Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hey everyone, welcome back! I have a different kind of blog post today with Altenew (ALT). It is a wonderful collaboration between Altenew & The Daily Marker for the 16th 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Before I get into what coloring means to me, if you’re following the order for the blog hop you should have come from the legend herself, Kathy Racoosin. Make sure you stick around to the end of the post for information on entering the giveaway and the complete blog hop list if you get lost along the way.

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When I first started sharing my handmade cards over on Instagram about a year ago, one of the first programs I heard about was Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. The commitment for this challenge is to color every day, even if it is for a short span of time. This gives you an opportunity to explore creatively into your coloring mediums and take some time for yourself. Many creatives share their coloring projects on Instagram, and the beauty of that is how supportive the community is over each other’s projects. Now that I have taken on blogging, content creating, YouTub-ing part-time–I end up coloring nearly every day anyway. I’ll tell you though, making something every day after working my full-time job has become an integral part of my relaxation routine; my day does not feel complete without a little art–especially in response to recent events.

To make my watercolor card, I started with one panel of Altenew A2 Watercolor Paper and stretched my paper. I colored the sage/grey background you see on the top right of the image by making a loose smear with splatters on the stretched watercolor paper. Then I stamped the pears from Simple Fruits and the leaves from Leaf Clusters stamp sets with a light tone water-reactive dye ink.

I no-outline colored all the images following a botanical illustration style. I used the Watercolor 36 Pan Set to color my images and followed my color theory video to create depth in my arrangement. After I colored all the stamped images, I fussy cut all five pieces using a mix of craft knives and scissors. I tried to leave a narrow white margin all the way around the images.

Before gluing down and foam mounting the sentiment from Simple Fruits, I added white splatters to the entire arrangement. The watercolor panel sits on top of a kraft cardstock panel to warm up the fruits and leaves. That’s all for my solid stamp to outline stamp no-outline watercolor project. I love the result of taking a solid image and reworking it to create two different fruit orientations.


Watercolor 36 Pan Set

Watercolor Paper Set A2

Simple Fruits Stamp Set

Leaf Clusters Stamp Set

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Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and Kathy from The Daily Maker is also giving away a goodie bag (worth $30) to 4 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 5/6/2020 for a chance to win.

Team Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 5/9/2020.

Thank You!

I really appreciate you stopping by and participating in this blog hop. If you like what you’ve seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@jaycee.gaspar) and/or subscribing to my blog and YouTube if you haven’t already.

Your next stop is Nina-Marie Trapani‘s Blog!

Altenew Card Blog
Kathy Racoosin
Jaycee Gaspar
Nina-Marie Trapani
Kelly Griglione
Norine Borys
Vicky Papaioannou
Therese Calvird
Lydia Fiedler
Caly Person
Virginia Lu
Kristina Werner
May Sukyong Park
Kelly Latevola
Nicole Watt
Amy Tan
Maryam Perez
Lisa Spangler
Isha Gupta
Yoonsun Hur
Mindy Eggen
Nenette S. Madero

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142 thoughts on “Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

  1. Okay that might be the single most beautiful watercolor card I have ever seen. You are KILLING ME. But I hear you — I don’t know what i would do without coloring/watercoloring right now. Love your cards, as always.

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  2. you are truly amazing, absolutely love your technique and the effects you achieve. Love that you can accomplish two distinctly different pears with the color and additions, its a class for the taking,. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a great teacher you are. Your explainations are spot on and we can follow what you have done to your piece of work. Starting to understand your Color Theory and how you apply it to your painting. Beautiful coloring. Staying home, reading, crafting, blog hopping and staying safe. You all take care.

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  4. Jaycee, Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us. Using the water reactive ink to stamp the iris before watercolor is brilliant!
    Also the stretching. I feel I’ve learned to valuable lessons. Just watching your video, mesmerized me. Oh wow, colors were spectacular! 😁🥰
    Thank you!!!

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  5. Jaycee, your watercolored pears look lovely atop the wash you created. Such a fun and cheery card to send to someone right now! I am not familiar with ‘stretching the water color paper’ technique; so I will check it out! (When you say stretching, I think of how my mom always used to joke with me and ask me if I stretched myself out on the rack last night because I looked taller that day! Hahaha!) Cheers!

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  6. Thank you for this beautiful fruit!! It’s definitely more than a card front— it’s something i would disassemble and FRAME. I also earmarked two of your videos and will enjoy them later. The colors make those pears so appetizing I am getting hungry . . .

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  7. Your card is gorgeous. Your coloring always amazes me. I’ve been following Kathy’s coloring challenge for a while now, and it’s been so therapeutic, particularly the last few weeks. I’ll never be an artist, but I’m enjoying the challenge.

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  8. WOW! Those pears looks so realistic! Such amazing watercolour painting to get such great detail and perfect placement of colour.

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  9. First visit to your blog and I’m hooked! Who new you could take a solid image and create something like that? Well, not me. Going to your watercolor theory lessons now.

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  10. I cannot believe how quickly you have become an artist! You have such a natural talent that is just amazing. I love your technique! Makes for such realistic and stunning cards. Simply beautiful!

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