Altenew: Creative Watercolor

Creativity is intelligence having fun – Albert Einstein


I don’t know how much intelligence went into this project but there was definitely fun! I usually approach watercolors with trepidation but the loose feel of this Altenew stamp called ‘Sketchy Florals’ put me in the right mood. And as a change to using traditional watercolors I took the recommendation from the class ‘Creative Watercolors’ to use dye reinkers as the paint medium. I found the result is a little different when it comes to the glazing effect associated with traditional watercolors but I loved how easy it was to get color saturation.

Orchid Spray

The flowers in this stamp reminded me of the phalaenopsis orchids that are blooming in my front window so I took my color inspiration from them. I always stamp an image on watercolor paper using my trusty Misti and before painting I heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder. While beautiful, the embossing is practical too, creating mini color wells to maintain separation amongst the image elements.

To create my ‘paint’ I squeezed a scant drop of reinker and mixed in a similarly sized drop of water. Reinkers are intense so a little goes a long way and the slight dilution allowed for an saturation of color that could be further diluted later if needed.

Generally I used a wet on wet technique adding clean water to an area then tapping in the paint, adding more layers of color as needed. This loose painting of the images in layers of color with varying amounts of water resulted in a mix of hard and soft edges and visual interest. Once mostly dry I added mottled dots to the flowers just like my own orchids. The background was also added in layers to create a sculptured feel and ground the florals.

The watercolor panel was left to dry and trimmed to size. Waiting to this point in the process to add a sentiment allowed me various placement options. I didn’t want to cover any of the painting, not even with see-through vellum, so a added a gold embossed ‘hello’ from the same stamp set in the lower right.  The final touch was to flick both a diluted darkest pink and gold metallic paint on the panel using rough masks torn from text paper to cover image and sentiment.  Once dry, the panel was adhered to an A2 card base.

Orchid Spray

Thoughtful Purple:

Stamps: Altenew: Sketchy Florals
Paper: Ranger: Distress Watercolor Paper; Neenah 80lb Classic Crest: Solar White
Ink: Altenew Dye Reinkers: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Razzleberry, Marigold, Snapdragon, Mountain Mist, Bamboo, Parrot, Olive; Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder; Gansai Tombi: Starry Colors, Yellow Gold; Escoda Versitil Travel Brushes #2, #4

  1. Erum Tasneem

    Love the beautiful watercolour effect you achieved with the reinkers, Deb! I love this stamp set. It looks gorgeous paired with gold and the colours you chose.
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery. Beautifully done!

    • Deb Hurtig

      Much appreciated especially from a watercolorist like you! Cheers?

  2. Virginia Lu

    I love the intensity and variegation of watercolor! Bravo! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. I love your write-up and descriptions! Please keep up with your excellent work!

    • Deb Hurtig

      Much appreciated!


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