These little desktop calendars are so satisfying to create. Because they’re small, I’m challenged to find images that will physically fit in the space while still reflecting the time of year.
For March, I chose the water lily from Remarkable You. It’s a stylized shape that’s perfect for coloring, and I really love to color. I added a few splatters using the Wink of Stella Gold pen. Honestly, it’s not my favorite product – I find the gold color too strong and brassy for painting or highlighting – but it does a fantastic job of splattering. There’s a lesson in there!
I created this calendar page long before our new Watercolor Pencils were released, but it would be really fun to use them on this project.
Thanks for stopping by. Please head on over to see what Crystal and Cheryl have done for March. And while you’re there, leave a little comment for them. It’s a little thing that means a lot.
There’s a group of stamp sets that get sold short in the Annual Catalog, at least in my opinion. The Host Rewards sets don’t seem to get the same attention that the rest of the catalog enjoys. Fabulous Flora is a host set, and I think it deserves a better look:
- Stamps: Fabulous Flora (Host), Thoughtful Banners, Best Birds, TImeless Texture
- Color Palette: Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Pear Pizazz, Soft Suede, White (I used watercolor paper, not Whisper White), Basic Black, Smoky Slate
- Accessories: Watercolor paper, Wink of Stella Gold, Aqua Painter, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’m not as big a fan of Wink of Stella Gold – I prefer the Clear version. However, I’ve found a use for it that I really love – the flick. You know. You get the brush end loaded up with the color and then flick it against your finger over the paper to get some spatter.
It’s easy to do as long as you remember to load up the brush end. If it’s dry, you can do a whole lot of flicking without seeing much in the way of results.
I played a bit with the Aqua Painter here too, layering the color and adding a light Smoky Slate wash around the images to set them off. Since this card has very limited layers, I wanted to create more texture with the watercoloring.
In order to own a Host Rewards stamp set, you need to be the host of an event/party/order/group order that reaches $150. Let me know if you’d like help in figuring out how to make that happen! I think Fabulous Flora is worth the effort.