have also moved to Oxfordshire from West London. Some friends who are still in West London have recently taken on an Allotment too. So, I now have quite a few friends who enjoy gardening, which means I will be able to use this stamp set for a few cards.
Now, here’s a question. Are Allotments particular to the UK? In the USA I think they are called Community Gardens, but I am not sure if that is correct. They are parcels of land that are available to rent from the local Council and are usually used for growing Fruit and Vegetables. Do let me know if Allotments are international, and if Community Gardens in the USA are the same.
Back to my Garden Shed card. I have been trying to get my head around exactly how I wanted to use the main stamp set. It would be easy enough to stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black and colour it with Stampin’ Blends, but that was not the look I was after. I wanted a light and fluid watercolour look, but was not convinced that I could achieve it. But the day has come and I think I have cracked it.
One of the tips I have picked up about watercolour is that you should not colour areas that are next to each other; the colours will run. Of course this makes perfect sense. Having used Stazon Ink on the new Watercolour paper (use the Stamparatus to ensure a really good result), I started with the larger Aqua Painter and spread water around the top of the image before adding some Balmy Blue Ink and letting it run. Once that was touch dry (in hot weather that is not long), I repeated this below the image and added Old Olive.
I swapped to the smaller Aqua Painter and then simply added water to the larger area, before adding the colour, or painted direct for the smaller areas. I limited myself to just 4 colours, but if you layer them up you can get great shading. The sentiment is also from the Garden Shed set and on Watercolour paper, but with Tuxedo Black. Not being a great fan of the whole cleaning issue with Stazon, yes, I am a lazy stamper, I went for the easy clean up! A few Gold Metallic Pearls finished the project.
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