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Gansai Tambi Watercoloring

Watercolor Butterfly

Hi All!

Today I’m using the butterfly from Altenew’s Bejeweled set with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. I’m still new to these watercolors, so I’m learning. But, so far, I love the colors and the texture of these paints. They are very versatile because they can be transparent or opaque, depending on the amount of water you use.

Here is a close-up of the gold paint in the middle, the drawing I did, and the shimmer I added with my Wink of Stella clear pen:

Watercolor Butterfly

Many of you have asked for details on my paintbrush. It is Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Round, #6. I purchased it at my local craft store.

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Enjoy the video and have a wonderful weekend!



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Gansai Tambi colors used: 139, 43, 50, 62, 90, 47

Altenew Bejeweled
Altenew Bejeweled
Stampin' Up! Painted Petals
Painted Petals
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Copic Black Liner
Copic .3 Black Liner
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
ekTools Trimmer
ekTools Trimmer
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat


  1. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 9:09 am


    Thanks so much for doing another video using these amazing watercolors. This really has helped. I can’t wait for mine to arrive. It takes so long for these to arrive Down Under!

  2. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Mary Jane

    Really pretty card Darlene. I’m loving the water colors but I definitely need more practice.
    I’ve been working on this months challenge and so far it hasn’t been going very well but there is still a lot of month left!
    Just a side note. I send cards to everyone I know but most times my cards exceed the demand which holds me back a lot of times from trying techniques that I see or trying new things. However, what I decided to do (and the challenges are what helped me to decide) was to send the extra cards I make (the ones that don’t turn out too obnoxiously bad) to a company that sends cards to the elderly and sick.
    So, rather than my cards just piling up and collecting dust, I can donate them to a good cause.
    Thanks for the challenges Darlene and all the inspiration!

    • wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 12:51 pm


      What company is it that you send your cards to? That sounds like a wonderful idea!!

  3. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 12:52 pm


    This is a beautiful card, Darlene! I love those watercolors – they are so rich and silky looking. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Lesley S

    Darlene, could you let us know specifically what brush you used in this watercolor…..the brand, size, etc.? Thanks also for such a clear explanation and video on how to square up a card when a sentiment is a bit crooked!

    • wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Lesley. It’s Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Round, #9. Sorry I forgot to give that information. I have added it to the post.

  5. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 1:43 pm


    I have had a crooked statement too many times ruin a card. I must get a T-ruler as your little technique to fix the crooked was wonderfully easy! Thank you!!

  6. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 2:14 pm


    Lovely water color card, I love this colors Darlene and you use them beautifully. Heat embossing the image is a great idea, it truly helps keep the colors where they should be. Thank you for the tip on how to fix a crooked sentiment, that is super helpful.

  7. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 2:15 pm


    Fantastic butterfly. Simply gorgeous. These watercolors are incredible.

  8. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 2:17 pm


    The watercolors are gorgeous. Embossing is a terrific way to stay in the lines. Just a beautiful card Darlene.

  9. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 2:20 pm


    I have to thank you for the T-square technique… I have one and now I can use it to straighten out my cardstock. I really love your card and I must get some of these watercolors. I’ve seen them around, just have to save up some pennies! haha

  10. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 5:17 pm


    Love the card, but would you please give us th manufacture and size of the paint brush you are using. Thanks

    • wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carmen. It’s Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Round, #9. Sorry I forgot to give that information. I have added it to the post.

      • wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 10:40 pm


        Thanks Darlene. You were answering this question for this person when I was asking the same question! Ha! Ha! Connie

  11. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Carol B

    Gorgeous watercolor card Darlene, you are amazingly amazing.

  12. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 7:52 pm


    Darlene, I love how you teach and the beautiful work that you do. Thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge.

  13. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 9:40 pm


    I love how you made your card…Love the Watercoloring.

  14. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 10:38 pm


    Hi again Darlene! Yes, I too would really like to know what brush you used. The correct brush makes all the difference. I don’t have a calligraphy brush but can see it would work well. But there are so many out there on the market. So the name and details of the brush would be so helpful. Thanks.

  15. wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 10:55 pm


    Sorry Darlene but the Loew-Cornell 7020 series only comes in even numbers as I just checked online at their website. There’s sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 but no size 9. Could it perhaps be a size 6 you were using (upside down 9)?

    • wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, it must be a 6 Connie! Thanks for pointing that out. They really need a line under the number. 🙂 I will update the post.

      • wrote on April 10th, 2015 at 11:55 pm


        Not to worry Darlene. It is an easy thing to do. I’ve done it myself a lot of times. Enjoy your weekend. You’ve earned a rest with your family. What a busy week for you!!!

  16. wrote on April 11th, 2015 at 11:17 am


    Awesome card, Darlene. Great save also on the crooked sentiment!! I messed up a card the other day with a major smear of something that was on my bone folder…luckily…and I mean LUCKILY I was able to just erase the smear…because there was no way to just cover it with a flower or cut it off. Whew! LOL Thanks for sharing more of your wonderful talent!! =)

  17. wrote on April 13th, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Susan Berry

    This card is beautiful. Love the butterfly and the water coloring. Thanks for showing how to straighten a card with a T-square ruler. I have one and should start using it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. wrote on April 14th, 2015 at 10:40 pm


    Love butterflies and love watercolour!
    Your card is stunning!!

  19. wrote on April 15th, 2015 at 9:49 pm


    Simple and elegant, you could frame it and put it on a desk for a gift.

  20. wrote on April 17th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Susan Berry

    Hi Darlene, I have not received any of your post this week, not since the 10th of April. Did I get deleted from the list. I have checked my spam and none of them went into it. Can you please check what may have happened. Thanks

  21. wrote on April 18th, 2015 at 9:58 pm


    Thank you for another great video. I always enjoy seeing you work and creating such beautiful cards.

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