Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Iris Release

We’re reaching the end of the month, which means it’s time for a new Paint-a-Flower design from Altenew! I hope you are faring well through this troubled time, and that you are using some crafty time for calmness and therapy! You should be arriving from Svitlana Shayevich’s blog. If not, you can track back to the Altenew Card Blog to start at the beginning, or continue around until you loop back here.

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introducing iris

This month’s Build-a-Flower has a double bloom and single bloom as well as some exceptional sentiments. If you’re up for a challenge, this PAF is for you! Altenew is also introducing their own line of watercolor papers. The 4.25 x 5.5 package is 50% cotton and the 9 x 11 paper pad is 100% cotton. Both are very smooth and bright and both are 140lb/300gsm weight. There is also a new watercolor pan set – the Essentials 12 circle pan. It is a curated collection of 12 essential shades from the 36 Pan Set.

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a labor of love

Now, I never want to discourage you from ANY kind of crafty exploration. Really – just do, and try, and practice. But, let me tell you, this took a LONG time! There are so many nooks and crannies and twisty petals in this Iris stamp set that I spent quite a bit of time referring back to the stamp sheet and the packaging art to understand how it all worked! What was flipped over what? Where should shadows go? It was all a bit dizzying. Though, the results are stunning! I think this is one card that is going on my display shelf for now as a reminder to myself to “follow your dreams”!

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transparent watercolor (ish)

For this project, I worked on my transparent watercoloring skills. Though I don’t think this is exactly what it’s supposed to look like in the end, I did use this approach to my painting. This is a tough one to master, so take your time! I forgot to post it in the video, but the speedcolor portion (the last 5 minutes) took about 35 minutes total. Yes – for just that one flower! Yikes!!

Transparent Watercolor Ft. Altenew Paint-a-Flower Iris

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now, about that GIVEAWAY…

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win.

We’ll 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 blogs on 03/31/2020.

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Be sure to hop over to the talented Maryam Perez for another amazing project. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way to enter all the giveaways!

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34 thoughts on “Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Iris Release”

  1. You did a phenomenal job of painting. I love the way that turned out. I’ve been practicing – you make it look effortless. It’s breathtaking. Absolutely gorgeous. Thnx so much for sharing.

  2. Wow, I was really impressed by your watercolor technique concept using the vase in your demonstration. Your card turned out beautiful! I will be anxious to receive more of your posts and newsletters. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I’m loving these gorgeous pink colours on your card!! I Love the Iris Paint a Flower set!! Watercolours & Iris=Absolutely Gorgeous!! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

  4. I love how in crafting we can choose any color flower we want! This color scheme is
    my favorite (even tho purple is my fave color!) and I just think it’s so very pretty. It’s a
    gorgeous card.

  5. Watched the video and really liked it. Going to give this method a try. You do beautiful work with watercolors. I don’t have that patience. Just being honest. You really showcased this stamp set. Thanks for crafting for us all this week.. Staying home, crafting and staying safe. Take care. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the lesson on watercolor transparency. The demo at the beginning with the vase was especially illuminating.

  7. Beautifully done! I find water coloring relaxing, so a long time is fine with me. Of course, I don’t have any deadlines to meet. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Beautiful colors and water coloring. Thanks for the video and sharing your techniques. Such a great stamp, and you are an incredible artist.

  9. Got my set yesterday, ripped it out of the envelope and starting painting, trying to emulate your colors. Love them.


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