I saw Sandy Allnock doing a watercolor pencil technique the other day on her blog and decided to give it a try. She was using the blanks left over from diecutting for her outlines but I already had stencils so decided to use that instead.
The stencil (mine were poppies) is laid over watercolor paper and traced partway around (I am using the bloom heads only) with a watercolor pencil. The next bloom is laid overlapping it and another color is used to draw the new bloom head. Where they cross one another an in-between color is used.
When all the flowers are traced the same pencils are used to lightly fill in the blooms with color. The stems and leaves are drawn in with green.
An aquabrush was used to blend the pencil color inside the cross-over areas first, left to right. I then did the same with the stems and leaves and finally I went back to the left and did the blending on the bloom heads (this gave the first pass some time to dry a little before wetting the adjacent areas.
I did go back with some contrasting colors and add a bit to the bottom area of the lighter blooms as a shadow area as they looked too flat.
After drying, I trimmed the panel and stamped a sentiment in black and mounted the piece on a yellow base card. I also added a single doodle line in black to go with the sentiment.
Sandy also did the same with a line of hanging Christmas ornaments and suggested that it would look nice with fall leaves as well.