Monday, September 3, 2018

Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial

Hi friends! The month-long STAMPtember® celebrations continues at Simon Says Stamp. Don't miss all the inspiration, special offers and surprises. Yesterday's big blog party was such fun, if you missed my post with two tutorials you can find it here.


We are continuing with STAMPtember® celebrations at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, and we are showcasing products from the STAMPtember® release. You can see the whole wonderful release here. Our theme is Stamp It On. Fun! You can stamp on almost anything. One of the more unusual surfaces I have ever stamped on is a red plastic scooter. A lot of the kids had similar bikes and I wanted Anton to be able to easily recognize his own bike, so I stamped it with stars and his name. That stamping still looks perfect, after a lot of use. 





Our September guest designer is Terelisa Agosti, who creates fantastic projects, which you don't want to miss.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

I love to do nature themed pages in my art journals. They make me happy to do and happy to look at. One of my absolute favorite activities is to take walks in nature, and that reflects back on my art in a big way. Foxes are elusive and hard to spot - and even harder to photograph - but this die cut and watercolored fox was happy to jump into my art journal.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, stamping techniques

The cool bubble circles are actually meant to be baubles, and is my favourite stamp from the Ornate Ornaments set. White emboss it on watercolor cardstock.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Color the circles. You can also use watercolor paint.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, bubble circles

Die cut the ornaments with the coordinating die and cut off the hanger part with a pair of scissors. Aren't these fun! For a more traditional use of this stamp, check out my Christmas tag from yesterday's post.
 Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's the cute Big Picture Book Fox. Die cut from watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, painting the fox

I wanted the fox to have a body and a tail and drew them roughly on another piece of paper. The fox and its body was colored with watercolor paints, letting the paints blend on the paper. I used a very light shade of beige on the white areas, so that they wouldn't be stark white.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I painted one of the cotton-rag watercolor pages in my Dina Wakley Media Journal with watercolors, using autumn shades.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, stenciling

When the page was dry, I sponged brown ink through the pretty Harvest stencil. For two more examples using this stencil, check out my STAMPtember post from yesterday.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember Big Picture Book Fox

Put the pieces of the fox back together again. I placed the head at a slight angle on the page. A littel big of brown was splattered on the page, using a brown Dina Wakley Scribble Stick. Some highlights were added with a white gel pen. Isn't she cute? If you'd rather use a cat instead, check out my art journal from yesterday for more ideas. There are also a bunch of other animals in the STAMPtember release.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I left the pencil marks on the body of the fox and splattered some brown Scribble Stick, for texture.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, art journal layers

I die cut two pieces of vellum with the Eyelet Arch Borders die, to ground the fox to the page. The Spinner Trail was die cut from gold Deco Sheet, adhering it to paper first.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, stamped sentiments

For my main sentiment, I used this quote from the One With Nature set. I've used it many times before, it is one of my favourite quotes.

Layers of ink - Fox Watercolor Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also used sentiments from Uplifting Thoughts and Tabbed Sentiments.

I hope you will join us this week in our Stamp It On challenge and in celebrating STAMPtember®. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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16 comments:

  1. The fox is just adorable and I love the effect of the watercolours on the cotton rag paper, there is so much lovely texture - just beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

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  2. Gorgeous art journal page Anna-Karin! the fox is absolutely fabulous and I love how you gave him a body and a big bushy tail, very cute. The baubles look beautiful too, what a great alternative way to use them!! Stunning and very clever :-)

    Happy STAMPtember®
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  3. Absolutely adore this page and the sentiment is perfect! I love nature and the stencil is adorable -- that one is going to have to find a home in my already over-stuffed craft room! I agree -- the baubles are absolutely perfect and the colors you used were perfect!

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  4. Love your page...the fox is sweet and stunning!

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  5. Love, love, love this page!!! Simply adorable!!
    Pinned https://www.pinterest.it/pin/534802524498551154/

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  6. Beautiful work as always. just love that little fox.

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  7. The fox is absolutely adorable! I love the colors that you included on this card as well. Thanks for the share, hope you have a fantastic rest of your day. Keep up the posts.


    Greg Prosmushkin

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  8. Your little watercolour fox is adorable - I'm so happy you gave him a body! Love those embossed baubles too - what a wonderful mosaic effect, almost like stained glass. And I've always loved that Emerson quote - lovely.
    Alison x

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  9. So many great ideas and techniques every time! Love your ability to combine whimsical and sophisticated elements, too!

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  10. Love the fabulous colors on the bubble circles and the cute fox! Anna-Karin. This is such a fantastic journal page! :)

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  11. Such a beautiful page, Anna- Karin. I love how you transformed the fox die into your gorgeous full size beauty! Wonderful background, and your jeweled circles are a lovely touch along with the nature sentiments - it has a very serene feel to it. Loved your stamping on the bike story - I think you have proved stamping can be done anywhere! hugs, Maura

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  12. This is so beautiful Anna-Karin and the detail you've added to that adorable fox is just amazing ~ another gorgeous work of art! :)

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  13. beautiful Anna-Karin, that fox is just so adorable and I love how you used the bauble images, very clever, hugs kath xxx

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  14. So very cute, Anna-Karin, love the fox and the baubles are really colorful an fun. Hugs, Sandra

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  15. Queen of watercolors! When you use watercolors I always amazed by your skill to do it! You create incredible projects, this is amazing! Barbara

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  16. AWEEE this foxy turned out utterly cute!!|! Love your use of watercolors||

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