Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Watercoloured Botanical Builder Blooms

I received a lovely comment on my blog the other day from a lady who had visited for the first time, via Pinterest. She was following a link to this project, and said she planned to check out more of my work. When I read her kind words, my first thought was “oh dear, she’ll be disappointed then” because watercolouring has been off the menu for several months. 

So, Bluemac, these projects are for you! I spent a happy Sunday afternoon painting these flowers – yes everything you see here is die-cut from watercolour paper and then painted. This did make the die-cutting a lot quicker as I could do all the pieces in one go from one piece of paper, like so...

But it didn’t half slow down the next bit! I didn’t have to do everything in triplicate, of course, but if I’m getting my watercolour supplies out, I’m going to make the most of it!

All the painting is done with a paintbrush (radical, eh?) using reinkers mixed with water, largely using the wet-on-wet technique, with some details added later once they had dried. Talking of drying, I hastened this with the heat tool because, as people who know me will verify, I have zero patience!

Once all the elements and backgrounds were painted, I assembled the flowers using Glue Dots as they’re very secure and the bond is instant. 

Here’s a tip for grouping lots of elements, which no doubt you’ve already thought of but which only 
occurred to me recently: position them and then take a quick photo with your phone. When you start moving them to add adhesive and inevitably lose the composition, you can refer to the photo for help.

The stamping is done with the Botanicals For You stamp set, a Sale-a-Bration set which is FREE with a £45 purchase between now and the end of March. It co-ordinates perfectly wit the Botanicals Blooms stamp set and the dies shown here. 

I hope you enjoy looking at the projects as much as I did creating them, and that they inspire you to try watercolouring on your cards.


  1. This is so beautiful, I need next Tuesday to come so I can start proper ordering! Starter kit is coming on Friday w00t w00t! I dabbled a little bit in watercolours a few years ago,, still have all the paints. brushes etc, I also have some watercolour pencils which I would like to use too.

    1. Your Starter Kit will keep you busy for a while. ;) Welcome to the team and looking forward to seeing more of your creations

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    1. I know!!!! Oops, I mean 'thank you!!!!'

  3. Beautiful! Your watercoloring looks amazing!


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