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Digging into the Abstract

Hello crafty card makers! Today we will explore some watercolor techniques and abstract design using The Stamps of Life May Garden2stamp Stamp and Die Set. The great Henri Matisse was my inspiration for this project. He was revolutionary in the development of vibrant fluid abstract art. I thought it only more than befitting to simulate a piece from one of his greatest artworks. A minuscule tribute to an extraordinary artist who led the way in Fauvism. Let's go ahead and start!

I start with a larger panel of Canson Cold Press watercolor paper and place it on to my cutting board for a nice hard surface. I take some 1/8" painter's tape and lay down my desired background. I wanted to create four color blocks. I watercolor 4 blocks and use a heat gun to dry the CS. After each block is dry, I move the tape so that each block will meet. Then, I doodle in simple designs as Matisse did in his artwork but slightly varying the designs just a bit. I watercolor all the desired pieces from Garden2Stamp for my focal piece.

I die cut Cranberry Check Plaid from the Hey Friend Collection Paper Pad, which is a favorite of mine, using the largest Stitched Rectangle die. Next, I cut down my watercolor background and adhere it to Cranberry Check Plaid pattern paper. I place some foam tape on the back of my watering can to add a bit of dimension and pair it with the "I dig you" sentiment.

I really enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone and exploring this new medium. Thank you for stopping by today!

Enjoy your Memorial Weekend! Thank you to all that have served and are on active duty!!


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