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Good morning! Emily Midgett here with you today. I have always loved the Winnie the Pooh series. I adored reading the books, and the VHS tape with “The Blustery Day” and “Heffalumps and Woozles” was one of my absolute favorite movies to watch as a child, then as a parent with my own little ones. I have read my twins the full anthology of Pooh stories, as well as shown them several different animated Pooh movies, so they were very eager to see the new Christopher Robin movie. One could say I’ve had Edward Bear on the brain and wanted to translate that into a card. 😉 Enter Bill the Bear.

I wanted to create a scene that looked like it could have been torn from a page in the Winnie The Pooh books, so I pulled out my Prima Decadent Pies watercolors, some pale ink, and Bill the Bear and Birds the Bees stamp sets. I stamped the images onto some watercolor paper using the pale ink, then used the Prima watercolors to do some no-line watercoloring. The trick with no-line coloring is to allow each section to dry before beginning to paint the portion adjacent to it. Painting two sections that are next to each other would result in the different paint colors bleeding into each other, muddying the lines and losing the definition of the image you’re painting. So, in this case, I painted Bill the Bear and, while he was drying, painted the leaves and branches. I allowed them both to dry thoroughly before adding my bright blue sky.

After Bill and his little scene had been painted, I allowed the panel to dry completely overnight beneath a heavy book. The amount of water used on this watercolored panel had caused the paper to warp a bit, so placing it beneath a heavy book overnight flattened it back out. I then stamped the Truly Great Friend greeting using sticky black ink and clear embossing powder. I am in love with this sentiment; it works perfectly with my faux Pooh bear, almost like it’s directly from the pages of the tales of the 100 Acre Wood.

Well, that’s all for me today! This card is nice and flat and easy to mail…. and perfect to send to a friend. 😉 I hope you enjoyed a bit of my no-line watercoloring process. No-line coloring can be intimidating, but if you don’t try, you won’t learn what works best for you! Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a marvelous weekend!

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