Gina K August Release – 3 Ways to Paint the Same Stamp + a 7 Minute Method to Color a Detailed Design

hanshrepAugust 17, 2020

Good morning! How are y’all doing on this beautiful Monday morning? It’s your girl, Hannah, here with another tutorial on how to paint a detailed design with watercolor. I will be sharing three different cards, each watercolored with a different technique.

These cards are featuring a new stamp set that I designed for Gina K Designs called “Grow Positive Thoughts”. This one is so dear to my heart as I drew it at a time in my life where I was starting to let go of my negative thoughts and allowing beautiful “flowers” to grow in their place 🌿 I am learning every day, and these greetings and this image is a perfect reminder to me that mindset is everything 🤍 I used greetings I have never seen in another stamp set to bring some uniqueness and encouragement to you all and those you love and send cards to.

This is probably my favorite stamp set I have designed so far. The inspiration behind it is so intimate and personal. For many, including me, negative thinking can be a habit which has the potential to becoming an addiction over time. 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but it has taught me much about myself. It has taught me that positivity is a choice and my mind has the capability of being a beautiful place. Your mind is like a garden. You can either grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.
Someone once said that one tree can make 1,000 matches, but one match can burn down 1,000 trees. The moral of that little illustration is that all it takes is one negative thought to burn out all the positive ones.

Regardless of how anyone thinks of you or what anyone says to you, choose to be happy and love yourself unconditionally. That was something that has taken me years to learn, and I still struggle with that every single day. I battled with an eating disorder for years, as well as being bullied as a teenager and other situations that effected me. But my perspective has changed much since then. I’m not allowing what people say or think of me to change the way that I think of myself, and neither should you. Love yourself the way God created you, and don’t let the negativity of your thoughts control the way you view yourself.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Just start to think and focus on all the blessings in life. Count them, hold onto them, and let go of the things growing weeds inside your mind. The more you count your blessings, the more you will have to count 🤍

I’m going to get off my soap box now and start the tutorial for you guys 😁

1. No Line Watercolor

The first technique I used is no-line watercolor, a method I use most commonly in my painting style for greeting cards. The whole point of no-line watercoloring is to make the line vanish, so I recommend using a very light ink like Warm Glow Amalgam Ink to stamp your image with.

I start with the darkest amount of paint at the base of the line, then clean my brush fully with water, and pull out the color away from the line with the clean, wet brush. The color will automatically lighten from darker to lighter, giving a beautiful, realistic effect to your painting.

The brushes I always use are Princeton Neptune Brushes, and Princeton Heritage 4050 Synthetic Sable Brushes. They are extremely affordable and last for years. I’m still using mine from when I first started watercoloring!

I lined the edge with Gold Perfect Pearls to add a little something extra. Gotta be a little bit extra sometimes 💁🏻‍♀️

2. Watercoloring with Embossing

The second technique I used is watercoloring an image that has been heat embossed. I used Gina’s Detail Gold Embossing Powder because just look. at. that. shine… 🤤

This technique is relatively simple. I compare it to going bowling and using the bumpers. The lines of the embossing powder make watercolor painting much, MUCH simpler, so I suggest using this technique if you are first starting out.

I splattered some more Gold Perfect Pearls because again, why not be a little extra?

3. Seven Minute Painting Technique using Heat Embossing

Are you intimidated by watercolor and want an easier method to paint detailed images? I have the PERFECT technique for you that requires absolutely no watercoloring skills – just a little paint, water, and any brush!

This literally took me a little over 7 minutes to make!

Here is a step by step guide on how to achieve this extremely easy watercolor technique:

1. Pick a stamp set! I of course chose my newest set that I designed for Gina K. Designs, “Grow Positive Thoughts”.

2. Choose a watercolor paper that isn’t as textured. I used Canson Watercolor Paper from Blick Art Materials. The embossing looks much more even and flawless on a smoother paper type.

3. Emboss! I used Gina K’s Gold Embossing Powder again because it is SO amazing and drool worthy. I just can’t get over that shine!!!!

