Saturday, August 5, 2017

Swimmin' with the fishes . . .

Happy Saturday Everyone!
Although I have a lot of catching up to do, I wanted to take a minute and create something 'off the beaten path' to share with you today.  Of course, there are so many ways to do a 'watercolor' style background and I have truly been enjoying my Tim Holtz distress oxide inks.  But today I'm using actually watercolor paints, water, a paint brush, watercolor paper and SALT!  That's right, I'm using SALT on your water colored panels which makes a very unique design as seen in my creation here: 


I've done this technique before but it has been YEARS!  So when friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) alerted me to the new challenge over on the CAS Watercolour Blog, we both decided to 'give it a whirl'.  If you're not familiar with this technique, they are offering several YouTube videos that will help get you started.

I just purchased this fun Penny Black 'Fancy Fish' die set from the Dies R Us Store and so I went with 'under water' colors. 
Penny Black - Dies - Fancy Fish
I probably should have stuck with more blues & greens vs purples but I'm sure there are also hues of purple in the deep ocean waters as well.  LOL  I've actually die cut this angel fish THREE times then glued them together to give more dimension.  The outside frame was created using the Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' die set (2 largest dies) and the entire panel has been popped up with strips of dimensional tape.



Bubbles were created using Nuvo White Crystal drops.

This was a fun challenge and here are a few more I'd like to share in today:

A Vintage Journey Challenge - Watercolor
Seize the Birthday Challenge - Tie one On OR ATG Birthday

Okay ... play time is over!  It's a beautiful 70s day outdoors so I need to get out there and do some yard work.  I hope you'll stop back tomorrow when  I will have a holiday creation for Tutti Designs to share with you!  Till then . . .

And, as always . . .

17 comments:

  1. Your watercolored and salted background, Darlene was so perfect for your die cut fish. It really looks like a bubbly aquarium. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs..

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  2. I love your underwater background, Darlene! The salt makes it look like bubbles and that's perfect with this delightful fish! Love the tipped panel too! A super fun card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  3. This is one of my favorite ways to do watercolor backgrounds. The effect you get is so stunning, and different every time. Your card is really pretty, and I love how you have used the die cut fish as the focal!

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  4. Cute! Thanks for sharing at Craftaholics R Us.
    ~Owner/DT Janis

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  5. This is beautiful. Love that background. Cute new dies, too. [Bunny]

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  6. Love, love, love, Darlene!! Your salty watercolored background is so pretty and just perfect for the awesome fishie and her pearly white crystal air bubbles!! Hugs, Darnell

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  7. Salt water, perfect for your adorable little fish :). thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour

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  8. Gorgeous watercoloured underwater sea, Darlene! The salt crystals have created such a beautiful design. Love your die-cut fish and crystal drop bubbles. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  9. Wow, this turned out very cool, love the colors and the clever idea of the neat fish and the 'bubbles!! Mine is a work in progress..lol!

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  10. Dar you did an amazing job with your salt and watercolour! Fabulous card! Thank you for playing along at CAS Watercolour!

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  11. Fabulous background and love the dimensional fish
    Carol x

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  12. cool results with the salt, that is one technique I haven't tried yet :)

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  13. Oh, I think your underwater colors are just perfect, Darlene, and so is your background! I've known of the salt technique for ages, but have never tried it that I can recall. It does give a fun and unique look. Filing away the idea... Love the fish dies!

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  14. Oooh that background looks awesome! I love that fish die, how cool is he?!? And your bubbles....FABULOUS! This is a FUN card!

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  15. what a great salted watercolor sea you created for your lovely die cut fish Darlene! a wonderful summer card - thank you for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Watercolor challenge! Julia xx

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  16. The background you created with your Oxide inks is Fab! Really a terrific card Darlene! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Seize the Birthday!

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  17. Wonderful salted background for your beautiful fish! Love the Nuvo drops for the bubbles! Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

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Thanks for taking the time to leave me some love!
Darlene