Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! I’m back today with something a little different. I’m featuring a beautiful stamp by Taylored Expressions called Seasonal Sprig colored with Karin Brushmarkers Pro.

As many of you know, I’m a frustrated watercolorist. I love the look of watercolor – and sometimes even mimic it with my Copics – but beyond that I’m hopeless. I’ve got all the brushes, the best paper, lovely paints, and watched ALL the videos, but somehow it just doesn’t come together for me. Ever hopeful, I decided to give the new Karin Brushmarkers Pro a try. My friend Jill Killeen – who shares my watercolor frustration – had already invested in a full set and sent them to me to try. So after a bit of playing around, I finally got the hang of blending out the ink and controlling the amount of water used.  I’ve linked the supplies for today’s project with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions
  • Karin Brushmarkers Pro (see list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below
Rowhouse Greetings | Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

Coloring the Image Seasonal Sprig

I stamped the image on Canson XL watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. For the leaves, I applied a small amount of Lime Green at the base of the leaves with the marker, blending it out with a waterbrush. Once the first layer was dry, I applied a second layer of the same color with the marker, once again blending it out with a waterbrush. When the second layer was dry, I used the Olive Green marker to apply a small amount of color to the base of the leaves, carefully blending it with my waterbrush to keep the contrast between the two colors. I did the same thing for the berries, using the markers to randomly apply either Magenta Red or Pale Violet which I blended with a waterbrush. After the first layer was dry, I used the markers to apply a small amount of color along the darker edge of the berries and softened the light with my water brush.

OK – that probably sounded confusing, but once you get into the rhythm of doing it, the coloring moves along smoothly.

Rowhouse Greetings | Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

In any case, the results satisfied my desire to watercolor so I’ll probably continue using these markers. They’re available in sets and as single markers so give them a try.

That’s it for me! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads


KARIN BRUSHMARKER PRO: Magenta Red 170, Pale Violet 247, Lime Green 071, Olive Green 281

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

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