Last month, I joined Paper Nest Dolls in Fort Myers, Florida, and taught some classes at their weekend retreat. Each of the classes would build upon each other starting with basic techniques to harder ones. Here’s what we did…
If you haven’t been yet, you should attend Jennifer Dove’s Boot Camp. It’s awesome and you learn so much! This last year I was blessed to attend but found myself without my Copic markers. Yikes! But never fear, my watercolors were near. So that’s what I took. I know it’s crazy, but what a great way to learn the medium in a different way. Check out what I did the first year HERE.
All of these images were colored on Hammermill Premium Color Copy paper with 30 year old student-grade watercolors. That’s right – these watercolors were so old and the caps so crusty that I had to cut the back ends off and squeeze the paint into trays so I could use them. But it was all good – I ended up getting five sets of watercolor trays so I shared them with my Mom and kiddos. Bonus! Anyway, without further ado, here’s what I colored at boot camp…
Here’s an inside look at the accordion scrapbook that Tina kitted up at the Paper Nest Dolls retreat in Florida. She put so much work into this project and it turned out great. I ended up putting all my picture in there from the bike rides that I took that weekend while I was in Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. The papers are from Echo Park and the images are from Paper Nest Dolls… colored in my style with creative color placement.
I had a fantastic time at the Paper Nest Dolls’ Sun & Fun Retreat in Florida this weekend and getting to know so many wonderful people!! For our final project, we created this bookmark using the alcohol drop method on the background. I love using handmade bookmarks so it’s fun to have another one to use. I’m using the Mermaid Set from Paper Nest Dolls to create this bookmark with papers and accessories from Echo Park “A Slice of Summer” series. Until next time… keep your world colorful! Ciao!
It’s day three of the Paper Nest Dolls’ Sun and Fun Retreat and if you’re lucky enough to have attended then this is a card you colored yesterday. On this project I’m using Bubbles Fun Owen from Paper Nest Dolls with paper and accessories from Echo Park “A Slice of Summer” series. My goal was to give some color to the bubble and reflect some of the elements around the character. I didn’t want realism but something that would convey the magic of summer. To do this, I added a mini rainbow in the bubble and then some white twinkles floating around.
Next project we’ll be making at the Paper Net Dolls’ Sun and Fun Retreat is this jellyfish card. I’m using the Mermaid Set from Paper Nest Dolls to create this bookmark with papers and accessories from Echo Park “A Slice of Summer” series. I like to color unexpectedly and not following the lines is a major part of that. That method is called Creative Color Placement and it’s as simple as adding plaid to a shirt, polka dots on a skirt, or in this case, making the dome of the jellyfish transparent. I think it adds a whole new perspective on what can be done through coloring.