Wednesday, 18 January 2012

WOYWW and some watercolours....

Wednesday again already, time for another snoop around about 150 or so desks in various stages of disarray. Hop over to the head honchos desk, Julia Dunnit, who keeps an unruly bunch in order every Wednesday, and join in the mayhem that is WOYWW

So what's on mine? A box containing the full set of Letraset watercolour markers, which have been very underused while I chased after perfection with my ProMarkers. Perfection elusive, I unearthed my watercolour markers, went and bought a set of brushes from The Works, and started playing. I found the colours too intense in the main if I applied with the nibs, but you get a wonderful splashy watercolour effect if you scribble the nib onto a hard surface (I used a glass stamping block) and pick up the colour with a brush.


 You might be interested to look up while you are here, I have a shelf in my converted cupboard, here is a tin tray screwed to it, a few magnetic dots, and voila, a little forest of stalactite stickles and liquid pearls 




 and here is the end result of an afternoons splashing about with water and baby wipes. The stamp is perfect for watercolours, I don't have many that will fit the bill, but I will be on the lookout for more scene type stamps now


I found it much more difficult to get an impression of light and shade than with Promarkers, but many soggy pieces of paper later, realised that less is more, and that I need more practice! 


I'll be back tomorrow with more soggy, splodgy, watercoloured cards. See you then 

66 comments:

Brigitte said...

WOW, I LOVE your card!!! The colours are so soft and beautiful, you worked wonders!!! And what a great idea with the upside down Stickles and pearls. Hugs, Brigitte

Kellylouj said...

Wow this is wonderful but I doubt anything I will try soon am still trying to master promarkers!

KraftyKaren said...

Fab card - your colouring is beautiful. I'm the other way round - I love my watercolour pencils but struggling to get to grips with Promarkers.

I love your storage system for the stickles - inspired!

Karen

S.Bayles said...

Enfys,
This is so pretty and delicate looking. The soft colors are wonderful. Great job. I love the idea with the upside down Stickles and pearls.....Working on organizing my stamps. Not sure what I will end up with year. I am going to try and enter the challenge I would love to win the promarkers. Thanks again for all you do for us and good luck to everyone.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow! the card is gorgeous. I love the water colors and it was worth all the effort you put in. Love it. TFS

Whimcees said...

Hello!

The way you have the Stickles is so weirdly wonderful that I am in awe! What fun! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

jude said...

Love your cards hun and what different way to store your stickles upside down..lol
Have creative week and happy WOYWW
judex 14

Anonymous said...

This card is really beautiful, I love the colors and light!

Jan S.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm impressed with your Stickles storage. I don't have any, but if I did, I would love to try that upside down trick. Happy WOYWW from #1.

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

love the card, and love the magnetic idea even more :))
Have a very happy woyww day
Jennie #5

sandra de said...

Your stickle storage solution is a hoot. I am in awe of your promarker collection.

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Enfys.

Hugs Riet.xx

kath said...

love your watercolour look en...practice make perfection as they say...thanks for sharing your workdesk...hugs kath xxx

Neil said...

Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us WOYWWers this morning! I hope you have a wonderful week. Love your stickle storage!
Neil # 34

May said...

Your card is beautiful the colours are so soft, Love the stickles storage what a great idea, Hugs May x x x x x

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Wow, your water-colouring looks amazing Enfys! I wasn't a fan of Aquamarkers at first but I've grown to love them and you have inspired me to get them out for my craft session today.
I also love your tin and magnet storage, what a great idea!
Hugs, Clare x

pinky said...

it looks so gorgeous Enfys, the colours are so soft and perfect for that image. I am in love with your magnetic storage!!

Angenita said...

The card is beautifull. Love it!
Your magnetic storage made me smile. It's a fantastic idea.

Ann B said...

Stickles stalactites - very novel and a great idea. Just make sure you put the tops back on properly otherwise you may end up with Stickles stalagmites on your head.
Ann B
#41

Trish Latimer said...

Love the upside down stickles! genius!
Trish xx #52

Nannieflash said...

Hi Enfys I was begining to think youd put that photo on upside down and luckily after reading through realised it was the right way up. I do love your card and yes do keep practicing its gorgeous. hugs Shirleyx

inkypinkycraft said...

Pretty card, your stickle storage I s awesome!!! Happy woyww hugs trace x no9

okienurse said...

love your card! I can't do markers! I have tried a variety of types but can't seem to get the hang of it! Love the stickles idea! Have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #33

Sarah said...

Love your delicate card - great image! Was fighting with Glossy Accents last night - the hanging plate is genius! Thanks for sharing with WOYWW? today! Sarah at 4.

Beckyt said...

what a great storage idea very innovative. Also love the card I have been tempted to try the aqua markers but have yet to properly master pro markers x

Becky#45

Stephanie said...

That's a beautiful card. I love your style of coloring. It really is gorgeous. I always enjoy your posts.

Susan said...

En, your watercolor card is stunning! I love the stamp and the subtlety of your coloring and shadows are just fabulous! And the stickles storage is just so "you"!!
Thank you so much for sharing! I just love hearing from you every day.
Sue Brailey

CraftyCooky said...

Good morning Enfys, love the card and what a great idea for the stickles. Have a great day.
xo
Claire

Jessica said...

Lol you do make me giggle! I love this card! I'm not too good with water color. But I love the look of it. Your shading is great. And the magnetic stickles.... priceless! Hugs

Maryellen Webber said...

