No line Water colouring with Altenew Vintage Flowers + video

I’m in the midst of learning a few techniques, like making slider cards and creating galaxy backgrounds. Here are 2 backgrounds I created. 1st one is with distress inks and 2nd with watercolours. The 3rd was done by my 12 yr olds Ines who looked at my efforts and said: “Mum let me show you how its done”… and proceeded to do just that… with cheap paints and sponges! Sigh life is not fair… :)) I should have video taped her process though as I love what she did! If you would like to see what I did with my galaxy backgrounds, come back on the 1st of August and you’ll see the full card… and for some exciting news too!

Anyway, I suddenly got the urge to go back to water colouring some flowers. Its sort of like a therapy for me now, as I go into a zone and just concentrate on water colouring. Its also very frustrating when my attempts don’t turn out the way I wanted, like these.

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Looking at them now I just realised they look like a tutorial on how to darken your watercolour shades! Lol! Even though I was disappointed, I received so many encouraging remarks from the Altewnew Fan club Facebook page that I will try to make a card with them soon. I’m so thankful for those amazingly supportive crafters on social media!

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For today though, the card I actually want to show is one I made for Altenew’s July inspiration challenge. Its a bit late, but better than never I always say! I also made a YouTube video below showing how I water coloured the flowers.

I used Altenew’s Vintage Flowers and water coloured them using my new Winsor & Newton watercolours on watercolour paper. I first stamped the flowers using distress inks and the leaves with Color Box pigment inks as they both can be water coloured to blend in.

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Once it was done, I die cut the water coloured panel with MFT Blueprint 20 scallop rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment from The Project Bin onto a vellum sheet I cut using my craft scissors. Stazon is the best ink I use for stamping on Vellum, as it dries quickly and doesn’t smudge, but its hell to take off my stamps!

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I flicked some vintage brown water colour on it, added some sequins and adhered the panel to a fuschia card base and it was done!

I do hope you liked it and I would love to know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!


I’m also playing along at:

addicted to stamps n more Addicted to Stamps and More – Make your mark

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Anything Goes

stamping sensation Stamping Sensation – Anything with Flowers

Altenew.jpg The Altenew inspiration pic


20 thoughts on “No line Water colouring with Altenew Vintage Flowers + video

  1. Your card is beautiful, Gwendolyn! The flowers are gorgeous and I love the colors you used. Ines’ galaxy background is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing her talents with us on the Simon Says Stamp Summer Kids Challenge.

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  2. Thanks so much for playing Altenew July Inspiration Challenge! FABULOUS! PS: don’t be too hard on yourself!! Your work sheet turned out just fine!

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  3. Gorgeous card Gwendolyn, I love the flowers and the splattered background, the whole design is so pretty and I love the blue flowers too! They will look fabulous on a finished creation, keep going!! They are stunning!!! 🙂

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

    LOVE your galaxy Ines, you definitely showed your Mum how to do it!! you beat her hands down (but don’t tell her I said that ;-)) I love the colours and swirly sponging, it really is out of this world!! WELL DONE 🙂

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Kids Vacation Challenge
    Lols x x x

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  4. …”and the children shall lead them……” It’s wonderful that your Ines takes an interest in what you do! Thanks for sharing her work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Children’s Challenge!

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  5. I think its all about how you look at it, Gwendolyn! If you were thinking of having softer colors on the flowers, no wonder you didn’t like them. But since I looked at them with no particular thought in mind, they look just fine, even great to me! I suggest just keeping it aside for a few days, don’t look at it. And later when you have a second look at them, you’ll surely find a use for it, even with the darker coloring! (thumbs up!!)
    PS: Have you tried lifting the color?

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Ashwini. I’ll take your advice and try and use them soon. Next time I’ll try and lift the colours too, or just be lighter on the paint Lol!

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  6. It looks very beautiful, I love this technique and you have done amazing with it.
    Loving those galaxies too.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x


    1. Thanks Patty. I used to be afraid of it too but I watched K Werner’s videos and did one of their online classes on watercolouring and just jumped in and tried it. So I hope you’ll try it too!

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  7. I’ve yet to master no-line watercolouring, Gwendolyn, and I’m a little in awe of anyone who can! You’ve done it so beautifully here. And the colours are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping Sensations.


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