I've had at least one request for a watercoloring tutorial...I'm not sure if this is exactly a tutorial, but I'll walk you through a watercolored piece step-by step. Hopefully it's helpful for you!
I chose an image from Embossing Arts, now carried by I Brake for Stamps....I love tea, and tea images, and this has great bold areas for painting, and besides - I haven't used it for a looooooooooong time! I stamped the image in Stazon Jet Black ink - for watercoloring you'll need a waterproof ink. Other supplies used are a Niji Waterbrush and Derwent Watercolor Pencils. Hint - for watercoloring too - especially if you use cheap watercolor paper (like me!) that has deep texture - keep a fine tip permanent marker handy to fill in where your stamp image doesn't cover.
My first step was to establish my background. I made a horizontal line with a brown pencil and also created a shadow for the teapot. This grounds the image, or makes it look like it's sitting on something. When you do your initial coloring with the pencils, imagine where a shadow would fall if the object were real, and color there the darkest.
After the base, I created a shadow around the teapot and flowers with a light blue, then shaded and highlighted the leaves and the roses. Finally, I added a grey shadow to give the teapot some dimension.
When you have your color areas established, grab your waterbrush and start blending. In a single color area, blend from dark to light. If you are working in an area where you've colored darker and lighter areas, blend the lighter areas first, then blend the darker areas into the lighter - otherwise you'll lose your lighter areas altogether. If you find that you haven't put in enough color to begin with, you can pick up color directly from your pencil with your brush, as shown. Continue blending, one color area at a time.
I added a little glitter with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen (the clear one) - I've discovered that if you scribble a little on an acrylic block or coated paper, you can pick up the ink and paint with it. I love the sparkles that adds. Here's a visual, if you can see it...........
.............and the final card.
If you have questions, feel free to post...I'll see what I can do to answer them.........!