I have FINALLY pulled my finger out and joined in with the new(ish) Muse challenge! I always love a new challenge, and this one is a little bit different - the participants choose the winners! I mean, how did no one think of that before?! You are judge by a panel of your peers - perfect!
Anyways, on to the inspiration. This is the fabulous card by this weeks' muse Therese;
I have followed Therese's blog for a while now and she just creates show stopper after show stopper! It's quite unfair really! ;) Actually, all of the muses on the panel are designer crushes of mine - this is partly why I haven't been brave enough to have a go myself until today!
Before I get to the card, I would like to thank Therese for inspiring me to get back to 'my roots'. When I was young (around 9/10 I think?!) I lived next door to a fabulous woman who was the most outstanding artist I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Since I can remember, I have always had a pencil in my hand and if I wasn't drawing then I was learning a new Calligraphy alphabet/technique...you get the picture... One day, I was in my neighbours house and I was looking at all her artwork that she had on the walls and I realised that she had done every single painting and incorporated calligraphy into many of them. Half jokingly, I asked her if she'd mind teaching me how to paint in watercolours, to which she said yes! So, from then on, every Saturday afternoon from 2:30 until 5:00 I would go over to her house and we would paint! Even when we both moved we still kept up the tradition until I left to go to University when I was nearly 19 :) In fact, those sessions were my 'in' to card making! I used to paint small watercolour scenes and use them for Christmas cards and special birthdays. As life got busier, I didn't have the time to sit for hours painting, so I started making the kind of cards I make now :) I do miss our afternoons and I really miss painting too.
Anyway, slight tangent and random history lesson there, but seeing Therese's card made me think that I needed to grab my watercolour pencils (cheating - I know!!) and 'paint' these roses! So that's what I did...and I LOVED every minute of it!!!! It turned out much better than I was expecting it to if I'm honest! I've never had much faith in watercolour pencils, I'm a bit of a traditionalist I suppose, but they worked really well :) Needless to say, I'm looking for more things to paint now! I may even be tempted back in drawing too - we'll see ;)
Right, enough rambling, here's my card! That's what we're all here for after all!
So there you go, my little bit of nostalgia in a card :) I really enjoyed it, so for once, it doesn't matter if no one else likes it! Ha ha! You all know what I mean ;)
Thank you for stopping by ;)
Card: Paper Mill Direct - White, Grape
Stamps: Kanban - Roses; Waltzingmouse - Big Day Essentials
Ink: SU! - Black; Ranger - Perfect Medium
Other: Daler Rowney watercolour pencils; WOW! - Ebony e/p