Create in Color with Sandy Allnock
Our good friend Sandy is joining us today for another edition of Create in Color. Each month, Sandy shares a useful coloring technique for you to incorporate into your repertoire. This month, she’s creating with Safari Friends and a cool watercolor technique. Let’s see what she’s done!
I’m Sandy Allnock and I want to say hello to all my fellow colorists, and a special hello to those who are joining in for World Watercolor Month!
The folks at DoodleWash sponsor a celebration of watercolor every July, and people all over the world participate — be sure to check out #worldwatercolormonth on your favorite social media to see more. DoodleWash’s prompts are applicable to crafters but some of them are more focused on those creating fine art, so I took the liberty of creating alternate prompts that work a bit better for cardmakers and Biblejournalers…these categories provide a little more flexibility:
All that brings me to my project for today. It’s the 16th, which means “generous” is the prompt so I went for “generous” spotlighting on this cute lion! The stamp set has safari animals but oh man, I envisioned this little guy in a dramatic spotlight in a circus!
I also had another motivation for honoring this lion; I read an article about how a pride of lions executed a bit of justice on behalf of some rhino poachers who had broken into a game preserve. I don’t celebrate the loss of life — and I’m guessing the lions weren’t really thinking they were protecting the rhinos but…perhaps other poachers will think twice before going after beautiful animals.
Alrighty, enough of my motivation for this card — let’s get on to seeing how it’s done!
Wasn’t the washing off of paint lovely? Several instructors I’ve taken classes from do this and I’m only just learning to figure out how dry the pigment needs to be to create different effects. It takes a LOT of practice so if you try this, don’t be disappointed if you struggle!
I used three simple colors for this: Daniel Smith’s Paynes Blue Gray for the background, and Hansa Yellow Light and Aussie Red Gold for the lion. Lately, I’ve begun to appreciate the simplicity of limiting my palette — it can really yield some dramatic results!
You might also note I used a wide brush for the background — this is a Cosmo Spin 30, and it does a nice job of releasing pigment. Other flat brushes can do a similar thing but I also like that I can make a thin line with it sometimes as needed as well. My other brushes are Silver Black Velvet Round brushes and I most often reach for an #8 and #12.
Hope you enjoyed this and that you’ll join in for World Watercolor Month too!
Let the watercolor workput commence! If you’re short on watercolor supplies, take a quick peek at our watercolor category to stock your stash. If you create something special inspired by Sandy’s technique, be sure to tag #mftstamps in your social media uploads. Happy coloring!