Smell the Roses

I am not fussed on colouring people images. If I must, I tend to prefer silhouettes. However this image was a gift some time ago, and this is the first time I have inked her up. 

I started by stamping in black ink suitable for watercolour as I was painting with my Zig brushes and a paint brush. They are perfect to use for images such as this. Once I completed the colouring, I die cut the image using my deckled oval die, and attached her to my card base using foam tape. In my Misti I stamped my sentiment, then finished with a few Nuvo Jewel drops.

The paint brush that I used is a new one for me. I used to think you were only as good as your paper and paints. Taking watercolour class has taught me that your brushes play a huge roll in this as well. After three years of trying and using "okay" brushes, I have finally found brushes that I love, and I can highly recommend. I buy all my art supplies from Jackson's Art Supplies in the UK, which is where I bought my first Escoda. This is the description from Jackson's about the brush:
Considered the elite hair for watercolour, Escoda selects only the best Kolinsky male sable hair for this brush. This hair comes from the Tajmyr region in very northern Siberia. Points perfectly and has an extraordinary capacity to retain liquids.
Also, the review I read are all most favourable. 
To try these brushes out I ordered the Escoda-Reserva-Kolinsky-Tajmyr series-1212 in #8. It is with this brush that I painted the above image. I always lay my colour down in a paint dish or on my craft mat and pick it up with a wet brush to colour. The tip of these brushes allow me to get in even the smallest of spaces, yet for larger pieces they hold water and paint perfectly, and the body of the brush is very comfortable to hold.
Escoda : Reserva : Kolinsky-Tajmyr : Series 1212 : # 8
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  1. Kia, I love this sweet gal and should ink mine up.. She is just so dear, and your watercoloring is beautifully done! Thanks for the tip about the brush. I have several very good ones that I purchased at Marcella Hawley's recommendation, and it's so important for the tips to hold the water/paint and to come to a nice point. I love the colors you've used, and your watercoloring couldn't be more beautiful! Hugs and love! xoxo

  2. That’s a lovely card !!


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