Monday, June 07, 2021

Sugar Pea Designs - Floral Envie

Hellooo! So happy to be sharing my first guest post for SugarPea Designs today!  I've got a mixed media project for you - this dramatic Floral Envie image called for all kinds of layers and textures!

I started off with a layer of watercolor (these paints are QoR watercolors by Golden, and they're my go-to!), beginning with the shadow around and inside the envelope and then adding color to the leaves, flowers, and butterflies in a light wash.

I've been using my color wheel more lately, so I used it here for my color combination - the yellow and green-gold shade are at the top, and I used the smaller triangle guide in the center to choose a split complementary combination, pulling in the red-violet and blue-violet as accent colors. (BTW, I just got this mini color wheel, and I love it - great size and for that price you get two, so now I have one for my desk and one for my clay table! Actually if we're honest, I need all 5 that I have right now because I'm forever losing them...)

I layered with more watercolor and then the colored pencils above, plus a darker brown to deepen shadows and add detail to the stems and butterflies. The small white dots were done with a white Posca paint pen, and then I added a little more dimension using Bearly Art glue - it dries raised with a sort of matte finish, and really holds these fine lines nicely. Here it is still wet:
...and here you can see how it looks when dried.
I embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock, and shaped the little banner so it curves up at the end. The stitching and petite scallop on the die cut edge are just perfect! That die is from the Card Front Element Builder set, which has some sweet edge dies as well. 

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