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Two ways to color Matchless Magnolia

Recently in my Instagram stories I shared a work-in-progress version of me watercoloring the Matchless Magnolia. I did finish that one and also made one more. Process / steps for both are pretty straightforward. Print, cut, color and mount on cardbase + stamp a sentiment. So I'd like to focus today's post mainly on the coloring step.


Card 1:


For this one I used Derwent Inktense pencils and Studio 71 watercolor pencils and also a little bit of Altenew watercolors.


First I laid down very light wash with Altenew watercolor on one petal of a flower. Then I did the same thing with other petals / areas that were not touching directly to the one I had colored. This way I did the first wash on all flowers. By the time I came back the first flower, mostly it's initially colored petals were almost dry. Since this image has so many areas, it was easy to move on from one to another.


Once all the flowers had got the first wash of color, I started adding highlights with my pencils. Both of these react gorgeously to water and work like butter. I love doing this. At this step I control whether the lines stay as lines or blend into the coloring. For example, for the bird, I added really tiny dots of brown and blended them only slightly.


I hope I explained that adequately. May be one day I will do a reel/igtv video of my coloring process. Let's see :-)


Card 2:




For this one, I used only coloring pencils - Nuvo and Prima Marketing ones. No water. I kept the coloring really simple with adding mostly lines only. No full coloring on most petals. The key thing I focused on, was to color each petal on its own.


I think both of these are not the best works of art or anything. I have a lot of areas of improvement. But at the same time, I am not unhappy with how these turned out either. They look okay :-)


What do you think? Out of the two - watercoloring and coloring with pencils - which method / medium do you like better? Do let me know in the comments below.


Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!





Hugs! ~Varada

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