Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sweet Pots of Herbs

Good Saturday to you! And good August!

I have gardening on the brain these days. And I love it! I wish it wasn't so hot and muggy, especially muggy. But that's the price we pay for rain. And I want rain! I was born in a deserty state (southern California), but I'm not happy unless I am surrounded by green. Must have green.

I pulled out the Stampin' Up! Sweet Herbs set (retired) because I love the big image in the set for coloring. And this time I educated myself on what colors the flowers on the herbs I'm not familiar with (bay and marjoram) are supposed to be. The rest I have grown myself, so I know what colors they are. Interestingly, both bay and marjoram have white flowers. Marjoram and oregano are very similar. In fact, oregano is sometimes called "wild marjoram", so that will help me remember its color. I'd love to grow my own bay leaves! Imagine fresh ones at one's disposal!

One thing I love about using markers on watercolor paper is that the ink is almost always removable. You wet the spot you want to remove ink from and dab with a rag. It makes coloring all the more fun!

What I did was draw a line around the inner edges of the pots with Really Rust ink. Then I used the water brush to pull the color inward. Then I used a bit of Close to Cocoa and did the same thing, taking care to leave some areas only lightly touched by ink. I used water and a rag to dab away color here and there.

On the signs I used Mellow Moss, Pale Plum and Creamy Caramel in a splotchy pattern, going over the whole thing with Creamy Caramel to finish.

For the saying, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and made it into 2 long lines rather than 5 short ones.

For the white flowers I used an opaque white gel pen to make them stand out a bit and used the Bordering Blue marker, watercolored, around the plants to also set off the white flowers.

I popped out some of the pots and signs just for fun.

You know, it's not until I take pictures that I see all the flaws! Ugh! Try not to notice them!

Hope your weekend is going well! We cleaned out the freezers today and inventoried all that was in them. I have some meal planning to do!

Be well!


Stamps: SU Sweet Herbs

CS: Black, Basic Grey Lemonade paper, Carson watercolor paper

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Markers: Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow, Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Garden Green, Pale Plum, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Lavender Lace, CTMH Dutch Blue, Summer Sun, Bordering Blue

Other: Spellbinders Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large die, Martha Stewart Embossed Zigzag border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 3D-Dots, opaque white gel pen, water brush, rag to dab away color


Chris said...

Love your little pots...what a great job you did coloring everything! Beautiful~!

Lisa said...

Flaws! What flaws? Love the card, no surprise there. Love all your work. Wish I could watercolor like you. Thanks for sharing.

Angella D. Crockett said...

Kim, this is fabulous!!! Your watercoloring ROCKS!!! Hey, I'm gettin' ready for another Archiver trip...sure wish we could go together!!!! Maybe if we were a couple hours closer, we could find one in the middle! :)

Kim said...

Thanks, y'all!

Ang, I'd love going shopping with you! I'd probably spend way too much! We'd enable each other, fer sher!

Lisa, it's not as hard as you think. Play with markers, a water brush and watercolor paper and see what I mean! Fun!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Kim!! This is awesome!! Gorgeous coloring and design!! That dp is beautiful with your design.

Love it and you!!


Grace said...

Hi Kim! Wow I do love this! Water coloring with markers is still my favorite way to color! You really do it beautifully! I love growning herbs! I have not had great luck keeping my bay fragrant and tasty... but all the others I love to grow! In fact I just picked the last of my dill to make zucchini pickles from our garden. Yum! This card just makes me smile and feel warm fuzzies! LOL! It was so good to see you today! Thanks for stopping by to say hi!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

HI Kim!! Just popped back in to let you know that I left you something on my blog. Hope all is well.

Carla Murphy said...

This is just beautiful!