How do you celebrate your birthday? I tend to buy myself a treat and usually it’s along the lines of a crafty item, and this year I settled on the Peerless Watercolor cards by Jane Davenport. I’ve wanted to try these for ages (as well as the DR PH Martins!)- maybe next year for those 😉 This collection of 60 colours is beautiful. I spent an entire afternoon yesterday colouring the free download sheet from Jane’s website (below), as well as creating how I was going to store them. Now these colours were not cheap (well I don’t think they were), at $64.00AUD (find them HERE), and only time will tell if I think they were great value or not. I found that like most watercolours they lifted and blended beautifully, and for the most part the colours were vibrant, but my concern is how long they will actually last. For me that may be a long time because I have so many other favourite supplies to use, and it may simply be that the colours I chose to use in my cards below were not what I expected….
As I had a few days waiting for my present to arrive, I planned how I thought I’d store them. Many ideas I saw from other bloggers was to cut the squares so that they fitted on one sheet (above), but I didn’t want to do that, so I set off to Officeworks and found a 10 page binder with sleeves and created a sheet to put samples on…(below).
Once I’d coloured a sample of each square I placed the sheets in to the binder sleeves and then adhered the squares to the outside of the sleeves….does that make sense?? I do have a video of this, but I’m still having issues with iMovie, my new computer, and just me. Why they change things when they worked in they’re wonderful simplicity before I will never know! Before I could just drag and drop a photo in, but no, not anymore. So this binder now complete with the first reference sheet above, the five sheets with the pigmented squares, my Koi watercolour reference pallet and my Inktense reference pallet inside is still only no more than 1cm thick, so I think it’s still very portable without having to trim them down!
So here is a card I made using my birthday present to me. The softer pink is Geranium and the darker Jackqueminot, and Olive. I know the Geranium is a light colour, but this is one of the colours I think will not last long as there just doesn’t seem to be the same intensity as most of the other colours when you pick it up with your brush.
I used the colour challenge on at Splitcoast CC617 for my inspiration 🙂 and the stamp set Remember When for my images, with Olive Sprinkles to decorate.
I used the same colours in my second card and kept it also as a one layer card like the first. For this one I used Rose coloured Sprinkles.
Well either way I had fun playing around with my new watercolours! Let me know if you’ve tried these before and what you thought of them.
Peerless Watercolors by Jane Davenport
Remember When Stamp Set
Derwent Watercolour Paper