Monday, October 31, 2011

Outlines Rubber Stamps Challenge - Friendly Fliers

Hello!!!  It's Monday and time for a new Outlines Rubber Stamp design team challengeJoin the Design Team in our weekly challenges with a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate each week!  Please check out the details of how to play and win on the Outlines Blog

This week our challenge was to create a card with any image of something that flies... butterflies, birds, ladybugs... and Outlines has so many great options.  I hope you'll create along with us this week!

Framed Birds

I admit... I reach for my copic markers before other color media all the time.  I love the vibrant colors and the ease of blending.  However with this project, I decided to do a little something different.  I put down the Copic markers and didn't make a card. **gasp**

I stamped the Easter Birdies (I-1152) image with Coffee Archival ink (a waterproof ink that will stand up to painting) on hot pressed watercolor paper.  If you've never used a hot pressed watercolor paper, you're in for a treat.  The paper has a smoother texture than the more common cold pressed variety, but it's smooth texture is perfect for a stamped image.  You get a crisper image with ink as your foundation.  I used my Derwent watercolor pencils to paint my image.  My preferred technique when watercoloring is to hold the pencil and pull color from the tip of the pencil with a waterbrush.

When I'm satisfied with my painting, I like to go back in and flick a dark brown color over the image.  It looks great on the eggs - speckled with a darker color.  After it's all dry, I added Cream Pearl paint by Viva to the centers of each flower and framed simply in a black frame.

I'd love it if you stopped by to visit the other designers for more inspiration.  And don't forget you can join in our fun!

Kecia Waters
Sue Kment
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp - DT Coordinator
Robin Kirkpatrick
Sandy Hulsart 

Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Easter Birdies (I-1152) by Outlines Rubber Stamps
Ink: Coffee Archival ink by Ranger
Paper: Acquarello hot pressed watercolor paper by Fabriano (simply delicious paper!!), teal paper by Bazzill
Other: Derwent watercolor pencils, Aqua-Flow Water Barrel Brushes, Cream Pearl paint by Viva Decor, black frame


  1. Lovely, Lisa! It's awful hard not to reach for the Copics, I totally understand! Nice job with the watercoloring... it is beautiful!

  2. I LOVE watercoloring...just don't have the skills for it...that is my favorite coloring mode so this has to be a favorite of mine!

  3. Really beautiful, Lisa! Love the watercoloring, the brown splatters and the pearl pen accents - great project!

  4. WOWZERS! Impressive watercoloring. So soft and beautiful. I especially like the work around the birds' bellies.