Sep 08 2008

Watercolored Calendar – April & May

Published by at 6:00 am under Calendar,SCS Design Team

Hi everyone, well we’re moving along with the calendar.  Today’s pages are April and May.  April was the most difficult calendar page for me to paint.  I was going for a technique that I had not yet acquired the skill for (and still haven’t).  I was trying to make the green areas in between the flowers look like the velvety green moss that grows in the cracks of old cobblestone paths.  I fell far short of my goal.  It took three days to complete the page.  If I ever decide to tackle this page again, I’ll tone down the colors.  When I finished the page and showed it to my son (the artist), he said “way too much green.”  The original background paper I had used was Old Olive.  He suggested I try a different color background so I very carefully disassembled it and re-mounted it on Orchid Opulence.  A much better result!

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This page possesses very vibrant colors, it was my husband’s least favorite and yet it was his mother’s favorite.  Swarovski pearls and crystals were placed on the hydrangea blooms. The butterfly was painted with a mixture of pearl ex powder and gum arabic on a separate piece of watercolor paper.  Once it was dry, I used a craft knife to cut it out.  The abdomen was adhered to the page using Crystal Effects.  The wings were folded upward for a bit of realism.  The small calendars are mounted on velcro for easy removal at the end of the year. 

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I made this page as a tribute to my parents, May is their wedding anniversary month.  Since I send them red roses to celebrate the occasion, I thought it would be appropriate to paint red roses for their calendar page.   I have a few cards in my SCS gallery that I made using this stamp.  The first card I did was sent to Maddy Mason and the second card was sent to Nancy Ruth. 

The picture doesn’t do this calendar page justice, it’s so pretty and vibrant in real life.  I used More Mustard for the background wash.  The little calendar looks washed out in this photo, iI did a lighter gold wash on it.   More Mustard is my favorite color to use for background washes.  It’s such a rich, lovely color to work with.  The same butterfly was used on this page and adhered the same way. 

  • Paper:  Orchid Opulence, Red Pepper (Memory Box), Basic Black, Canson watercolor paper 140 lbs. cold pressed
  • Ink:  Versamark
  • Accessories:  Tombow markers, watercolor brush, heating tool, Ranger gold and gold tinsel embossing powders, Versamarker, craft knife, calendar downloaded from Crafty Secrets, dimensionals, Swarovski crystals and pearls, Copic Spica glitter pens, Crystal Effects

You’ll want to head over to Sharon’s (notimetostamp) blog to see what blog candy she’s giving away today as she continues with the week long celebration of her one year blog anniversary.  Also, you won’t want to miss Janine’s (2bkrafy) blog candy give away today.  This week also marks the one year anniversary of Janine’s blog.  Head on over to sign up and check out her wonderful designs.

Please come back tomorrow, I’ll be posting the June and July calendar pages, together with blog candy I’m giving away in celebration of Sharon’s one year blog anniversary.

13 responses so far

13 Responses to “Watercolored Calendar – April & May”

  1. Dealbaida says:

    Oh Jerri! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, along come March and (my favourite so far), April. I guess beauty must indeed be in the eye of the beholder because so far as I am concerned, that page is absolute perfection.

    Marion,
    UK

  2. I’m in awe! What fabulous detail and design! Your colours are so rich and the butterflies are the perfect finish on both!

  3. Both are beautiful cards and I especially like the roses-so pretty. Thanks again for answering my questions on a wash.

    Bev J.

  4. Pinky says:

    Jerri, these are amazing and I love the May one that you designed for your parents! These are truly a work of art…TFS

    Pinky

  5. Janine says:

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!
    Have a great day Jerri!

  6. leslierich says:

    Oh, how well I remember these incredible calendar pages! Each one is a stunning work of art. I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite. Thank goodness the little calendar pages can be removed and replaced next year. Awesome work, Jerri!

  7. Kittie says:

    Jerri,. I can hardly believe my eyes as I view all of thes calendar projects. Can you change up the actual calendar part from year to year or are they just a one year calendar?

  8. Stephanie says:

    Jerri,
    These are just beautiful, I love each and everyone of them. I agree there is no
    way I could pick a fav, they are all stunning! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Joan Fricker says:

    Jerri, these cards are absolutely fabulous! You are truly an artist.
    Joan

  10. evette says:

    Just great Jerri…I am a watercolored and glitter NUT…so this is right up my alley. Your blog is one of my favorites and I so look forward to seeing your next project each and everyday I am online. Since I am out in a rural area it is hard to find someone to stamp with but I do go once a month to a stamping group in the next town over, that helps some. Just wish I had either someone close or even down the road to stamp a few days a week with. Around here more people seem to be into scrapbooking. Just joined a new group forming that will address my scrapbook challenges. Thank you for doing this blog for all of us. God bless.

  11. Both are incredibly beautiful! I’m so happy you mentioned that the small callendars are interchangeable….it would be so sad to put this away after only one year. Wonderful details and fabulous techniques.

  12. Hi Jerri! I just want to leave some comments here bcs I don’t want to enter the contest, but I do want to rave about your beautiful artwork! I so love the header up above. Its so full of vibrancy. I love when you emboss your florals in gold and paint them with glorious colors. It just inspires me! I love your touch on all your crafting. Its just so precious and pretty! Bless you!

  13. rainy says:

    SO beautiful!! The deep rich colors… The delicate soft colors… This calendar is just so gorgeous.

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