Monday, April 11, 2016

Watercolour Tree Journal Page


Hi and welcome to another Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and managed to get some time to craft. We spent quite a bit of time outdoors in the beautiful spring weather. This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have an April Showers Bring May Flowers theme. There are lots of options with this great theme.

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
I was in a spring mood and decided to play around with the new Prima watercolours and paint a scene in my art journal, celebrating all the bright green colours of spring. There are also some flowers in the grass. I started taking step photos, but then had such fun that I forgot the rest. Just looking at this art journal page makes me feel calm, which is exactly what I was aiming for.   

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
To reserve white for the clouds, I used Ranger's Distress Micro Glaze. Try to avoid getting glaze where you plan to stamp. To see the glaze in action, check out this Distress Resist Video tutorial of mine. And speaking of videos, there will be new ones coming soon. I am busy sorting out the lights in my studio so that I can record more easily, and not having to be outdoors (it has been too cold!). I worked on watercolour paper.

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
For this page, I used Prima's new Tropicals watercolours set. I mixed up all the colours before starting to paint and used two shades of yellow, two of blue and two mixes of blue and yellow. The sky was painted with clean water first, while I didn't do that for the grass. As you can see, the Distress Micro Glaze resists the paint. 

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
 I splattered just a tiny bit of dark blue paint at the top of the sky to add some texture. This sentiment was stamped with Potting Soil ink and comes from the Simon Says Stamp One With Nature set.

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
Here you can see the resist effect better. I love the look of the blue and yellow paint merging. When the background was dry, I painted some birds.

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
The tree comes from Darkroom Door's Gum Trees set. I inked it with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss and used a Ground Espresso Distress Marker to add brown to the trunks and branches. Mist with water about four times and then stamp. When the tree was dry, I added some dry brushing on top, to give it more texture.

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
The fence was painted with a paint and I used a watercolour pencil to add some texture to it, and underneath it. I also painted a shadow. Stamp the sentiment with Potting Soil ink,

Layers of ink - Watercolour Tree Journal Page by Anna-Karin with watercolor paint by Prima Marketing and Darkroom Door stamps.
In front of the tree, you'll find a shadow and I also painted some grass and flowers. The white flowers were done with Dina Wakley's white acrylic paint.

I hope you will join us in our April Showers Bring May Flowers challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




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Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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24 comments:

  1. Beautiful page Anna-Karin, the whole design of this IS so peaceful and pretty. I can just imagine having a picnic underneath the tree and enjoying the scenery :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. I saw this at SSS and had to take a closer look - it's beautiful, calm, spring and perfect! TFS Karen P x

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  3. I'm "borrowing" your lovely page to use as my screensaver on my phone today. A calming scene and reminder for a gray Monday! Thanks! : )

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  4. Stunning art journaling project, Anna-Karin!

    Beautifully executed :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  5. Very peaceful scene. Nice to learn about the distress glaze technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What a beautiful watercolor page, Anna-Karin. It makes me want to be there enjoying a lovely spring day! The new Prima watercolors look lovely. Hugs, Maura

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  7. So beautiful! Love watercolouring (from others and to do...)

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  8. This is absolutely beautiful, Anna-Karin! It reminds me of a Monet painting. I always look forward to your creations each week. Cathie

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  9. This is such a fabulous page, Anna-Karin. Love the beautiful colors and great sentiment. :)

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  10. Beautiful. I love your scenes you are a master of them! Amazing result. Hugs, Marzena

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  11. This is just lovely, I really love the mood it evokes.

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  12. You know that I think you're an artist, really an artist! love your pages , so wonderful and delicate! barbara

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  13. Beautiful pages and the scene you've captured is just so serene and so tranquil! These are just wonderful Anna-Karin...

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  14. Gorgeous page, Anna-Karin! Love the stunning scene! The sky is so pretty, and so is the tree! Fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

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  15. ...is there something you can't do? This page is extraordinary! Love it!

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  16. Holy cow! I am AMAZED at how you turned those watery strips of color into this gorgeous page! Your vision never ceases to amaze me and this is museum-level watercolor art in my opinion!

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    1. Thank you so much for this sweet comment Andrea!!

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  17. I love it! My 14 yr old girl is starting to journal and she's going to start with this project, "Listen to the trees" she's getting g her list together so we can place our order of supplies with Simon Says Syamp, thank you Anna!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Elizabeth - and all your other lovely comments too. I am sorry about the late reply. I am so happy that your daughter is going to start art journaling. I hope she will enjoy it. I had an art journal of sorts when I was a teenager, and used to love working in it.

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  18. Beautiful watercolor! I do like to hear the sound of the trees.

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  19. Beautiful watercolor! I do like to hear the sound of the trees.

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