Sunday, 26 April 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #120, Throwback Thursday #3 and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

 Hi Everyone!


This is my entry to the CAS(E) this Sketch #120, Throwback Thursday #3
Inkspirational #81.


I've been anxiously waiting for my parcel from Wplus9 to arrive and it finally arrived this Monday. I was so amazed how fast it was shipped (within 2 hours after I placed my order). Delivery to Helsinki was quite fast (about a week) BUT then the parcel was held at the customs and it took almost two weeks to get here... You might be able to believe that every afternoon I was waiting the post to come like a little kid at  Christmas and every time I was disappointed. Just knowing that the parcel is just sitting at the customs to be declared kind of made me crazy... Well, it arrived and my girls and I were as happy to go through all the stuff that we had ordered. My girl wanted to colour the Miss you lots -girl and I went for this gorgeous image of a this little Chickadee. Before we started on Thursday, I went and looked up the newest challenge at the CAS(E) this Sketch. I was so amazed to see how perfectly this stamp was made for their challenge. Thanks for my friend Michele who pointed out for me who this bird really was since I think we only have his relatives living here in Europe.  I googled him and tried to stay true to his real colours, I believe he got more yellow under his chest as he might have but I doesn't really bother me - at all. 

I had a tons of fun watercolouring this image. I stamped the image with light brown ink and I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours and as I usually go for one colour and use the shades of that to colour and to add dimension and shading to my watercolours, I wanted to challenge myself to actually colour as it is meant with watercolours. While I was adding another washes of different colours and shades of those colours on top of each other, the bird started to look like a REAL bird. I was so amazed that I had just painted this, so amazed. I've never done anything like this before and I will certainly keep this card to myself. I would like to thank Dawn and Wplus9 for making this stamp since the design is all theirs - I just added the colour.

I will enter this into these challenges:
Inkspirational  #81 - Space - I have lots of white space in my card


Supplies:
Stamps: A new day by Wplus9
Paper: Canson 180gms watercolour paper, Colour Me 180gms card stock (grey)
Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours: no. 61, 67, 32, 53, 54, 47, 44, 40, 20, 46
Derwent Inktense Pencils: Iron Blue (0840), Iris Blue (0900) (Background)

Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon! 

35 comments:

  1. As usual, you watercoloring skills are out of this world!!
    hugs, Ashwini

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  2. This is the sweetest creation Marika. So real and beautiful.

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  3. Beautiful, this is a gorgeous work of art Marika, Cathy x

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  4. What talent you have. This is absolutely gorgeous. So glad you will be keeping it for yourself. You should find a frame for it!

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  5. WOW, what a pleasure to look at this! You did a wonderful job - it looks so real! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us!

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  6. Holy. Um . .There are no words! This is incredible!! You are so talented. Just added color?! Yeah right! All that gorgeousness is all you girl!!

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  7. Really gorgeous! The bird does look real!

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  8. Oh Marika!! Mr. Chickadee couldn't be more perfectly painted! Thank you so much for doing him justice, as I did NOT - and for adding him to our gallery at CTS!
    =] Michele

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  9. This stamp was made for you to colour Marika, you have totally made it your own!

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  10. My goodness - this is amazing! I wish that I could fly you over to the UK for a watercolouring tutorial. The bird is beautifully realistic. It should definitely be framed :)

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  11. You didn't just add the colour, Marika, you brought this bird to life! He looks amazing. Wonderful card!

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  12. Wow Marika I am surprised you don't have your art work at art shows you have done this bird exceptionally..

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  13. Oh My! How much do I adore this card! That Birdie has perfect coloring, Marika! Stunning card and great coloring skills! :)
    Suchi xx
    http://suchizcardstock.blogspot.com

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  14. This is really beautiful Marika and I love that bird stamp and the painting of it using the Gamsai Tambi paints which are such pretty colours. This looks so lifelike and the bit of blue you have used round the image works perfectly. I don't know what paper you use but it has a lovely texture, and it is so nice to have the sentiment over part of the image. x

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  15. This is just beautiful!! I could just pop this in a frame for a beautiful addition to one of my walls. STUNNING!!

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  16. This is stunning! Thanks so much for playing along in the TBT challenge!

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  17. Your watercoloring is perfection, Marika. I'm going to see Michele tomorrow and borrow her chickadee stamp. I hope I do half as good coloring it as you did.

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  18. OMGosh, Marika, you definitely need to frame this. It's awesome!!! You did a fabulous job of coloring this sweet bird.

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  19. My God, this is SOOO amazing!
    Hugs
    Ela

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  20. Wow, this is amazing! Fabulous take on the sketch!

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  21. Amazing, Marika!!!!! When it comes to watercolouring, you are surely one of the best out there!!!! Your little bird looks AWESOME!!!!

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  22. You “just” added the collar, Marika? I would say you've done much more than that — you've completely made this picture yours. Your coloring is simply fantastic; not that this is new to you, because you're such a fantastic artist, but it's just worth saying again and again :-)

    And I completely sympathize with your experience with customs. I also almost suffer nervous breakdowns when I know that a parcel from overseas is already in Germany, but stuck in customs. It seems like a black pit. It falls in there and you never know when it's going to come out again. But I find that increases the joy when it finally arrives at my doorstep :-)

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  23. That bird does look real - what gorgeous watercolouring! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

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  24. This is gorgeous!! And I loved reading your story of anticipation! <3

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  25. Stunning - you've done it again Marika! You are just super talented!
    Thank you for playing with us at INK for our "Space" challenge. Hope you will join us again next time :o)
    Pia xx

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  26. Shame on me, Marika. I haven't been anywhere but home, but my days passed so fast this last two weeks that I didn't get to comment your latest cards. Which doesn't mean they didn't catch my eye - of course they did, as they always to. Especially this cute little chickadee. Its awesome!! I almost can't stop looking at him and as I do always discover another brilliant detail.

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  27. OMG!!! Absolutely gorgeous coloring!!! Amazing card!

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  28. Absolutely Gorgeous Watercoloring! I wanted to say THANK YOU so much for listing the Kuretake Gansai Colors you used!!!! Plus the Intense Pencils! It HELPS SO MUCH! And the watercolor paper too! Thank you! Would LOVE to see a video!

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  29. I was lost how to colour this image and used your card for guidance. (mine didn't turn out as beautiful, but I am learning :) )
    Thank you so much for sharing and for the inspiration!

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  30. Marika, thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us. This is stunning, and I love the close-up image! I am very slowly starting to watercolor, and you are such an inspiration! Hugs!

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  31. I love chickadees, and I love your card. Beautiful painting. Thank you.

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