The Studio Watercolor Challenge

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Morning, y'all!  We've got a brand new challenge up, over in The Studio, for you all.  We're looking for your use of watercolors this go around.  My hubby surprised me with a set of Kuretake's Gansai Tambi Watercolors last fall, and I haven't been able to put them down since.  I love them so!  The soft colors, that I used for my background wash here, show up much better in real life.  I also added them to those bitty stamped flowers for a little more interest with the perfect color match.  I had so many beautiful pics of this special day for Adina, that I couldn't possibly even get them into a two-pager.  So, my pocket pages came to the rescue for the overflow.  Shall we get started?
I began this page by watercoloring two 12x12 sheets of watercolor paper behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie.  I then anchored both the houndstooth and houses prints, stretching across both pages, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches; stamped a bunch of bitty blooms in Jet Black ink; and splattered everything with those same shades of watercolor mentioned above, as well as yellow and pink watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I trimmed the bottom edge of those stitched prints with hand-cut, from a patterned paper, scallops.
That sets the stage.  Now, let's get a little more up close and personal, beginning with the left side of the page.

The top of my photos was dressed up with a cluster of acetate, die-cut, and wood veneer blooms and leaves, some of which were popped up with foam tape.  I also tossed a number of the previously-mentioned, stamped, in Jet Black ink, on punched, watercolor paper cut-outs and watercolored flowers throughout; topped it with a "REAL life" chipboard circle...
and sandwiched it between "best day" and "#rememberthis" ephemera (The latter of which was used to etch my 10/12/12 date.) on the right...
and a number of hand-cut and sticker phrases on the left.
An acetate ballerina has another one of those stamped and watercolored flowers tied around her waist with a length of twine, tied in a bow.
A bit more of that houndstooth print, as well as a mustard, triangle print, were then secured, with more black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the top of the page and carried over to the right side of the design.
An acetate, "gather memories" wreath serves as my title.  It was grounded with black, puffy letter Thickers, used to spell the word, which was repeated with Cameo-cut, Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, "dance" and dressed up with more wood veneer and stamped/watercolored blooms.
A couple of tags, laced with twine, fill the space between photographs.
One of those tags was dress up with a wood veneer, "love YOU" phrase and an "XO" cut-apart.
Just to the right of both tags, you'll see another of those cut-apart phrases, as well as one of the two sticker phrases found on this side of the design...
and a floral cluster, with all the same ingredients as the one from the left side of the design, not to mention a number of aqua, enamel stars scattered across both pages, completes the look.
You have until Sunday, October 9, 2016, to link up your takes, on today's Watercolor Challenge and/or our previous, September Frames Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  I can't wait to see what you all cook up!  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Petite Petals & Little Flowers (SU!) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Crisp Cantaloupe (SU!); mustard triangles, multicolored houses, pink houndstooth, & black scallop (Crate Paper); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); acetate & paper ephemera pieces (Maggie Holmes); cut-apart phrases (Citrus Twist); mustard word stickers & chipboard bits (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); aqua enamel stars (Shimelle); wood veneer flowers & leaves (Cocoa Vanilla); Good Vibes Puffy Letter Thickers (Dear Lizzy); pink/green twine (Queen & Co.); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Dance Like No One Is Watching Layered Phrase cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Petite Petals punch (SU!)


Sandy Ross said...

Oh Jinny, this is just always. I love your blend of watercolours and embellishing...just fabulous!!!

Lynn said...

Wow. So many amazing details that all come together beautiful. And let's talk about Adina's tutu. So adorable!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love this! LOVING the watercolors you added and LOVING those photos!!!!!!!!!!

Raechelle Bellus said...

Wow. Just wow. Beautifully created all around. Amazing details, darling photos, and a perfect blend of color, elements, and prints.

Leslie Germain said...

WOW!!! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! LOVE this amazing double layout!

Laura Creates said...

JInny this is absolutely wonderful, love your page and your sweet pics!