Painted Plaid

Painted Plaid

Today’s class of the “Simply Watercolor Christmas” course (from Online Card Classes) was called Plaid Patterns, and we were shown how to paint a few different styles of plaids. The instructors cut various shapes from their painted panels to use on their card samples.

I had A LOT of trouble with this class! Drawing/painting straight lines (freehand) is not my forte, and plaids are basically a bunch of straight lines. MANY panels ended up in the trash, but I eventually created a panel from which I could cut my stars. (The crooked lines were not as obvious in small doses. It’s going to take A LOT more practice before I can use a whole panel as a backgound!)

I didn’t have a clear idea of a card design in mind once I finished painting my panel so I cut several stars and greetings to play around with and had leftovers for a second card.

I used water color paper and Kuretake GANSAI TAMBI Water Colors (# 32 red, and #20 black) with a wide, flat brush to create the basic pattern, and then I added lines of #20 gold paint with a ruling pen and ruler. I had never used a ruling pen before; what a cool tool! (HERE is a video showing how to use it.)

The pierced nesting stars were unbranded. The greeting was cut with the “Joy” die by Impression Obsession (DIE436-D). The gold greeting on the first card was cut from a panel I painted with the same gold water color paint I used for the gold lines on my plaid panel. The other was cut from black card stock.

Here is the painted panel (or what is left of it):

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10 thoughts on “Painted Plaid

  1. Wow – I would never have believed that was hand drawn plaid without reading your process and the results are wonderful as stars. Great cards and nice CAS designs.


  2. First of all, both cards are dazzling plaid designs, Lisa! Second, you are braver than I would be to tackle making handmade plaid!! I’m lazy like that and figure there’s a reason God made pp pads, lol! But, seriously, go you!! Keep safe and enjoy the class! Hugs, Darnell


  3. Your plaids are amazing. The star design is with that gorgeous Joy die is perfection. Love! If that was a struggle for you it was worth the effort…they are gorgeous.


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