Saturday, January 15, 2022

Pure Iris

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

There's still some time to join in at CAS Mix Up.

My talented friend Jenny is hosting this watercolor challenge.


This time I inked the stamp and spritzed before I stamped. This technique doesn't
usually work well for me and I end up with a mess.  This time I seemed to get the
right amount of water.  I used a paintbrush to blend the color a bit and to pull the color
out of the lines.  In the end I inked the center with a marker and added a bit of
definition to the petals.

There are several ways to do loose watercolor and there are some
video tutorials at the challenge site as well as some awesome inspiration from
the Design Team.  And the gallery has lots of wonderful creations
 to inspire you.

I hope you'll join us at CAS Mix Up.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Pure Iris, Special Sentiments (PB)
Ink:  Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, Rustic Wilderness (DI & DM), Concord Crush (sentiment-SU) 
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah Solar White


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HilaryJane said...

the iris is my favourite flower and you have made this one look amazing, I love it. I find that technique hard too, but you nailed it this time xx

I Card Everyone said...

You hit the jackpot this time, Bonnie! So beautiful, and the perfect color for your Iris!

Nstiz said...

What a great job you did with loose watercoloring. This never worked for me either. What caught my eye was some preserved detail in that iris- fabulous effect! It most definitely is a difficult technique but some people make it look effortless. I sure is not!

Leslie Miller said...

Such a beautiful sample of loose watercoloring! So many ideas for this challenge and the card examples are all wonderful!

conil said...

Nailed the loose water coloring, didn't you? This card is so dreamy and lovely it makes me yearn for Spring. Have an iris that is just about this color in my garden so I can't wait to see it bloom. Lovely example of the technique.

nancy littrell said...

Love how you got such a wonderful Loose Watercolor effect on your beautiful Iris, Bonnie. I used the same technique on my flowers. It is so interesting to see the end results because it is not like you have much control over the watercolors:-) Loving all the DT samples and different techniques. Another awesome CAS Mix Up Challenge..great way to start the New Year:-) Love and Hugs, my dear friend. Nancy

Christine Alexander said...

your splashes of colour look so artsy. Love the card XX

Susan said...

I'm quite hopeless at this technique, but you got a good result with this lovely iris! I'm going to try and post something for the loose watercolouring challenge but so far not happy with any of my attempts!

Loll said...

Beautiful iris, Bonnie! I have had this image for ages and never been able to get it to work for me. I'm so impressed!! Great work, my friend! xx

Brenda in IN said...

This is lovely. This is so soft and ethereal. It's hard to color outside the lines but this makes me rethink that. It is beautiful, Bonnie.

Bobby said...

Sometimes water isn't our friend when we spritz, Bonnie, but you worked out the formula. This is lovely with the details you added.

Sandy said...

Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie. This is the most gorgeous card you have ever made for sure. Not that I can remember all the cards you have created. But this make is absolutely outstanding. I love the artsy watercolor feel of this creation. You did it my sweet friend - you did it!!!!
Sandy xx

Mac Mable said...

Such an artsy and wispy effect with the loose water colouring Bonnie and so very pretty x.

Dotty Jo said...

Beautiful watercolouring, Bonnie, this looks so good, Jo x

Trina P. said...

So beautiful and artsy. Looks like a professional painting and should be framed!

Pat said...

That is a beautiful purple iris Bonnie and suits this loose watercolour treatment and the crisp black stamped sentiment finishes it perfectly. x

Robyn Oliver said...

WOW Bonnie, I love this card, it is simply beautiful...gorgeous loose watercoloring, hugs Robyn

Chrissie said...

Oh My!
Oh My!
What an absolutely awesome flower Bonnie, this technique with that iris is just magic!
Love it!
Chrissie x

Susan Joyce said...

Wonderful loose watercoloured Iris Bonnie, and I love the extra detail on the flower.

Heather said...

Love your loose watercolour and love that stamp. I have definitely used that one for similar techniques.

Brenda said...

Your card is stunning Bonnie! I love the look you got with this technique, but really I can't imagine you not doing well at anything you do. Hugs, Brenda

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous card Bonnie!

AlisonC said...

A pretty soft effect, I'd say you nailed it. Love the colour. x

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a gorgeous iris, Bonnie! Your loose watercoloring is so beautiful and artsy, and I LOVE the color of the flower (as you already know)!
A little detail with your maker definitely added definition to the petal. That's a wonderful finishing touch!
Hideko xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Bonnie this looks as though I can see the iris through the fog - it's almost ethereal. An absolutely beautiful result
Stay safe

Vicky Hayes said...

This is wonderful Bonnie and looks as if you spent hours painting! I always feel that CAS Mix Up teaches me a lot :) Vicky x

Barb Ghig said...

Your loose watercoloring on this Iris is just perfect, Bonnie! I love your color palette and your sentiment is lovely! xx

Linda said...

Oh my! What can I say ..... this is simply stunning!!!! You've definitely nailed the loose watercolouring technique xx

Greta said...

I love that technique & love the result you got with this stamp, Bonnie!

BożenA said...

I really like this melting watercolor with added detail thanks to re-stamping. I absolutely must try this technique sometime. Thanks for the inspiration, Bonnie!