I took pictures along the way while coloring for a TUTORIAL (see below).
I used the Saddle Up set. Father-in-law used to have horses and cows, so I figured he'd get a kick out of this. And besides, the card is basically from the grandkids, so had to make it funny for them to give.
Here's the finished card full view.
Coloring supplies I gathered ahead of time:
Paper towels to dab waterbrush on inbetween blending each color
Tombow markers 879, 947, 312, 249, 451, 912, 847, 942, N15
Printed image on 90 lb. Canson watercolor paper
In the whole tutorial, water flow should be extremely LIGHT. You don't want water to pour out and make puddles, but you need enough to pull the color from the application areas to nearby. Basically, the brush tip is wet, but there's no dripping of water. If your water flow is just right, the areas you blend will look slightly wet right after blending, but not too shiny, and will begin to dry within seconds after it touches the paper. Good idea is to have a scrap of watercolor paper nearby and practice before blending each color, until you feel your flow is right to blend on your project.
MY COLORING STEPS:
1. I blobbed on some 451 color around the sky. Very uneven. I purposely made it "blobby" so that it would appear like a cloudy day after a little blending with the waterbrush.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here's a close-up view and the full card again:
IMAGE: Saddle Up Doodle Pantry llc
PAPER: 90 lb. Canson watercolor paper for the printed image, PTI dark chocolate, PTI ocean tides for card base, SU soft sky, printed digital paper from Shoot 'em saloon Digi paper pack by Doodle Pantry, and stripe digital paper from Four Seasons digi paper pack by Doodle Pantry
INK: Tombow markers 879, 947, 312, 249, 451, 912, 847, 942, N15
TOOLS: waterbrush, Spellbinders S3-006 Border trimmings die, MS fence border punch, paper piercer for brad holes, sewing machine
ACCENTS: Brads, foam dimensionals, SU soft sky ribbon