8 October 2015

Watercolour Sunflower

Hello there, today I have something a little different to share with you. For my mum's birthday on Tuesday, I decided to paint a sunflower using watercolour paints. Of course, I made the painting in to a card!

I started off with a piece of Arches 140lb Hot Pressed watercolour paper and taped this to a board to stop some of the warping from the water. I then found a photo/picture online of a sunflower and butterfly. I used this as inspiration and sketched it on to the watercolour paper with watercolour pencils. I then painted the image with Winsor & Newton watercolour paints.
Once dry, I added a little clear Wink of Stella to the centre of the sunflower. The piece was cut down to fit on to an A2 card base. The sentiment, from the LF Scripty Sayings stamp set, was stamped in Versamrk on to a piece of vellum and heat set with WOW! Bright White Embossing Powder. This was cut in to a strip and wrapped around the watercolour piece. This was added to the card base with ATG. I then took an MFT Rectangle Frame die, cut this from white cardstock and added it on to the card with foam tape.


Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links.

WATERCOLOURS: I apologise that I didn't end up writing all the colours down but here is what I know ... Sunflower Head: Cadmium Yellow Pale, Gamboge, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Sepia, Sepia + Paynes Grey. Stem: Gamboge + Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Hooker's Green + Burnt Umber. Butterfly: Lamp Black, Cadmium Orange, Raw Siena. Background: Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue.

I wasn't completely happy with the background but my mum liked it, so that's all that matters! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!


  1. It's even more fabulous made up into a card - the frame really highlights how good it is. More freehand work please when you get a chance. Xx

  2. Michelle, your card is gorgeous! Fabulous job of sketching and painting this beautiful flower and butterfly. I'm sure your mum will be thrilled when she receives your card.

  3. This is so beautiful Michelle, what a fabulous treat for your Mum. You're certainly very artistic. xx

  4. This is gorgeous! I always LOVE your colouring - and this another beauty! Happy Belated Birthday to Mum! Cheers, Dotty xx

  5. A very different style of card to your usual, but I love it. Not sure why you don't like the background, it looks great!

  6. This is really stunning, Michelle! I think your mum will love your card. It's be-au-ti-ful!!!!!

  7. Gorgeous sunflower...so beautiful.

  8. Gorgeous. Would love to see a video of you using pencils the watercolouring.


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