As a California girl, I was certainly familiar with the gorgeous yellow-orange poppy that is our state flower. Later on, I learned that wild poppies also came in a brilliant red color and are found throughout Europe. While a new flight attendant, I'll never forget arriving in Spain on a fine Spring day and landing on a runway bordered by fields containing millions of bright red poppies . . .
Working on this card brought back a lot of happy memories of that spectacular sight! While my coloring skills need a lot of practice, I've come up with one easy method that always gives me deep, rich color, blends perfectly, and has yet to fail me. I first color with watercolor pencils, using two shades that I want to blend together - in this case, it was Red and Orange, and I took things one flower head at a time. I used Red for about 2/3 of the flower, and finished at the tops with Orange. I did no blending at this stage.
When the entire flower head was colored with the pencils, I then used Zig Real Brush watercolor markers, also in Red and Orange, to hydrate the pencil colors. This is what intensifies the colors in a way that plain water never could. I colored from the bottom up in Red, and then from the petal edges down in Orange. No real blending efforts took place - it really just sort of happened on its own. Quick and easy!
I'm really happy with the no-line blending I got, as it makes the poppy heads look really dimensional, but with no major coloring skills required. I always love it when my results make me look more competent than I really am . . .
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Strathmore Soft White
Stamps: Hero Delicate Blossoms, Making Memories Magnetic
Stamps: All text
Inks: ColorBox Black, Wink of Stella Black
Emb Powder: Judikins Detail Black, Distress Black Soot
Dies: DieNamics Vertical Stitched Strip, Bugs from the We-Buys
Cute Chrysanthemum Set
Watercolors: Derwent Inktense Pencils Hot Red, Sienna Gold, Fern,
Zig Real Brush Carmine Red, Orange, Mid-Green
Doo Dads: Studio Gesso Black, American Craft Jute Red