Happy Father's Day, to my dad and to all dads everywhere! This is the card I created for my father this year. It is colored pencil over watercolor and is based on a photograph of a sunflower from our garden. I used 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper. This is the first time I applied colored pencil over watercolor, and I really like this technique. It really speeds up the colored pencil work. I learned about this technique in Colored Pencil Explorations by Janie Gildow. This book presents a number of multimedia approaches to colored pencil (e.g., combining colored pencil with watercolor, pastel, acrylic, ink). The book includes a large number of awesome, inspiring pieces of multimedia colored pencil artwork.
I enjoy experimenting with colors in Photoshop Elements. Here is one such experiment. I like the blue background as well as the green one.