Saturday, June 11, 2016

Inspired by All The Little Things - Hydrangea

Happy Saturday!  We made it through the week!  Time for a little R & R.  Thank goodness!!! Summer always has me feeling torn between wanting to be outside having getting things done inside.   I love having family over and sitting in the yard bird watching or tending the garden!   I'm really enjoying seeing all the seeds sprouting!  A few things haven't come up yet and I'm debating replanting.  I'm sure going to hate seeing the water bill this month!  

It's my turn to pick a guest for the Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge!  I'm happy to announce that Jill Foster is joining us this week!  You'll know Jill from her blog Studio Sessions Art, and her videos on YouTube here.  I really admire her style - she's a risk taker - never afraid to layer on some gesso or a splash of watercolor.

The inspiration photo is a collaboration of sorts.  I usually choose a handful of photos that I think will appeal to my guest, and let them choose the one they like best.  Jill settled on these hydrangeas - I expect the loose watercolors spoke to her, and the yummy purple spoke to me! 


I admit I'm still a novice at watercolors - and while you might not believe that looking at this one (or maybe you do! LOL!) I painted this panel more times than I care to admit.  Canson (my favorite watercolor paper) might notice an increase in sales this past month for all the sheets I scrapped.
My favorite watercolors are Peerless - their ability to blend is unmatched by any other brand I've tried.. and again.. there have been MANY. 

I stamped and embossed the Hydrangea image from Ellen Hutson and then watercolored the image.  The colored leaf stamping was added after the watercolors were dry. I wanted to mimic the photo - it has white outlined flowers and a green line drawing of a leaf.
The word die is from Memory Box, and the finishing touch was a sprinkle of gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Wait until you see what our clever design team made! Just click on their names to jump to their blog


Or you can visit us at Inspired By All The Little Things where you can link up your design! I can't wait to see what you make!!




Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Ellen Hutson Hydrangea
Dies | Memory Box Create | Avery Elle Wonky Stitches
Watercolors | Peerless
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh

18 comments:

Ardyth said...

This is beautiful! Love the loose painting and the vibrant colours!

lecardonbleu.com said...

Jeanne this is beaU-tiful!!!

Betty Keefe said...

your card is gorgeous, Jeanne.

Marybeth said...

Wow , what a beauty this one is! Love the simple touch of gold!

Tracey McNeely said...

Jeanne this card is gorgeous and you are watercolouring like a pro my friend!

Karren said...

Beautiful card, Jeanne and it certainly doesn't look like a novice painted it :)

~amy~ said...

sigh, I love this.

LauraJane:) said...

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration photo! Your card looks fabulous!

Sheri Gilson said...

Gorgeous! Love your watercoloring and fabulous take on the inspiration photo!

Diane Jaquay said...

GASP, WOW, Jeanne, this is so gorgeous!!!

Keeway Tsao said...

Gorgeous! The watercoloring is amazing!

Lisa said...

Oh my stars, this is spectacular Jeanne!!

Leigh Penner said...

This is gorgeous, Jeanne and so fun! I love how you mixed the shades of purple! Fabulous take on the inspiration photo!

Kara Lynne said...

I'm in love with this card, Jeanne! You've captured the inspiration perfectly! I hope I can play along.

Kim Heggins said...

Just beautiful Jeanne...love your gorgeous flower in all the wonderful shades of purple!

KimCreate said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I've been wanting this mondo flower stamp. You water colored it beautifully!

Sharron said...

So amazing and gorgeous! The watercoloring looks so vibrant and pretty!

Marcie Sharp said...

This is just so lovely. I love the loose watercolouring and it fits the inspiration photo perfectly.