Altenew Academy Watercolor Basics and Beyond / Video

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Hi all, today I’m excited to share a card I created after taking the “Watercolor Basics and Beyond” course at the Altenew Academy. I made a video to show you my painting process and you can find it at the bottom of my post.

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As I passed my Level 2 assignment and went up to Level 3, this is the first of the last 5 courses I have to take before hopefully becoming certified as an Altenew Educator! I was eager to take this class even though I have been watercolouring for the last 2 years, as I know I always learn something new during the courses at the Altenew Academy, and this course was no exception. I learnt that you can use your watercolours like inks and create beautiful loose watercolour cards!

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I have been meaning to paint this loose watercolour bouquet ever since I got it as an assignment during a watercolour course at my local community centre, but I never got round to it as it was too loose and messy and I didn’t know where to start! But watching Jennifer Rzasa create those loose watercolour cards during her course inspired me to finally create the bouquet, using stamps as guidelines. In fact, I think using stamps is a great way to learn how to watercolour for those afraid to start with a blank page.

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I used Altenew Versatile Vases for the vase and Altenew Majestic Bloom, Wallpaper Art and Perennial Beauty for the flowers and leaves. My watercolours are from Daniel Smith and I painted on Arches 300g cold press watercolour paper.

As promised, the video tutorial where I share how I painted this loose bouquet using the stamps from Altenew. If you like it please give me a thumbs up over at Youtube and subscribe to my youtube channel if you want to see more of these videos.

Thanks for popping by and have a great day!

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I’m sharing this over at:

altenewAltenew Inspiration challenge – I went with the colours

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – April showers bring May flowers

Crafters Castle challenge – Anything Goes

Inspired by Jean Haines

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The other day at my local art store, I discovered that they now offered art books in English, & when I was excitedly perusing through their books, I was drawn to Jean Haine’s book called “Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour”. When I opened it, I yelled (in my head)”Eureka”! This is how I want to paint!

Since I started painting a year ago, I have been looking for a style of painting, and a teacher, that would allow me to express myself, in a loose abstract way. (Sorry I never took formal art courses so I don’t really know the terms…) Until now, every time I tried to let go, I was filled with panic & frustration during the painting process and hated what I did right after! But something in her book, the way she writes about flowers, the painting process & the environment we need to achieve this, unlocked something in me and allowed me to finally letting go. Now every painting I do is done in peace and pleasure… and I actually like the finished product too!

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Sunflowers à la Jean Haines – my first exercise from her book

One thing I do now, that is suggested in her book, is to practise all the little steps that lead up to the final painting & to actually do a rough painting of my final subject too. Some of you might say “Duh.. that’s obvious” but obviously not to me as I’m also the type of person that hates creating the same thing more than once. But now, before each painting, I practise for about 30 minutes, to understand how my paint will react to the movement & composition I’m trying out, and that really helps me. Another thing I’m doing is painting on good watercolour paper! I have a few blocks I bought or was given but I never felt good enough to use them. But I guess I’ll never be good enough until I believe I am, so using good watercolour paper is a start to that affirmation!

Flowers in a Vase a la jean haines

Flowers in a Vase à la Jean Haines

For the moment I’m just doing the exercises in her book and largely “copying” her works. However, by the end of the book, I hope to find my own unique style that will differentiate mine from hers. In the meantime, I am so enjoying the whole learning process, and I look forward to receiving her other books & her online courses, which I requested for my birthday…tomorrow!

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Roses à la Jean Haines. Indanthrone Blue Lukas watercolours, DaVinci Mastro, Arches 100% cotton cold pressed

Thanks so much for dropping by and I do appreciate you taking the time to leave me such nice comments. Have a great creative weekend!

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