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Detailed Watercolor with the Altenew Watercolor Book

altenew watercolor coloring book Altenew watercolour colouring book Jen Kray Kittenmoose

It’s me, Kittenmoose and I’m back with my 3rd project of the month using the awesome Altenew Watercolor Coloring Book. I wanted to utilise the book for the entire month, sharing my projects and different techniques each week. 

Week One: clean and simple

Week Two:  no-line watercolor 

We’re up to week 3 today and I’m sharing a detailed watercolor. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not highly skilled with traditional watercolors and In fact, I only own a small 12 half pan set, which I’ve used today on my project.

I selected another page from the Altenew Watercolor Coloring Book, looking for an image which I could add lots of detail and depth. I started out with a very light base colors using a wet on wet technique. 
There is a cool and warm of each color in my small 12 pan set of watercolors and I started out with a light cool wash. Once it had dry, I decided to add the warmer tones for a rich, color saturated image. I often change my mind when I'm crafting - that's part of the fun! 
I continue to add color with a wet on dry technique, allowing to dry between each layer. I wanted to add some interest to the background to began to drag a little color out from the leaves. I added more color until it embraced the image in a wonderful cloud of greens. At this point we have a beautiful 5 x 7 watercolor image and I could have stopped here. However, this was going to be made into a card so was set aside to dry for 20 minutes. 
Once completely dry, I added some white ink splatter, followed by green and finally a little brown. 
Once again I found it difficult to find the perfect sentiment as I wanted to keep as much of the image visible as I could. I opted for a very small Altenew sentiment and a Tonic Studios Love sentiment as I loved the fonts together. 
To finish my card, I added some gorgeous buttercup sequins, added the sentiments onto foam pads and adhered to my panel, and mounted it into an A2 black card bass. The black base really brings the image alive and makes it pop. Although this card isn't perfect, it is beautiful because of it's imperfections. I could have spend many more hours on this, tidying up the lined, blending more, but sometimes you have to say enough is enough and to just be happy with what you've created. 
I hope you're enjoying my series with the Altenew Watercolor Coloring Book so far and this weeks project has sparked your creativity. Thanks for joining me today and I'll be back next week with another project using this amazing book. 
Have a great week and I'll see you soon! 
Lots of love, 

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