This card is the fourth in my easy watercolour backgrounds series. I have so many ideas for this series! This particular card was inspired after a trip to an art gallery and a picture by Philip Reeves which played around with a triptych and swatch design. I love creating swatches, particularly graduated blocks of colour that give the paint a work out from its deepest hues to the barest of highlights. When I get new art supplies, one of my favourite things to do is to sit and swatch them out to see how they behave. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links are used where possible at no cost to you.
TRIPTYCH GRADUATED BLOCKS
This clean and simple card started on a piece of Arches Cold-pressed Watercolour card. I measured out the areas I wanted to paint and used narrow washi tape to mask the areas around the blocks. I then pulled three colours from my stash of Daniel Smith paints and watercoloured, keeping a rich deep strength of colour at the base of the block and pulling the colour up with a wet brush, slowly rinsing the colour out of the brush until the faintest of tints remained by the top of the block. The beauty of this design is that it can be adapted to the recipient – dusky pinks with a gold embossed leaf would look stunning. Icy blues with a silver embossed leaf or even thinking of it snowflakes. This design can be adapted to any colour scheme or occasion.
I stamped the leaf from the Be Kind set, and the greeting from the Tiny Words set both from Simon Says Stamp in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then splattered with gold paint.
I foam mounted the panel on a Fog card base and to finish accented with Copper Penny Nuvo droplets.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
Just absolutely elegant and classy! You make it look and sound so easy…. So enjoy seeing your projects…
WOW! Simply stunning! I could see sending this to my father-in-law. The rectangles look metallic! Great color combination! Thank you for the inspiration!
Fabulous card, such a simple design but such stunning result.
Thank you so much for sharing Debby and have a wonderful weekend.
Abs beautiful, this is jaw droppingly stunning! I love it, the balance, colours, the whole design is sublime, and totally inspiring, thanks so much for sharing your talent.
Just stunning!!! Suex
The cards you make with this stamp set are stunning! I should clarify that all cards you make are stunning. But I particularly like this card, and the cards you have made with the new SSS stamp set.
I think I could recreate a similar look with my limited water colour skills. I also seem to have an issue mounting water colour paper on white card stock as the colours don’t match and look off a bit. I really like the fog card stock as their is enough of a contrast that it looks good, but still keeps the main focus on the water colour piece.
I am also really looking forward to your other simple water colour pieces in the near future.