From Gillian Nelson : While I've always considered myself a "crafty" person, I am not confident whatsoever with the "artsy" stuff. Drawing, painting...stuff like that. I'm so much more comfortable with paper and scissors than I am with paper and paintbrushes. But I looooove the look of watercolors and how it's been making such a beautiful splash in the world of scrapbooking. I wanted to experiment with using water colors on a layout, but I wasn't willing to ruin an entire sheet of paper by painting directly on the background. The compromise I came up with was to paint smaller portions of paper that I would then add to my layout afterwards. I started by cutting watercolor paper into strips that were 1.75 inches wide, and then hand cut triangles from the strips. I painted each individual triangle with a wash of color (most of them pink, with a few yellow triangles thrown in for visual interest). Once the paint dried, I outlined each triangle with a thin black line and also inked the edges. Then I adhered the triangles onto another block of watercolor paper, so that the painted color could really pop against more white. I used adhesive foam under the yellow triangles for more...say it with me...visual interest.
I have used two water colour techniques on this card. For the background, I have used dry on wet technique. I diluted few drops of each of the neon Mr. Huey on an acrylic block and brushed each colour from the top of the card front using a rounded brush. I let it dry. Then I brushed some water on the pink layer and added few drops of pink neon Mr. Huey and let the colour spread and dry on its own.Then I did the same with the yellow followed by the orange. You can see how the colours have blended and beautifully flowed as well. This adds layer of colours.
While the card front is drying, I masked and stamped the balloons from Coconut Grove June Add-On Card Kit stamp set. There is well defined space in each of the balloons to paint the colours. For this I used wet on wet technique here. For each of the balloon, I first wet the area and while still wet, I added colours from one end to give the gradation of colours. I let it dry on its own. This give beautiful shading to the balloons.
While the balloons are drying, I stamped the large sentiment also from the Coconut Grove June Add-on Card kit stamp set on the bottom of the card front. I then cut of the balloons and adhere them to the card front using foam adhesive.
(Supplies: Mister Huey's Neon My Little Pony, Trapper Keeper & Windbreak, Seafoam and Ocean; Coconut Grove June Add-on Card Kit; Archival Jet Black Ink and Stampers Select White from Papertrey Ink; watercolour brush)