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Negative Watercoloring

 Hello crafty friends.

This year, I have made a vow to learn how to use water-colors better.  To help with that, I have been doing the new weekly challenge at  Every Wednesday, there is a different technique with a video or tutorial.  I usually have to wait for the weekend due to pesky work!  Last week it was negative water-coloring.  I love it.  A quick way to get a group of flower or other items colored up and a cool look.  I know I didn't do it justice, but I like the results regardless.

Here is the page I did in my Journaling Bible.  I drew the flowers using some sheets from Soft Surroundings as my inspiration.  

Then I used my watercolors (my cheapest set because it is the easiest) and colored them up.  The page had some bleed thru from the page behind it, and I love how that ink caused the watercolor to take differently.  I added in some gold beads on the middle large flower for texture.  

Linking this to **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* - Texture.

The scripture is Psalm 128. I have read it fast in the past, and thought it a happy Psalm; I didn't really dig in and just enjoyed it. This time, I read a bit deeper. It is indeed sung at births and marriages and when homes are happy and praising God, but it has many deeper meanings. I focused on the fear of God as a beacon for living, making decisions, guiding your days in general. When we forget He is there and go about our lives, that is when we run into trouble and separate from Him. I have days like that - more than I care to admit. Focusing hard on not doing it today.

I added a little nod to RBG today, I don't know much about her faith or walk with God, but I loved her championship of minorities, the afflicted, and the persecuted. God loves us every one.

Here is a card I made with the same technique - drew the roses and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Miss You set.

Here are my cards for DRS Designs today - they are just quick watercolor washes which stamps - no coloring.  CAS but fun and quick.  I used the new DRS Designs Mountains and Treeline 2-in-1 stamp along with the Silhouette Hiker and Take a Hike and Let the Adventure Begin Greetings.  These are fun for anyone going on an outdoor trip, starting a new job, tackling a bucket list item, or even starting a new project.  

Thanks for stopping by!  




  1. Two beautiful projects Nancy, I love the gorgeous colours you have used on them both, they look very different coloured in different colours - a great idea to stamp the sentiment on vellum.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  2. Wow, what a stunning page and gorgeous card! I love the negative watercolouring technique that you used and the flowers painted so beautifully look amazing with the gold bead centres too - perfect 😀. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Art Journal Journey! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

  3. Both pieces are gorgeous! The journal page is stunning.Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

  4. Beautiful journal page and watercoloring Nancy. I agree, the bleed through gives some nice color variation. Hugs. Erika

  5. And I forgot to say thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey too.

  6. wonderful projects Nancy, love the negative space water colouing - great inspiration

  7. I like CAS cards and I love the cards you have been making. Beautiful flowers. Must say I am a fan of negative space with cards, not always done but when I achieve it I am so pleased.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  8. Your watercolor flowers are beautiful! I especially love the Bible journal page. I wonder how you manage to write so beautifully with that huge spiral binding in the way. Maybe you're a lefty ;-) Hugs, Eileen

  9. Lovely, lovely roses - I've yet to get the hang of negative watercolouring... I guess it's another of those things you've just got to do and then do again and then do again to get where you want to be.
    Alison x


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