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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ustream Recap from Sept 7 2015 - Watercolor Cards

Hi everyone what a fun show last night. Thank you to everyone who came out to watch the show live. It was fun hanging out with you, and getting to know the newbies. Here is the beautiful card I created.

In this show I demonstrated some simple watercolor techniques for creating a beautiful Sunflower card (seen above).  I painted this card with a simple palette of 4 colors, and demonstrated how mixing them, you can create secondary colors for accents and shadows. I also shared some easy brush techniques to create shadows and highlights. 

If you are a newbie to watercolor and you simply want to experiment without a huge expense.  I recommend purchasing an inexpensive watercolor set. These student grade paints are great for practicing paint brush techniques and familiarizing yourself with how watercolor works.  The set I used during the show retails for under $8 at a local box store.

However, if have the budget for expensive paints and want to jump in feet first, by all means go ahead.  I recommend that you start your collection with four simple colors:  Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, and a Burnt Sienna.  You can always expand from there as your budget allows.

Here is the recorded video: 

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I've really had a great time painting these cards, and shared at the end of the video how a set would make a great gift for someone during the holiday season, maybe a teacher, friend from church, or neighbor.  Who doesn't need a card every now then? Here are a few others that I have created using the techniques taught in this class. 

I hope you enjoyed the show.  Our next broadcast is scheduled for October 5, 2015. 

Thanks for stopping in today, don't forget if you try these techniques #FollowingTonyaGibbs in your social media or tag me on Facebook so that I can see what you have done. 

Products that I used:
  • Canson Watercolor Cold Press 140lb Paper
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Watercolor Paint Set, 12pk
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Watercolor Brush #3 Round
  • Artist Loft - Watercolor Brush #8 Round
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Cardstock (card backing)
  • White foam adhesive
  • Scotch ATG Tape
  • Tim Holtz - Ranger Ink Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz - Ranger Ink - Distress Tool
  • Ranger Ink - Craft Mat
  • Uni-ball Signo Impact 207 Gel Pen (black) 1.0mm

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Live Ustream - TONIGHT

Hi everyone I hope you can join me live on Ustream tonight for a watercolor card tutorial.  

Class begins at 8:30 pm EST 

Tonight I will show you a super simple watercolor technique that a complete novice can create.  As always I will do my best to record. 

What you need: 

Watercolor paper
Round watercolor brushes -  8 and 3 
Liner watercolor brush 
Watercolor Tube paints in Ultramarine, Primary Yellow, Primary Red, Burnt Sienna
watercolor pallet
2 jars of water 1) clean and 1) for cleaning your brush
Fine - Sharpie Marker for hand lettering (or use your favorite stamp) 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sunflower Water Color Card Tutorial


WOW it seems like forever since I was here on my sweet blog.  I'm sorry for my absence.  I have been taking a much needed vacation/road trip and taking my Son to college.   While doing all this traveling, I decided to pack a little kit for doing a little watercoloring in the card. 

I pre-cut some card panels to 3 3/4" x 5"  this will allow for a double mat. 

Then I took along a few watercolor pencils, a hard surface to write on (a book works great), some doodle pens, 6 inch ruler and a few waterbrushes.  Doodling really does help the time pass on these long trips, and when you are done, you have a beautiful card front! 

Here is the front and inside of the card.  

Here is a process video showing how I created them, and sharing with you this simple technique for doodling out a beautiful card.

Doesn't that look super simple?  I know you can do it.  If you try it out, please be sure to share it with me.  #FollowingTonyaGibbs in Twitter and Instagram so that I can find them, or tag me in Facebook.  I love seeing what you create! 

DON'T FORGET -  Our next Ustream is set for Monday, September 7, at 8:30 p.m. EST 

Thanks for stopping in today, 


General Supplies
  • Watercolor Pencils  - I used Artist General Kimberly Pencils  and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®
  • Georgia Pacific 110lb white cardstock
  • Waterbrush
  • Uniball 207 Impact Pen
  • Yellow Cardstock
  • Liquitex Bright Gold Iridescent Ink
  • Scotch ATG Tape
  • Foam Adhesive.  

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