4. Use the wet on wet technique (*for detailed instruction on how to achieve different watercolor techniques like wet on wet, see my previous blog post*) and brush an even layer of water on the flower part of the image (make sure there are no areas where there is excessive pooling, and don’t use too much water).

5. Drop in different colors! The paint will automatically blend together because of the water being already down on the paper. I used pink and purples near the flowers, and green where there are leaves.

6. Once that’s dry, use the wet on wet technique to brush water on the face, then drop in the skin tone of your choice.

7. I then went in once the whole piece was dry and added in some darker colors and more detailing to make the painting pop.

8. I had to be a little extra and splatter in some freckles on her face because why not?? Freckles are skin stars and I love mine 🤍

9. Boom!! You’re done. It’s SO simple! It took me literally a few minutes to achieve this effortless watercolored look!

If you try this technique or use my new stamp set, tag me on social media! My Instagram is @hanlynart. Seeing your art with my illustration just makes my day 🥰

You can also easily add blush or makeup, or anything you want to her face. I drew it so it would be very easy for you to color and customize her to be unique to your beautiful face or the person you are giving the card to.

I have one more random card I painted that I want to share ❤️

I free handed a bunch of red and pink hearts, then added a little clear Perfect Pearls to it so there would be a little sparkle. I’m honestly a little bitter with my iPhone for not capturing the sparkle in any of the pictures I got…

Lastly, I wanted to share an inside greeting I created with a bunch of the sayings and sentiments in this set. I love the uniqueness of the greetings in here and the positive messages behind them.

And that’s all she wrote, folks. Thank you so much for reading and for purchasing my new stamp set. I really hope it helps you think more positively about life and about yourself. Be positive, and grow beautiful thoughts today 🤍

And here we have a random picture of my little baby girl, Millie, because she’s 2 months old today and she’s just as cute as can be 😘

I am currently writing this blog post at 4:00 in the morning because when you have a baby you will never sleep normal again!!!!!… or at least it feels like that anyway 🤣 I often dream about the fond memories of sleeping for 8 hours straight… but she’s so worth it 🥰

I hope y’all have an amazing day!! Sending lots of love 🤍 Comment below to be in the running for a Giveaway hosted by Gina K, and follow my blog for more!

Up next is the talented Arjita 🤍

Comments (103)

  • Andrea Gallucio

    August 17, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    I can’t open today’s post about water coloring

  • Dolly LaBelle

    August 17, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Beautiful thought for growing flowers. I would love to see another set for smiles and wink, etc. Thank you!

    1. Angela M

      August 17, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      Millie is as beautiful as your painting! Looks like you could have painted that adorable onesie!

  • Suzanne Brown

    August 17, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Love your water coloring. Your cards are amazing.

  • Vickie D

    August 17, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Wow! Love your work!

  • Alicia Dicarlo

    August 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    The tutorials you shared are fantastic. Can’t wait to try them!

  • Melanie Muenchinger

    August 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Love everything about this post. Beautiful art, sayings, person, baby. xoxo

  • Barbara K

    August 17, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    You cards are beautiful. And so is Millie. Thanks for sharing. And eventually you’ll get sleep again. I think I did when they went away for college! But so worth it.

  • Kim Salito

    August 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Beautiful card, great coloring.

  • Pamela R Schultz

    August 17, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Simply stunning! Your watercoloring is amazing.

  • Marsha Freer

    August 17, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Great cards, Hannah!

  • Darcy Shelstad

    August 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Gorgeous. Love the cards and how you described the techniques used. Looking forward to using you new set.

  • Cyndi Morris

    August 17, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Your Grow Positive Thoughts set is absolutely gorgeous. I love your beautiful cards, but I was a bit distracted by Millie — so adorable!

  • sparcl77

    August 17, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful painting! Thanks for your lesson on how you watercolored this and for the explanation of what this image means to you.

  • JoBeth Davis

    August 17, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Love them! And I ALSO loved it when it was just embossed before it was painted! I ordered this set!

  • Pamela R Schultz

    August 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Beautiful cards. The Gina K release is amazing.

  • libra1016

    August 17, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I love your story and your work. Your daughter Millie is adorable!

