This card was recently sent to my father-in-law for Father’s Day but it could work for many occasions. I used Stampendous ‘Build a Lighthouse’ stamp set for most of this scene which I watercolored using techniques learned from watching Art Impressions water color videos.
I started by coloring my lighthouse with a black water based marker, directly onto the rubber, which I then stamped in place onto watercolor paper. I masked it and added the trees and rocks. Next, I took a water brush and went over all my images to give them a painted look. Using marker, I added colored detail to the lighthouse.
For the water, I started by taking a straight edge to mark off my horizon. I filled in everything below that line with blue watercolor paint (I used Altenew watercolor brush markers). Using a white paint marker, I attempted to add waves.
Next, I added the light rays using some yellow tinted iridescent water color medium. In hindsight, I wish I left it the natural white color but I was too far into this project to start over. Lastly, I stamped some flying birds. These birds are from Dark Room Door ‘African Trees’.
I do not do much watercolor so there is definitely room for improvement. Nonetheless, I am happy with how this turned out. I didn’t add a sentiment to the front because I didn’t want to hide any of the art work.
- Stampendous ‘Build a Lighthouse’ stamp set
- Dark Room Door ‘African Trees’ stamp set
- Water based markers (I like Stampin’ Up! or Marvy Le Plume II)
- Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers or watercolor paint
- White acrylic paint or a white paint marker
- Watercolor paint brushes
- Iridescent water color medium (Wink of Stella would work too)
- Water color paper
- White card base