Louder than words

I was checking our the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers earlier today and when I saw these leaves I was reminded of a line drawing I had.

I am not sure where I got the drawing from, but I liked the leaf. I had a reference photo with a similar leaf attached to the line drawing, which I probably printed off when I got the line drawing. The coloured leaf I have has a lot of orange and reds, but I wanted something that I could use now, so I kept to blues, greens, turquoise, a bit of orange and purple. Yes, the two later are used a lot in the fall, but that is okay.

I traced my leaf lightly to Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper using Graphite paper. Using my watercolour palette I picked out my colours.

I kept the watercolouring lose, and tried to get some blooms happening. Funny, when I don't want them, they appear, when I do, they won't appear.

I worked dry to went for the leaf and kept in mind with some of the colours to not let them get too close as they would turn to mud. I leave a space between the colours and with a damp brush I paint in between, which allows the colours to creep quietly together, not meet up with a loud bang.

When I was finished with the watercolour I matted the piece with blue cardstock, and attached that to my white card base.

To finish in my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment which is from Altenew using VersaFine Clair Ink in Warm Breeze.

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  1. Marisela Delgado13 June 2020 at 17:46

    You always make beautiful cards, Kia!

  2. Waht a gorgeous leaf you painted, Kia! I love the colors you used and how you transitioned into the next colors. So artistic and impactful!

  3. Many thanks Hideko, it was really fun to do.

  4. So kind Marisela ... thanks so much.

  5. THIS IS GORGEOUS, Kia!!! I wanted to come over & see your other photos of this! JUST GORGEOUS!!! It reminds me of some dies I've been eye-ballling for awhile! LOL LOVE the colors!!! There is just SOMETHING about water coloring that soothes the soul!!! A WONDERFUL JOB on your card, Kia!!! ;)<3


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