Free Form Watercoloring

I'm calling today's technique free form watercoloring for lack of a better term.  I see people who do gorgeous realistic watercoloring and I really admire them.  But that just isn't me.  If I want to create in a realistic or controlled manner I'll use markers and pencils.  When I want to be loose and "wild" I turn to water colors (or at least a water based medium).
The sketchy nature of this stamp set called for a very free form style of coloring.  I used my ZIG Kuretake Clean Color Brush Pens for this card.  They have VERY vibrant colors which I thought would be perfect.  I applied a water wash to most areas and the went in with the brush pen.  If I wanted an area darker or more intense, I used my heat gun to dry it and went back over it with the brush pen.
The third heart was done on a separate piece of paper, die cut and adhered using foam dots.

For me, the final look I want to achieve dictates the medium I use.  In this case I wanted a very loose and free form look.  I've tried using the ZIG pens in a controlled manner but prefer my Copic markers for that.  These are great for a loose, artsy look.

I often say that I don't have a definitive style for my art.  It could best be described as "multiple personalities".  When I begin to create, I'm never sure who will show up!  This week - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - I think you can see that three of my personalities showed up at some point over this past weekend!  (All kidding aside, I think that my background in commercial art has given me the ability to be a chameleon.  When you have a client who wants a certain something you must learn to adapt.)

Today's card is entered in the Fusion Challenge for February 1 .  Here is the challenge that was posted:

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  1. Oh this is fabulous! Love your flowing watercoloring and those hearts and flowers are adorable! Thanks so much for joining us at Fusion.

  2. Swoon! This is so pretty! I love your soft watercoloring!

  3. FABulous hearts & flowers Jeanne, love your watercolouring! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION! Hope to see you again soon.

  4. I realize this post is a couple years old, but hoping it’s still active (🤞🏼) so I can first tell you how much I LOVE it! Second, I have a couple questions...
    1. What stamp (and die?) set did you use?
    2. What ink did you use to stamp with?
    Hoping to hear back from you,
    Shelly Scherbarth

    1. Hi Shelly - thank you for your kind comment. I'm so happy you like this card! I used a Simon Says Stamp set called "Roses for You" and the matching dies (same name.) I'm pretty sure I used Stazon Black for the images. It's only been within the last year so so that I've started to use My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink when watercoloring. Stazon is really good for watercoloring and is a nice rich black but it does stain photopolymer stamps. That doesn't affect their stamping but it does make it harder to see through them, which is one reason I've switched to the MFT Hybrid. I colored this image with ZIG Kuretake brush pens. Thanks again!