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Video: Loosely Watercolored Nasturtium

by Janette Kausen April 23, 2018 27 Comments

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and if you are like me, you have more than one person to celebrate!

Today, I am sharing a video tutorial on how I loosely watercolored our Flowering Nasturtium and Old World Courtyard die cut to create a card that expresses just how much they are appreciated.

With a little patience and Smooth Bristol paper, anyone can tackle a card like this. Join me in this video tutorial for a walk through...

If you have trouble with the video above you can try this link HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

I am obsessed with Smooth Bristol paper. It is so easy and so many techniques lend themselves to its coated surface. As long as you don't scrub it, it's pretty fail safe.

After white detail heat embossing the flowers onto Bristol paper, I began watercoloring them with Mulled Wine Liquid Watercolor. I painted it into the areas that would be shadowed, like the base of the petals and where one petal tucks behind another. I followed with Strawberry in the same manner, just extending the color out into the petal a smidge further. I then added Dandelion to the outer edge and blended the colors slightly with clean clear water. 

Repeat the same steps with the leaves beginning with a dark teal created with Moss and Indigo. Follow with Moss alone and then water to blend. Add a second, and even third layer of color until the desired level of richness is achieved.

Creating the color for the Old World Courtyard die is quick and fun. Liberally wet a panel of Bristol paper that is slightly larger than the die itself. Touch a Dandelion loaded paint brush to the wet paper and watch it bloom. Add a touch of Strawberry here and there, and then additional water to allow the colors to meld together. Allow to dry naturally or use a heat tool.

Once dry, run yellow paper through a Minc machine or laminator to iron flat. Then die cut Old World Courtyard and Flowering Nasturtium. Tuck the Nasturtium into the columns and add foam dots to what will be the right side of the flowers when they are face up. Apply liquid glue to the back by dabbing with a triangle makeup sponge. Adhere to a Snow Folded Card that has been ink blended on the corners with Soft Pool Shadow ink. 

Heat emboss the "You Are Appreciated" sentiment in white detail embossing powder on black.

Thank you for joining me today as we explored the lovely Liquid Watercolors. See you again soon!

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27 Responses

Pam Braithwaite
Pam Braithwaite

September 04, 2018

Just came across this video today and I am so impressed with not only the beauty of this card, but also with the detailed explanation of how you created it. I purchased this background die and I am going to try your technique. TFS it!

lorraine turner
lorraine turner

May 29, 2018

Janette that is a stunning card and I love that you give us crafters lots of TOP TIPS throughout the video tutorial. :O)

Dot Tucker
Dot Tucker

May 16, 2018

The background with the die is perfect for so many
embellishments. Thank you for creating.

conniecrafter
conniecrafter

May 05, 2018

Wow that is gorgeous, I love the water coloring and I also use Bristol smooth paper, but never tried it with water coloring, thanks for the tips!

Carolyn Dunn
Carolyn Dunn

April 28, 2018

This is so beautiful

Rae Penny Smrkovsky
Rae Penny Smrkovsky

April 26, 2018

Love the watercolor tech. What water brush did you use & what brush sizes and brush co. Do you recommend. Most all the watercoloring I do personally is dainty and small. Thanks so much.

Dee  syling
Dee syling

April 26, 2018

I so enjoyed you explaining the flower on the Old World Courtyard diecut. You are so clear ,you do not rush, & your voice is very pleasant to listen. Most importantly you were very prepared. Thank you so much for the ideas on me can use on any card besides that one. As you can tell I was very impressed of your presentation. I watch a lot of the Video of the Week yours is by far the best I have seen.Thank you for motivating me Great job!!!

Debbie P
Debbie P

April 26, 2018

Thank you for the great tips on watercolour , your card is beautiful.

Cynthia Koop
Cynthia Koop

April 26, 2018

I love the way your card came out. That stamp is really nice.

Debra Scassera
Debra Scassera

April 25, 2018

What a beautiful card. You make it look so easy.

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

April 25, 2018

Gorgeous card, amazing colors!

El Difani Ivens
El Difani Ivens

April 25, 2018

Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

Penny Burc
Penny Burc

April 25, 2018

What type of brush did you use?

Dawn Becker
Dawn Becker

April 25, 2018

Beautiful card really like the watercolor flowers and the die cut together!!

Kathy
Kathy

April 24, 2018

Strathmore Bristol Smooth???

Kathy
Kathy

April 24, 2018

Really lovely card!!!

Sandra Wingate
Sandra Wingate

April 24, 2018

Lots of new tips and a beautiful card! Thank you so much Janette. I’m saving this video to my watercolor library.

Bonnie Miller
Bonnie Miller

April 23, 2018

What a beautiful card. Do you give private painting lessons? 😂

Helen
Helen

April 23, 2018

What lovely watercoloring, Janette. Your ideo was fascinating to watch. The die cut setting for the flowers and sentiment is just right. tfs

Helen
Helen

April 23, 2018

What lovely watercoloring, Janette. Your ideo was fascinating to watch. The die cut setting for the flowers and sentiment is just right. tfs

Annette Reed
Annette Reed

April 23, 2018

Thanks for the video. Your painting looks great!

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

April 23, 2018

Janette, its gorteouse. I love the colours and the cardstock that you use. I am not fond of watercolour paper, It seems not to work for me. I wil give the Bristol certainly a try. Thank you for your great video and the tips!

Traci
Traci

April 23, 2018

Absolutely brilliant! Why didn’t I ever think of using my laminator to flatten warped panels??

Lagene
Lagene

April 23, 2018

Gorgeous “loose” watercoloring, thanks for the video!

Donna Whitten
Donna Whitten

April 23, 2018

Love your pretty card, thanks for sharing.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

April 23, 2018

So beautiful :)

Teresa Doyle
Teresa Doyle

April 23, 2018

WOW, what a gorgeous job on the water colouring Janette. A very helpful video and such a stunning card! (LOVE those flowers, so pretty!)