Watercolour greeting cards

Today we were based in the Connection Centre at the farm as the Boiling Wells site is being used this week and next for Summer camps. Rather than cancel our sessions we decided to run a peer-led group. We met at 11 and enjoyed tea and biscuits as we caught up and settled in to our new environment.

The activity today was making watercolour greeting cards for the farm shop. We started by wetting our watercolour paper with a water spray and sprinkling Brusho over it.

Some of the pieces of paper had embossed designs on them which acted as a resist to the highly pigmented Brusho crystals, others were left plain ready for die-cut greetings to be added later. We also had a selection of peel-off greetings and stickers to use as resists. When we were happy with each piece, we left it to dry on the sunny window sill.

For lunch, we had organised amongst ourselves that we would make cheese on toast. Everyone brought in a small amount of cheese they liked and some of us brought in tomatoes, fresh herbs and three different types of bread to make our cheese on toast more interesting.

One group member brought in lots of wind fall apples so we used the best middle parts to make dried apple rings for Christmas decorations and the rest we chopped up to freeze and use when we get back to our usual sessions at Boiling Wells in September. We had plenty of bruised and unusable bits of apple left, so after checking with Farmer Bill we went to feed them to the pigs as a special treat. This attracted a lot of local children who enjoyed helping us distribute the apple.

After the big lunch clear up, we settled back into our watercolouring. The paintings from earlier had dried so we were able to rip decorative edges using a steel rule as a guide, and start assembling some finished cards.

We used dimensional foam tape to stick our painted designs to hammered white card. Finished cards were put with envelopes into cellophane bags ready for the shop. We each chose our favourite card we had made to take home and give to someone.

Here are some of the cards we finished today:

finished6We really liked being able to see and appreciate everyone else’s designs and we all managed to make something we were really happy with. We made a tutorial for using embossing and watercolour that you can find here. Some of us will be continuing to finish off cards next week as well as make some keyrings and sun catchers for the shop. We can’t wait!