Concord & 9th

Concord & 9th: Liquid Watercolors

Have you seen the latest release of Concord & 9th’s liquid watercolors? If you haven’t yet, let me share some details and inspirations with you! Of all the watercolor types in there liquid watercolors are my favorite because I don’t have spend much time in wetting a palette to pick up color. These Concord & 9th liquid watercolors are not only easy to ease, comes in beautiful, brilliant colors, but they match perfectly to their cardstock and inks and I know you love that as much as I do!

One of the first things I like to do when I work with a new set of watercolors is just to see how well it transitions and flows across my watercolor paper. I like to paint broad strokes, pulling the color while diluting my brush with water to create gradients. I was very impressed at how smoothly it applied. I used the colors Midnight, Peacock, Stardust and Honeysuckle. Just because it was part of a practice sheet, doesn’t mean you can’t turn that into a fun card so that’s exactly what I did here!

I used the In Bloom Stamp Set with its bold floral lines to stamp it in front of my painted strokes in black. I found stamp images with thick lines to be great to stand out in front of color backgrounds. I then used the Mix & Match Everyday Sentiments Bundle for my sentiment. I stamped it in Midnight ink, die cut the words out and added it to my card with foam tape.

Now that I was more comfortable working with the liquid watercolors, I wanted to paint something a little more detailed. On this card, I used the Meadows Blossom Bundle. I stamped the large floral image in Linen distress ink first, not necessarily with the intention to do no-line painting, but rather to get the outlines there so that I can apply a thin wash to the background easily. I used a very diluted shade of the Midnight liquid watercolor.

When I work with watercolors, I really like to take advantage of its flowy properties and mix in different variants of colors. You can see that both my flower petals and leaves use a mixture of paints to give the variation and gradients in the colors! I used the same watercolors I did with the first card, Midnight, Peacock, Stardust and Honeysuckle. I then went over the image again and heat embossed it in white to get some of the outlines of the flowers in. I finished off the card with a sentiment heat embossed in white on black card stock and added it to the card with foam tape.

Hope you enjoy today’s use of the Concord & 9th liquid watercolors!