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This is my final class for my Level 3. I chose Watercoloring Basics and Beyond with Jennifer Rzasa . One of the reasons for this choice is because I hadn’t done just a basics on watercoloring. While this class focuses on the use of the 36 Pan Watercolor Set  (my favorite set) it lays down lots of great information for beginning, and more experienced artists!

One of the first things recommended is to use or create color charts. While charts are available from Altenew.com, I chose to make my own using two different watercolor papers.

The first is the Arches hot pressed 140# watercolor paper. I used a stamp set to create my charts using a watersafe ink, and then a black sharpie to create the transparency/opacity line. This will help me to see how much any particular color will cover that black line.  This is really helpful when coloring a stamped image.

This next chart uses the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper in 100#. I was actually able to print the blank chart available at Altenew.com onto this paper from my printer. I simply added the black transparency line.

I am really glad I went ahead and did these charts, because I now have also created a better knowledge of the paints I am using, and how they behave individually. I really love this watercolor set, and I am looking forward to purchasing the additional sets that Altenew.com has available.

For my project today, I used the Precious Peony Stamp and Die Bundle embossed with white embossing powder to create a set of cards. I loved using all the elements in these cards, but the watercolored peonies are the star of the show! I created these by using a wet on wet technique, and the results are just lovely!

The color of the Purple Wine watercolor is just so beautiful, and really helps bring these cards to life. I also incorporated several of the techniques I learned over the courses I took, to help highlight this gorgeous set.

In this first card I stamped my background with the Rustic Linens Stamp Set and used the Halftone Thanks die to create my sentiment on a foam backing. I used the Altenew Antique Gold Pigment Ink to add some shine to my thanks!

In this card I used a stencil to create my hearts background using the Purple Wine Crisp Dye Ink, and I embossed my sentiment onto a vellum strip.

I let a piece of patterned paper from my scrap box do the work here. I simply added in a sentiment using the Halftone Smile and colored it in using the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Set.

My last card in this series was so simple. I added some washi tape to the side, and embossed a sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp Set to tie it together.

The more I watercolor the more I love it! Over these last few months of participating in the Altenew Educator Certificate Program, I am finally beginning to find my creative voice!

While I still have a great deal to learn, with all my heart, I  hope I am able to move forward with the final part of the program and get chosen for the certification portion and test!

I am ready!

It has been such a fun journey so far, and I love sharing it!

Rachael

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