  • Sharon L Justice Kastor

    August 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    sSome very helpful tips- I will try these!

  • joanberrie13

    August 17, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I love learning more about watercoloring techniques. The explanation of the stamp is perfect!

  • serve4life

    August 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Great painting!! These cards are lovely!!

  • Angi Rankin

    August 17, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Gorgeous cards, and your beautiful set is swoon-worthy! Thanks for the detailed tutorial; I’ll have to give it a try. Your baby is gorgeous 😍 They do change up our routine, but they’re so worth it!

  • Cynthia Evanoff

    August 17, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Hannah, your words show your young wisdom and strength. It has taken me 60 plus years to reach this mindset. So proud and thankful that you are able to use your art to reach others. Beautiful work. Thank you

  • Theresa Vlas

    August 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Love your cards and color choices.

  • Sue Smith

    August 17, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    These are simply GORGEOUS!!! You are so incredibly talented. Thank you for sharing!

  • Patty A Eifert

    August 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Beautiful cards!! I really can’t paint worth a hoot, but I have had a few decent outcomes using the embossing method…it really does help to have those bumpers lol!! Your daughter is adorable!

  • sharon robinson

    August 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing, your work is so beautiful

  • Theresa Tuttle

    August 17, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Love the watercolors!

  • cfluto

    August 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Your stamp set is really inspiring! With everything going on in our world, we need to build each other up and encourage each other. I love what you did for the inside of your card!
    Thanks for the watercolor tips. I need to try this soon! Do make it look easy!
    Lastly, Milly is adorable! Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  • Shelby Halpern

    August 17, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Wow! Thank you for sharing those techniques. I will definitely be trying them! Your cards and beautiful and the sentiments are spot on 🙂

  • Nandini

    August 17, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the amazing inspiration! The stamp is gorgeous and I love your work!

  • margaret kintigh

    August 17, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Great stamp set and beautiful cards. Thanks for the tips!

  • Michelle Harvey

    August 17, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    The watercolor you did with the grow your thoughts stamp is amazing. I want to learn how you do it but not sure how to find it.

  • JoElle J Schmutzler

    August 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Love all of the new stuff! I can’t wait for my order to arrive!

  • Angela M

    August 17, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Beautiful cards and baby!

  • Ashley Cortez

    August 17, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    I really appreciate that you go through every step n give tips along the way so thank you for that, the stamp set and cards really beautiful and THANKS for sharing your story about your life you inspire me and a lot of other people out here to want to be just like you so thanks for that as well

  • Judith M Cook

    August 17, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Awesome water coloring tips, I still haven’t mastered this technique yet 🙂 Yours are beautiful! Your baby is adorable!!

  • Karen

    August 17, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Love your coloring. Looking forward to trying the wet on wet technique you showed. I’m just learning to work with water color.

  • freckledandfun

    August 17, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Your samples are incredible Hannah! I love them!

  • Michelle Delamater

    August 17, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Amazing water coloring! Really stunning. The sentiments in your stamp set really hit home.

  • Cynthia L. Menako

    August 17, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I love your water color idea

  • Laurie Linnan

    August 17, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Great tips for using an interesting stamp set. Thanks!

  • Jane Webb

    August 17, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Love your style, I am only beginning my watercolor journey, your cards are fabulous!

  • Susan Mealiea

    August 17, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    So pretty!

  • Jody K

    August 17, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Your cards are beautiful!

  • Barb D

    August 17, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Adorable baby! Your cards are lovely!

  • Nancy Borakowski

    August 17, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Each card is so different and unique. Love them all well done

  • Nancy Borakowski

    August 17, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Don’t know how I missed this beautiful baby girl Millie. So prescious enjoy every minute because time flies by

  • Deb Goodell

    August 17, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    I love the colors you used

  • JeanK

    August 17, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Love the watercolors. Enjoy your baby while she is little, they grow sooooo fast!

  • Evelyn

    August 17, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I love your coloring. So beautiful.

  • Marilyn Van Tassell

    August 17, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    Lovely watercoloring!

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