Sweet Slices

Ahhh Summer (at least that;s what they tell me, it’s been raining for 5 days strait!) Nothing says summer to me like cold crisp watermelon and I’m gonna show you a very easy way to paint (yes I said paint, now hold on, don’t freak out I swear it is easy) some realistic slices of the good stuff like I did on this card. I used this weeks sketch at 2 Sketches 4 you for inspiration:

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Arches, Paper Pizzaz, Basic Grey, Tools: Score Pal, Score Bug, Cricut & SCAL software

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Arches, Paper Pizzaz, Basic Grey, Tools: Score Pal, Score Bug, Cricut & SCAL software

Have you seen the cute Lori Renn stamps they have over at The Rubber Cafe? They took a bit of getting used to for me because they are rather large but that makes them perfect for scrapbook pages or as a focal work on a card. I hand wrote “let’s get” and stamped “Together” then wrote “for a B-B-Q” I love how it turned out because getting together is the best part of a barbecue IMHO :) I added a little texture buy using a Scor-Bug and Scor-Pal to make my stitching and I cut my Label, knife and fork with my Cricut and SCAL software. Did ya notice that I embossed the edges of my label? Check out yesterday’s post to see how.

Now on to the painting. You will need a sheet of watercolor paper (I’m using Arches 140# cold pressed but use whatever you have, white cardstock will work in a pinch just don’t pre-wet it) a 1″ wide paintbrush, and paint (I used Sap Green and Alizirian Crimson by M Graham & co.), plastic wrap and a jar of water.

step 1. Draw a circle on the paper (mine was about 8″ wide) you can use a compass or just trace a bowl. Wet the paper inside the circle with the brush. Dip one corner of the paintbrush in the green and paint around the edge.

watermelon painting step 1

watermelon painting step 1

Step 2. paint the middle of the circle with juicy red watercolor (the color will dry a shade lighter so don’t be shy with the color) if it starts to run into the green paint use a tissue or paper towel to blot the paper between the colors. Don’t worry if it looks sloppy, it will turn out just fine :) Quickly take a piece of plastic wrap and press it to the red paint and smoosh it so it created interesting patterns and let dry for a couple of hours or over night. The longer you leave it the more dramatic the results will be. I left mine on for a couple of hours.

step 2: press plastic wrap into the wet paint for interesting texture.

step 2: press plastic wrap into the wet paint for interesting texture.

To finish: Cut out the circle and cut it into slices (very easy with a paper trimmer). I used a teardrop punch and black cardstock to make my seeds. I think these would also be cute as place cards or as a pot luck dish marker.

when dry trim the circle and cut into wedges.

when dry trim the circle and cut into wedges.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you try this technique on one of your next craft projects. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

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12 Responses

  1. oh, too cute! And it really does look like watermelon!!!! Thanks for sharing this….. I’ll have to try this……

  2. oh yum!! what a fantabulous card! your watermelon technique is awesome!!!

  3. What cute watermelon slices!! Darling card! TFP!

  4. Very cool technique! So simple, yet very effective!

  5. What a great idea! Looks great and yes, it does look easy, even with using paints. :)

  6. very clever and super cute.
    Thanks for playing :) Kazan

  7. Absolutely stunning! Wow – soooo love the watermelon – and such easy instructions!!! LOVE it!

  8. Love this idea! It really looks like watermelon!!!!! Thanks for the instructions. Maybe thinking about warm days and cool watermelon will actually bring us some…I’m so tired of the rain…

  9. This is just amazing! My daughter said the cheese is missing. She always puts a piece of cheese on her watermelon…..I don’t know where she got that from. I can’t wait to try this with her. Thanks

  10. What a great technique!! When it stops raining here I’ll give it a try!

  11. NOw that is Just FAB FAB FAB!!! made me want a watermelon too…:O)

  12. wow! that’s an awesome technique for the watermelon! very creative! I like the cute card!

    Clouds :D

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