Monday, December 29, 2014

Altenew December Challenge - Peony Chinese Painting Card

For Chinese, the blooming peony represents "wealth". That's why you can see lots of Chinese paintings feature blooming peonies in assorted colors. Below is a best example I got from internet:

Of course, Chinese also love to grow peonies. Below is the peony my husband grew at our back yard. I love this pink lavender color very much!

Now I want to use Altenew's Peony Scrolls set to create a peony Chinese painting effect on a card to attend the December challenge. I use this ZIG Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 colors watercolor set to paint. The purpose I want to use this set is because this set has a Chinese painting color tone and it also has a gold paint in the set to let me highlight peonies and leaves. Here is the watercolor set I used:

First, I used masking technique and white embossed the peonies and leaves on a watercolor paper. Then, I picked color No. 36 (named "blush" in Chinese) and No. 37 (named "peony" in Chinese) to color the peonies. For leaves, I used No. 58 (named "clump" in Chinese) to color and applied No. 90 (named "gold" in Chinese) to highlight the peonies and leaves. I also stamped the Chinese New Year greeting on the card (which means "wish you lucky, peace, and wealthy") and stamped a red chop (which means "blooming peonies bring wealth") beside the greeting. Here is the finished card:

Below is a closer look of the card, so you can see the gold watercolor paint highlights on the peonies and leaves:

Cardstock: watercolor paper, PTI (white cardstock)
Stamps: Altenew, Chinese greeting stamps
Ink Pads: Versamark, Versafine, Stampin' Up
Others: white embossing powder, ZIG Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set, foam tapes

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  1. Beautiful work! Where do you buy your Chinese greeting stamps?