Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Trail

So far I've been using distress markers and Zig clean colors markers for watercolor cards. I always feel that when coloring a stamped image, watercoloring and Copic marker coloring look just the same. I was not able to generate beatiful watercolor blooming effect and it probably because I was not able to let go. On top of that, Copic markers bring more contrast to shadings. So I used Copics for most of my cards.

Lately I had the opportunity to try Daniel Smith artist grade paints and was amazed by how easy it is to create blooming effect and bring bright contrast to the images. My skill certainly didn't improve. Or rather, it was rusted because the frequcny of me using watercolor was dropping. Then I realized it was the fine granularity pigment in watercolor markers that might be making it hard for me to generate watercolor texture. I don't know if that makes sense...

Nonetheless I was really amazed by the special texture these artist grade pigments bring. Below is the card I made with a DS watercolor palette.

My favorite of all is the texture this green apatite brings!

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

Supplies used in this card:
  • Purple Onion Designs happy trail stamp set (POD)
  • Purple Onion Designs 2 forest stamp set (POD)
  • Purple Onion Designs a beautiful day sentiment set (POD)


  1. Another pretty creation Katrina and a lovely happy feel to your scene, many thanks for joining us again at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  2. This has been beautifully coloured with the water colours Katrina, nice and strong colours too. A perfect make for our All Creatures Great and Small theme this month, Leanne DT xx

  3. What a fun card! Love this scene! Thanks for sharing at CAS on Friday!

  4. A very cute card, Katrina. I love your colours and colouring. Thank you for joining us at CAS on Friday. Luv, Wilma

  5. Such a adorable card! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
    x Daniela (DT)

  6. Wow beautiful watercoloring with the Daniel Smith Watercolors! I just found your blog recently & love your work!