Hi there! Today, Altenew is celebrating their new Paint-A-Flower: Magnolia Rustica release with a blog hop! You should have arrived here from the Altenew Card Blog, and your next stop is Ann Taylor. In my book, the bigger the bloom, the better for coloring, and these beautiful blooms from the Paint-A-Flower: Magnolia Rustica are gigantic and so fun to paint! Let’s get started with the details on my project.
I began by heat embossing the gorgeous Paint-A-Flower: Magnolia Rustica in the center of an A2 panel of watercolor paper using gold embossing powder. I knew that I wanted to paint a dark, vibrant, intense background for some light pink magnolias, so I taped my panel down to my watercolor board using some painter’s tape, then mixed some vivid maroon-y fuchsia using the Artist’s 24 Pan Watercolor. The colors included in the Artist’s 24 Pan Watercolor set are gorgeous in and of themselves, but I have found myself wanting to stretch my color palette even further lately by mixing and matching various shades to create completely unique custom colors. I created this intense deep pink by mixing Cherry Blossom (bright pink), Shades of Purple (amethyst purple), and a touch of Rock Collection (black). I encourage you to try mixing different shades on your own watercolor palette. It opens up a world of possibilities!
After I had created the deep pink halo around my floral image in the center of the watercolor panel, I worked on the Magnolia image itself. I painted the area around it first because I wanted to do some reverse artistic psychology on my eyes and make stark the contrast between the intense halo surrounding the flower and the flower itself. I diluted the same shade of deep pink used on the halo down a bit using clean water, then painted the flowers, keeping the color concentrated in the center of the blooms and using lots of water to pull that small amount of color out in a smooth fade to white. The contrast between the background and the flowers helps to keep me from adding too much color to the flowers and keeps them to light.
While my painting was drying (still taped to my board to keep it from warping) I die cut the detailed Handwritten Hello die twice from some scrap white cardstock and once from some matte gold foil cardstock. I layered all of the pieces together using liquid adhesive to create a dimensional die cut greeting. I also gold embossed a greeting from Sentiment Strips 3 onto a thin strip of maroon cardstock, adhering it to the card front using some foam tape.
Well that’s all for my project today! Now for some fun giveaway information:
$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/28/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/30/2022.
Your next stop is Ann Taylor. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!