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Watercolour with cohesive colours – 1 stunning fun technique

One way to create an impact is to watercolour with cohesive colours. Today I was able to create a lovely big card (5×7″) using one of the stunning florals in the Altenew Watercolour colouring book.

This watercolour colouring book has so many beautiful florals to colour, whether you turn them in to a card or just use them to practice. I took the Polychromatic cardmaking class at the Altenew academy and it inspired this card today. 

I really enjoyed the class where Nina talked about use similar colours or colours that are close colour families to colour in with. I thought I would challenge myself with this and colour a floral. Instead of using the go to green to colour the leaves, I choose a colour in a close colour family and I love how it turned out!

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Watercolour with cohesive colours

Watercolour with cohesive colours: adding colour

Start off by laying a flat colour wash of a pale pink/red onto a petal of a floral from the Altenew Watercolour colouring book. For this card I used the Artist’s Watercolour 24 pan set along with the Artist’s Watercolor Detailed Brushes. Repeat this for several petals ensuring they’re not adjacent to one another as we don’t want the colour to bleed.

Watercolour with cohesive colours

Once those petals are dry, start adding some darker layers of colour to the petals, adding a darker shade towards the base of the petals or where there are folds present creating shadows. Repeat this for all the petals of the flowers.

 For the leaves, I decided to use a cohesive colour with the pink flowers to create a visually appealing card. Yes, leaves aren’t normally purple, but I wanted to create a soft card and the purple leaves pair well with the pink. 

Repeat the same process with the leaves, laying a flat colour wash first before going in with more colours layering this up for depth and dimension. Once the floral is complete, fussy cut the image out. 

Watercolour with cohesive colours: assembling the card

To create the card, add a white die-cut using the Grid cover plate die to a 5×7″ card base. Next, foam mount the floral onto the front and add a heat embossed sentiment from the Altenew Celebrate Today stamp set.  

Lastly, add a few sequins scattered around the floral to finish the card off. 

Watercolour with cohesive colours

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Celebrate Today stamp set - Altenew
Celebrate Today stamp set – Altenew
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Grid Cover Die - Altenew
Grid Cover Die – Altenew
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Watercolor Coloring Book - Altenew
Watercolor Coloring Book – Altenew
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Stress-Free Coloring Book and Watercolor Brushes Bundle – Altenew
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Florals Coloring Book and Watercolor Bundle – Altenew
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Artists’ Watercolor Brushes – Detailed
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Artists Watercolour 24 pan set – Altenew
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad
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Trim and Score Board – We R Memory Keepers
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Polychromatic Class - Altenew
Polychromatic Class – Altenew
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