Distressed and Blue but not Sad!

We had a great time at the technique class today!  Our techniques were distressed flowers and color layering with watercolor pencils.  I love, love, love our watercolor pencils, because they blend so beautifully.  You can get any color you want by blending them, and you can use an aqua painter or blender pen to smooth out the lines.  For the technique today, though, we blended using more pencils.  It was really fun and a beautiful look.  I’ll show you tomorrow.

Here are some distressed and blue flowers for you.  I must be in a blue mood, because I’ve been using it a lot lately.  It’s more of a “Jazz Blues” blue though, not the emotion.

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Stamps:  Petite Pairs, Fabulous Florets; Ink:  Jet Black StazOn; Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy classic; Blue vintage ink; Paper:  Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Blushing Bride card stock; Other:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, stampin’ dimensionals, Distressing Essentials kit; permanent markers

We stamped the flowers in Stazon, then  colored the insides of the petals with permanent markers, leaving some white space.  Then we covered the flowers with Blue vintage ink from the distressing essentials kit (another one of our products that I love!).

Here’s what it looks like at this point.

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Lovely, right?  Next you spritz with a lot of water.  You really want that distressing ink to run.  I blotted mine with a towel after to sop up a little of the water/ink.  Then you can either wait or use the heat tool to speed up the drying time.

Cut the flowers out and add to your project.  Done!

This day has been glorious from start to finish.  The weather was gorgeous.  Not too hot, not too chilly.  Perfect.  When I got in the car, I tuned in to my favorite classical station and they were playing Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.  It’s my favorite, and the second movement is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.  Of course, that’s just my opinion, and we’ll still be friends if you disagree.  Anyway – the first movement was being played, and I could picture Snoopy (from Peanuts) and his basket of snitched Easter eggs dancing into view.  This symphony is part of the soundtrack for It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.  Just thought I’d mention it, in case you’re new to my blog.  It’s also the soundtrack from the movie Zardoz, but we won’t go there.  (Sean Connery’s biggest mistake, I think.  My brother took me to see this when I visited him in college.  Great music, but very odd movie.  Obviously I don’t get SciFi.  And I can do without that image of Sean Connery in that wonky red…well, it kind of looks like a diaper.  I’d rather remember him as the elder “Dr. Jones.”)

Back to my wonderful day.  The first movement ended, and I expected a traffic or weather update.  No!!!  They played the whole symphony!  So, even though I have several recordings of it, I had to listen to the entire 2nd movement.  Fortunately, I was early to class, because I sat in the car for about 5-7 minutes until it was finished.  If any of my stampers had seen me…well, they would have understood, I think.

Enough babbling for today.  I have tomorrow “off” until 8:30 p.m., so I’m planning to catch up on laundry and dusting and do a little polishing on some music.  I have one piece of music that’s really driving me crazy.  It’s not even hard; I just have a mental block.  So tomorrow – it’s going to be Buffy – 1 and Schubert – well, I guess he’ll win one too.  And, of course, I’ll stamp.  Ah…bliss.  It’s been about two weeks since I had a day to do just what I wanted.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Distressed and Blue but not Sad!

  1. darrah says:

    Ah the drive is so much nicer when accompanied by great music.


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