I love how this card turned out!
You did a wonderful coloring it! I
wouldn't have any idea how to water coloring this image. I love
how you store your stickles, very
crafty!!!
Hugs,
Maryellen :D

Linda said...

I think it looks wonderful. I didn't know they made water colors. Very cool.
Great idea for your stickles. I love creative storage ideas. I am looking for a good one for my 12 X12 paper.

Karen said...

I love your card, its so pretty and the colours are just perfect :)

Have a fab WOYWW and have a great week, Luv Karen #86

famfa said...

at first i thought you had posted a picture upside down. silly me. how inventive. love the pink card.

pcrusberg said...

That card is absolutely gorgeous!

Robin Panzer Art said...

The watercolor card turned out absolutely lovely! I love your stalactites! Happy WOYWW #23 ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Sherry Edwards said...

Your card is very pretty and I LOVE your upside down magnetic storage tray - ingenious!!

Thanks for already stopping by my desk today.

Sherry (37)

Debbie said...

This card is soooo lovely, Enfys. I'm in love. I've always loved water color anyway and you did a beautiful job. I hear you laughing and saying, if I could only see what went into the bin, but that's true of all of us ;- ) I also think your storage for stickler and such is amazing. What a great idea. I may have to go and form some stalagtites in my room. Have a great day.

Whimsey said...

So beautiful and elegant; love the texture and your coloring is phenomenal...as always!!

Hugs,
Michele

MizMaryAnn said...

Your card is so beautiful. It's pretty enough to frame! Your Stickle storage is awesome.

Judie aka Craftymess said...

way to go with the storage !! thats a brilliant idea love it, the card is also a brilliant work of art

hugs and thanks for the snoop
Judie xx

1CardCreator said...

Beautifully water colored card Enfys. I love your storage for Stickles too.

Yours Artfully said...

Genius idea for your Stickles. Must try that with my glossy accents!

Lin

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Now you see, I admire your ingenuity with the upside down bottles, but just know that if I tried that, I'd end up with multi coloured painty hair!!
Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Great idea of Jan's if you fancy a new hair colour take off the lids and wait! Great use of space :) Happy practising looked pretty good to me already though :)

Li'l Pidge said...

ooh, love your watercolouring....but especially your stickle storage....genius!

Kyla #39

Brenda B said...

Superb Stickles storage I have to say!! Wonder if I can use the ceiling??! Love how the card turned out, every technique needs a bit of practice, and then you'll be showing us all how it's done. I watercolour all the time, mainly with Distress Inks, they work out very well too if you have any.

Hugs
Brenda 104

Cheryl Winget said...

Stalactite storage - brilliant idea! Love your card, too. You did wonderfully well in keeping it soft and feminine looking.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for stopping by. Love the upside down idea. Your water colouring is wonderful. Such a pretty card. Happy WOYWW and Enjoy the week.

fairy thoughts said...

love your upside down glues I never cease to be amazed at crafters inguinuity. fantastic.
I have been using the aqua promarkers for about 5 years now and think they are much softer than the other type.
I find it is best to use a water brush .. kuretake h2o are very good and are available in different sizes.
love your picture though, thanks for sharing
janet #35

Debs said...

Fabulous watercolours, thank you for sharing

Neet said...

Love that stamp - I have it too. Great card you have made with it. Good idea with the magnets. Thanks for sharing Hugs Neet 11

Patty said...

Very, very cute stamp image...and you did a great job coloring!!

Patty

VonnyK said...

The upside down holder is fantastic, so simple but so clever.
Love your cards, the colour is so soft.
Von #30 :)

voodoo vixen said...

Love your tray with the stickles... fab idea as I always want them to be upside down so you can use them straight away!! Your card is lovely, I have no patience for colouring in so just admire from a distance!!

Tuire said...

Beautiful card! Your upside down tray system is just brilliant!
Tuire xx

dianneo said...

I've used the Letraset markers before. They are really nice! Have a great week! -dianneo #123

505whimsygirl said...

Your watercolor card is just beautiful - very soft. I was wondering if my eyes were playing tricks with the upside down bottles! haaa

Happy WOYWW
Kay
#117

Jackie said...

Your card is beautiful!
I can remember seeing your 'Stickles Storage' a couple of years ago and thinking then how brilliant it was :)
Jackie #119

Katie said...

I love your card! The colors work so perfectly with the scene! Your sickles storage is great!

Happy WOYWW (on Thursday!)
Katie #16

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Watercoloring is one of those techniques that I just cannot master. Surely, yours can't be any splotchier and wetter than what I've done, in fact I can see it's not.

Penni said...

Super Stickle Storage !!!

Hugs
Penni (50)
X

Kristie Maynard said...

Brilliant idea for the Stickles etc. makes me wish I had some kind of overhang somewhere in my crafting room!

Great job on the card, very soft and pretty.

lisa said...

Your water colouring is really beautiful, En, so delicate.
I had to laugh at your stickles hanging there with gravity defying magic!!
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax 101

minnie_mac said...

Love your water colours.

Marilyn

Lou said...

Oh a brilliant storage for stickles and pearls - i think the card is lovely, I haven't used aquamarkers but think i would like to add some to my collection, i find practise practise practise is the way with all crafting, love the style of your blog nice and bright and easy to read and really beautiful cards. Lou xxx

Morti said...

Fabulous card, hun, and I just LOVE the way you store your stickles. Definitely one to put on the storage list for when I have my own home again!

Thanks for stopping by!