Thursday, August 2, 2018

Sunflower Joy for CAS Watercolour

Hello friends and welcome!

We're starting a new challenge at
CAS Watercolour

This month Marcia is our host and she's chosen...
one of my very favorite flowers!

I used my favorite watercolor technique to do this sweet flower.

I placed the stamp in my MISTI and first inked the stem with a marker,
pressed on my mixed media paper, moved the color on the paper with a
damp water brush and stamped again.

I used the same technique with a Mini Distress pad for the flower,
adding some darker ink to the base of the petals with markers.

When I was happy with the flower, I used the small end of a
Gathered Twigs Distress Marker and dotted the center, then blended 
the color with my water brush.

The background wash was done by pulling the color from the
flower with a very damp water brush. I dropped some pink in the wash
by swiping color on my palette and picking it up with a wet water brush
and touching it to the wet background.

Our Design Team have outdone themselves with inspiration pieces this month.
We have a new Designer, Jenny.  I hope you'll give her a warm welcome.
And we're joined by Izzy as our fabulous Guest Designer.

I'm excited to see a beautiful array of watercolor sunflowers 
in the gallery this month.

More inspiration:  DH brought me these for my birthday.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Jane's Doodles), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint (mini DI), Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold (DM)
Paper:   Neenah, Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series)
Other:  Linen Texture Plate (PTI), Stitched Hexagon Layers (MB)


Christine Alexander said...

wonderful watercolouring Bonnie, I love the soft shades behind your Sunflower. Beautiful card.

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW on that watercoloring, Bonnie! This one jumped from the design team challenge gallery! Love the vivid colors on this as well as your fabulous background wash! This is just gorgeous!

Carole said...

Beautiful card ...stunning artwork on that sunflower!

Hazel Kinvig-Paul said...

Love love LOVE how you have coloured that stunning sunflower Bonnie my friend! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful water-coloring. I like how you framed your flower

Loll said...

STUNNING creation Bonnie!! Amazing watercolour skills, my friend. And I love how you've framed this beautiful image. Gosh, making note of the image and adding to my wish list. :) xx

Marcia HIll said...

This image is going on my wish list too Bonnie...your card is absolutely STUNNING!!! Your water colouring is perfection and your background wash too! Lovely, lovely card my friend! And a very happy belated birthday too...your hubby did a great job on the flowers!! :0)

jimlynn said...

Beautiful flowers inspiration for a beautiful flower - and card. Framed to perfection too! Gorgeous card Bonnie - and a happy belated birthday!

Maxine D said...

What an exquisite card Bonnie - the pink in the background is perfect!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous watercolor marker and Misti technique, Bonnie. Your flower looks hand painted! TFS your description of your technique. I love your CAS design too and..your pretty flower bouquet. Our sunflowers are starting to bloom in our veggie garden. Love this time of year. I will be playing in a few days or sooner! I am so inspired by all the beauties this month. Miss you girls. Love and Hugs..Nancy

JosieD said...

What a beautiful card and so cool that your birthday bouquet included sunflowers and now they are this month's challenge. This watercolor technique that you have perfected (!) is so natural looking. And I love the hexagon die cut and linen texture look you added. Another wow-zer of a card.

Daffodil Cards said...

A BEAUTIFUL sunny card, would make anyone smile.

Bunny said...

Beautiful. [Bunny]

JoAnn said...

Wow, this is beautiful. Thanks for explaining the technique you used. I love the way it is framed. Beautiful bouquet from your husband too. Happy Birthday.

Sandy said...

Happy late birthday wishes!!!!This card is really gorgeous - love the flower!!!
Sandy xx

Cath Wilson said...

Gorgeous sunflower - love the flying petals look you've achieved with your wash - it looks beautiful.

Cath x

Izzy Scrap said...

Absolutely beautiful, Bonnie ! I didn't know this technique but for sure I have to try it ! Love how the sunflower pops up with these vivid colours over the gorgeous background wash ! A real stunning CAS card. Thanks so much for inviting me, it's such an honour to be Guest Designer this month among all of you, talented Ladies !

Trina P. said...

Gorgeous card, Bonnie! You’ve mastered that MISTI watercolouring / stamping technique! I am in awe at the beautiful depth and shading you’ve managed to achieve. The soft background wash is perfect to highlight this beauty! Amazing job my friend. xx

Mac Mable said...

This is one stunning card. Love the technique Bonnie and such a wonderful artsy and beautiful card. The water colouring is amazing and so is your DH x

Carol L said...

You do CAS cards to perfection, and this is a wonderful example! Happy Belated birthday too, I see your hubby was good to you :)

Pat said...

How appropriate that your DH bought a bouquet with sunflowers in for your birthday, I'm not sure how long ago it was but I will wish you belated Happy Birthday wishes anyway. I love your beautifully watercoloured flower in that sweet frame, and with just a simple sentiment it is perfect! x

Papercraft Boutique said...

Simply beautiful watercoloring and such a pretty sunflower profile, Bonnie! Love the shades of the colors and the faint pink in the background wash! The linen-textured card base gives off a warm feeling.
And how sweet Bruce is! :-) Hideko xx

Brenda in IN said...

This watercolor sunflower is just magnificent. It looks like you just picked it and framed it. Beautiful, my friend.

Susan said...

Fabulous watercolouring, Bonnie! And "joy" is the perfect sentiment as sunflowers are such happy flowers. Love the bouquet your husband got you with the lovely white hydrangeas - they go perfectly with the sunflowers.

Karen D. said...

such a beautiful card mf...and love the flowers your DH brought you as inspiration.
xx Karen

My Paper Epiphany said...

Your sunflower is just stunning and I love the artsy look in the frame! You've just reminded me to use the linen texture plate - it looks fantastic! I know I'm going to have lots of fun on this team:)

Linda said...

Bonnie, your watercoloring is so awesome. That sunflower is just gorgeous. I must say I struggle with getting that kind of look. Beautiful card, my friend.

Nance said...

Always inspired by your watercoloring, Bonnie. Love this sunflower that is swaying on a summery day!