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Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Derwent Inktense Pencils, Sweetbriar Rose | 0 comments

Sweetbrier Rose, Negative Painting, and Never Giving Up!

Recently I  took a watercolor class by Online Card Classes.  This class was chopped full of wonderful information!  I thoroughly enjoyed the class.  One of the class sessions was about Negative Painting.  The idea is to paint around the image to give definition and making the image stand out!  So, I have been practicing.  And anyone who fallows my Instagram knows how many times lately I have mentioned Negative Painting.  I just can’t seem to get it right.  I have made some lovely cards from the process.  One of witch was using the Sweetbrier Rose Stamp Set.  I love the large image that fills up a page.  No need for a sentiment.  The single stamp is all that is really necessary to make a beautiful card.  sweetbriar roseI love my Hot Press watercolor paper for stamps.  The smooth texture really makes it easy to stamp a crisp image.  Using the archival Basic Black Ink I stamped this image on to hot press watercolor paper.  Then using Derwent Inktense Pencils  and a aqua painter I started to color the image.  What makes the Inktense Pencils unique is that once the watercolor is dry you can layer more ink on top with out disturbing the under layers.  After coloring the image I allowed it to dry.  Then the fun began….IMAG2902


After the image was completely dry.  I started adding layers of color.  I started with Blue, Red and Yellow in cretin areas.  Then let it dry.  It really did not take long for this to dry and allow me to work on top.  I  just kept adding layers of each color to create purple and green in some areas.  Towards the top of the card it is a bit dark because I kept fiddling with it.  I think this may be one of the hardest parts about this type of painting.  Knowing when to stop!  I tend to fiddle with it to a point that is worse than I began with.

Making this into a card was really easy.  I just cut a mat layer (Watermelon Wonder) and then added it to a card base (Daffodil Delight) using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now, My painting is not really Negative Painting.  But, I do like the fun results that the layers of color gave.  I am still working towards learning how to truly use the technique of Negative Painting.  #practicemakesprogress  This is just part of the Process.  So I will not give up…. One day, one sweet day I will get it down!!!  Then all the work and practicing will be so worth it!!!!

Here is the supply list:

Stampin’ Up!

  • Sweetbrier Rose Stamp Set
  • Archival Basic Black Ink
  • Watermelon Wonder Card Stock
  • Daffodil Delight Card Stock
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Multipurpose Glue
  • Aqua Painter

Non-Stampin’ Up! 

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils 



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