MONOCHROME Blog hop!

Welcome back to another Wednesday blog hop with the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team! This week, the team was challenged with the theme, MONOCHROME! Such a fun challenge that really makes you think creatively! When limited to one color, how do you keep your project from looking a bit flat and dull?

Monochrome Watercoloring- Brutus Monroe- Marie Nicole Designs

I will start by saying that I firmly believe that using less products and having a smaller stash will stretch you creatively. I think that being forced to use less makes you find new uses for what you do have. How do I know? I spend the first several years of my cardmaking endeavors with only a few items. Needless to say, I found every use imaginable for those few, precious items!

Monochrome Watercoloring- Brutus Monroe- Marie Nicole Designs

So, for today’s card, I decided to stamp, emboss, and watercolor using only ONE color- BLACK. First, I started by stamping out my COMSERVATORY OF QUOTES stamp set in black DETAIL INK and then embossing over it with my ICICLE EMBOSSING POWDER. Then, I cut a piece of MASKING PAPER into a square and positioned it over the stamped image. I used a piece of AQUA PIGMENT PAPER so that I could add some watercolor to it.

Monochrome Watercoloring- Brutus Monroe- Marie Nicole Designs

I then added some of my BLACK AQUA PIGMENTS around the MASKING paper, creating a loose frame. The masking paper did peel up a bit on the edges as I added water, but it still helped me create the look I was going for, so it ended up not being a problem. After I added color all the way around my masked area, I dried it with my heat tool and then peeled the paper up to reveal my square frame.

Monochrome Watercoloring- Brutus Monroe- Marie Nicole Designs

I love the look of layers of watercolor, so after the initial layer was dry, I added on another layer, and also some color to the leaves and the flowers themselves. Once all the color was dried, I trimmed down the panel to fit on top of a RAVEN CARDSTOCK card base, and adhered it down with FOAM ADHESIVE. Then, to finish the card, I added some black and white sequins and a simple “thanks” that I die cut with my ALPHABET DIES.

I think the use of the masking paper to make a frame is a technique I’d like to revisit again, soon! Maybe next time with a few more colors?

I hope you enjoyed today’s card! Please follow the links below to visit each team member’s blogs. Don’t forget to comment and leave them some love on their monochrome creations!

 

DANIEL

JESS

BERINA

ASHLEY

MARIE

LAUREN

LUISANA


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