Watercolor Weekend | Holiday Puppy


Yup, you guessed it, it’s Watercolor Weekend again and I have created this sweet little Holiday puppy sitting on a snowy bench.  I originally started off with a sleeping puppy but then I thought it looked like a cold little puppy on a bench which didn’t seem very cheerful.

Onto the card details

I started out stamping the puppy  (which I used a stamp positioner to get him straight) with Sepia.  I pulled the color out of the lines.  I added some color to my palette and filled him in.  I darkened in  his ears, eyes and nose with the fine tip of the marker.  I decided to draw in a color and cuffs to make him look like he was wearing a sweater.  I added some white gel pen dots to jazz it up.  I created a mask and used it to protect him.

Using my stamp positioner, I stamped the bench over the masked puppy.  I didn’t ink up the area where the snow is on the bench.  I pulled the color out of the lines and added some squiggly lines with my Sepia and darkened some areas.  I drew in a wavy line for the lights and added some English Red, African Violet, Brilliant Yellow and Pine Green circles to make them look like lights.

Watercolor Weekend | Holiday Puppy

I inked up the tree trunk with Sepia and the small top of the Fir tree and stamped it to the right of the bench.  I added the light to the left leaving off where the wreath would be.  I added Brilliant Yellow to the lamp and on a few areas on the snow.  I added some masking fluid where the wreath would be to be able to add some ornaments.  I then used the positioner to stamp the wreath in Pine Green.  I added African Violet and English Red ornaments to the wreath.

Using the fine tip of my African Violet I drew in some the snow and pulled the color above the line to leave the snow white but it creates a shadow.  I used African Violet to create the sky.

I cut the picture out with the stitched rectangle die and mounted it on a piece of Gina K Designs Cranberry Tart cardstock.  I added the Season’s Greetings sentiment which is also from Gina K.

I hope you get a little holiday inspiration and I hope you will join me, Dot and Tricia over at the Art Impressions Blog for Watercolor Weekend.  Upload your projects on Instagram and tag us, we would love to see your projects.

More holiday inspiration – https://www.tobinartstudio.com/watercolor-tutorial-christmas-window/


Watercolor Weekend | Thankful Pumpkin Trio

Watercolor Weekend | Thankful Pumpkin Trio

I am featuring my last Fall project for Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend.  I thought this would be perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Card Details – Watercolor Weekend | Thankful Pumpkin Trio

I used the pumpkin stamp as a container for the fall flowers.  I first inked half of the pumpkin stamp with African Violet and Sepia.  I wanted my pumpkins to be white, leaving off the top of the pumpkin to allow for the flowers to spill out the front and sides.

Watercolor Weekend | Thankful Pumpkin Trio

I added the leaves in Brilliant Yellow, Orange and English Red.  I softened each layer after I stamped it so that I could layer each color easily.  I stamped the wheat (I think that i what it is LOL) in Brilliant Yellow.  I softened it and then inked the Lily stamp up with Terra Cotta and Olive Green.  I then added the branch with the red berries inked with Sepia and English Red.

Watercolor Weekend | Thankful Pumpkin Trio

I cut these out using a square stitched die.  I cut a piece of Sweet Mango cardstock to back the middle image.

Watercolor Weekend | Thankful Pumpkin Trio

I created the background by using alcohol inks on photo paper.  I cut the shadow of the Thankful die out of this layer.  I backed it on a piece of Cranberry Tart cardstock.  I cut the word thankful from Sweet Mango cardstock.

Please be sure to check out my awesome team members Dot and Tricia and their Watercolor Weekend projects.  Check out Art Impressions blog for all the weekend projects!

We are now entering into the Christmas holiday and my favorite time of year, WINTER!  I will be back with some snowy projects and Christmas cards.  Stay Tuned!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you come back soon!

Related posts: https://www.tobinartstudio.com/watercolor-thankful-pumpkins/,  https://www.tobinartstudio.com/watercolor-weekend-autumn-farm-scene/

Watercolor Tutorial | Christmas Window

Watercolor Tutorial | Christmas WindowCheck out the video on how to create this watercolor Christmas window here.

I am starting to get into the Christmas spirit, how about you?  It’s that time of year again where I need to get a jump on my Christmas cards.  I send out about 60 cards each year and most of them are different (because I get bored easily, lol) so they take a bit of time.  Today I thought I would video the creation of this Christmas Window.  It was so easy and fun to do, I hope you will head over to my YouTube channel and check it out.

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Watercolor Weekend | Fall Cabin

Watercolor Weekend | Fall Cabin

Welcome back to another Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend.  We are now at the end of the Fall season and most of the trees here in NH have lost their leaves.  I have been doing quite a bit of watercolor paintings with Fall in full bloom, so I thought I would do a Fall Cabin with most of the leaves underneath the trees.

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Watercolor Weekend:  Beauty is all around you

Watercolor Weekend:  Beauty is all around you

Welcome to this week’s Art Impressions watercolor weekend.  In the wake of all the tragedies happening around our country I wanted to create a scene that felt peaceful.  I hope it helps to give you some peace as well.  I wish that everyone could spread a little kindness, it goes such a long way.  I thought I would use the Beauty is all around you sentiment for this project.  It is so true and it’s a little reminder to be thankful for every day and enjoy your “Happy Place”.

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Thankful Watercolor Wreath

Thankful Watercolor Wreath Card

Hi everyone!  Today I have a quick video tutorial up on my YouTube channel where I show you how to create this Thankful Watercolor Wreath card.  

I love that you can use only 4 stamps to create this wreath.  This is such an easy technique that really packs a powerful punch.

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Advanced watercolor: Fall Pumpkins

Advanced watercolor: Fall Pumpkins

Welcome Back.  Today I have a more advanced watercolor Fall Pumpkins tutorial to share with you.  We will create this scene using some Fall pumpkins, masking, shading and tree techniques.  The video is a little longer than I usually do but there is a lot going on to create this scene.

I love the Fall.  The weather, apple and pumpkin picking and of course the foliage.  In New England, it’s ALMOST the best season (my favorite is Winter).

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Watercolor Weekend: Flowers and Foliage Challenge

Art Impressions Foliage Scene

I am so pleased to join the Watercolor Guest Design team for this week’s Watercolor Weekend.  We are showcasing some of the Art Impressions watercolor stamp new releases.

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