Friday, 4 August 2017

Watercolour page for A Vintage Journey

Hello lovely visitors! Today sees the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the lovely and talented Amanda has chosen Watercolours for her theme. Well the obvious choice for me was to make another page for my Nature Journal, so here it is:
I worked on 300 gms hotpress watercolour paper and started by stamping my image in Sepia Archival and then heatembossing it with clear powder.
The next step was to add some texture with one of Tim Holtz's layering stencil and texture paste. When that had dried it was time to start with the watercolours. I used Daniel Smith brand colours in  Quin. Deep Gold, Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna first of all.
Next more drama was added with some Payne's Grey. In this brand the colour is almost black, so I had to go carefully.
Time to add some different effects, so I pulled out my Oxide inks and added some further layers, using mostly Antique Linen, Wild Honey and a little Peackock Feathers to add a Patina Effect over the raised bits.
I deepened the effect with going over it again in a Peackock Feather Distress Crayon and also added a tiny bit of Treasure Gold to add some shimmer.
Time to colour te butterfly, - I used water colour pencils in matching colours for that.
I added a few embellishments to finish it all off...
I added a bit of shadow here and there and that was pretty much it

Now all I had to do was to glue it into my Nature Journal and I was done.
I hope you will pop over to the Vintage Journey Blog, to see the amazing projects my teamies have created, - watercolour inspiration galore. We also have a wonderful sponsor this month, Craft Obsessions, so do head over to get all the details, and of course we all hope that you will decide to play along with us this month! Meanwhile, thanks for dropping by here like useual and stay creative!
xxxxx


35 comments:

  1. Beautiful piece, love the colours. Hugs, Valerie

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  2. It always amazes me how you build up the layers of texture and paint and end up with something stunning Astrid. Such a wonderful addition to your Nature Journal

    Love Chrissie xx

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  3. I´m completely sold on this page here Astrid. It´s sooo beautiful and I like how you build up soo many layers to get this outstanding and beautiful page here. It´s simply amazing and sooo gorgeous.
    Have a wonderful week-end ahead here now everyone.

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  4. Oh, my goodness, Astrid! You have created a new favorite for me! You had me sold at that texture at the bottom! I love the way the water colors collect around the flourishes, and then bam, you add the patina (so rich!) and shimmer! Oh, my, how pretty this is! Of course, then, so is that amazing butterfly! Well done on creating Heaven in watercolor! Can you tell I love it? Hugs!

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  5. This is absolutely stunning! Perfection!!! xx

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  6. GORGEOUS - as always love all the effects you have created stunning xx

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  7. You always create such beauty and this piece is no exception! The embossing and modelling paste worked wonderfully with those inks and crayon, and I love the colour combination you used to produce the gorgeous patina effect - beautiful 😀. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

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  8. This is really gorgeous! I absolutely love the rustiness - especially on the "bliss" charm!

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  9. Oh Astrid, I love this so much! That butterfly is one of my favourite stamps (not used nearly enough!) and the colours you chose are gorgeous. I love the patina effect that you achieved at the bottom and you mirrored it so beautifully in the striking butterfly. This is a truly beautiful addition to your Nature Journal! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. Another beautiful creation!! Have a great weekend!!

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  11. The colours here made me go "ooohh" even before I knew they were Daniel Smith! Love the heat of the warms and the cool of the blues, a contrast which makes this such a satisfying page. Gorgeous butterfly and the textured flourishes are luscious, as is that wonderful altered plaque. Beautiful work, as always!
    Alison x

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  12. I really enjoyed this post :) The colours, the textures, the colours and oh did I say the textures. This is one of my favorites Astrid. You are so inspirational for all of us out here and beginners especially to think that one day we could be creating pieces like this. Thank you.

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  13. This is stunning Astrid, I really love the whole piece, the colors you mix so gorgeously, and that amazing butterfly.
    The texture of stenciling is so beautiful, with the colors and gold used.
    Hugs, Dorthe

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  14. Wow, this is stunning - and that little touch of teal along the bottom and on the butterfly is just perfection. Fabulous textures, colours and style - I love everything about it.

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  15. Gorgeous. Love the richness of the colours and the texture you added.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  16. Stunning page and fantastic step by step as well. I just love the effects of the watercolour combined with the oxides. I think you just sold me on the Oxides, I've been resisting them. Take good care, Shirleyxx

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  17. Gorgeous colours and textures, its an awesome page. The butterfly looks beautiful.
    Yvonne xx

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  18. This is absolutely gorgeous! Astrid . I loved seeing your stages of creativity, tfs. Your watercolouring , both paints and pencils, is fabulous in those lush warming colours - love the patina effect and your shadowing gives such a lovely sense of movement to your butterfly and flourishes and is the perfect way , along with your altered plaque to finish off a truly gorgeous page for your Nature Journal .
    Thank you so much for joining in this Challenge Astrid and for sharing your wonderful creativity.

    Have a lovely weekend
    Hugs x

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  19. What a WONDERFUL page - right my street - I am thrilled about it and loved to see your steps!
    Happy weekend Astrid!

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  20. Gorgeous Astrid, I adore the depth of colour you achieved and adding the crayon really adds so much, love the colours. The embossing looks so deep and textural. Gorgeous piece. Tracy. X

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  21. You're awesome! Did you know there are really two Autumns? She had herself cloned! Tee Hee!

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  22. Georgous, love it so much, a great effect for a great job !!!

    Hugs from France !!

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  23. Wow wow wow!! This is just amazing!! So many products and techniques coming together to create such a stunning piece! The flourish texture with the amazing rich colours, that beautiful butterfly and the string with the amazing embellishment. Just love it all, totally brilliant! hugs :)

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  24. A lovely creation as always Astrid, always admire all the texture you achieve on your artwork.

    Sorry to be such a bad blogger still, I can but hope for better health soon and to get back to normal again - whatever normal might be !

    B x

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  25. Rich colours and beautiful textures make this pop right off the page. I enjoyed following along with the step by step and learned a new technique. i.e. the heat embossed image before adding water colour. You can be sure I will be trying this tonight. Beautiful work and thanks for the inspiration.

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  26. Absolutely stunning Astrid!!! The really bad thing bout coming to view your posts, is I discover all of these products you use and I want them! Argh!! heehee
    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful inspiration my friend! xoxo

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  27. What a beautiful page in your Nature Journal Astrid! Your layering of colors is just gorgeous on this - wonderful images and lovely texture with your pasted stenciling! Julia xx

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  28. A stunning page, love the depth of colour you achieved with paint and Oxides. Colouring of the butterfly is beautiful.
    Avril xx

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  29. Wow what a creation! Love love love how you have combined those natural colours and then added the patina effects! Really really stunning xxxx

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  30. Oh I just love the rich pigment of the DS watercolors and how beautifully they saturated your stencil work here - gah! Such a great effect! I wish I could take a class from you because you are the master of creating layers without layers! Genius! Hugs, Autumn

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  31. such a stunning water colour tag Astrid with wonderful texture/details you have been kind enough to share xxx Love the blended colours and stunning butterfly

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie xxxx

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  32. The really bad thing bout coming to view your posts, is I discover all of these products you use and I want them! Argh!!
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  33. wow love this. thanks for the tutorial some great ideas swimming around my head. Beautiful!!

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  34. So beautiful Astrid, I adore the textured flourishes at the bottom of the page and how they have captured and concentrated the colours from your watercolour washes and it's fascinating how the colour of the original stamping has softened and aged with the washes, what a wonderful effect! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful page, Deb xo

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