Thursday, July 26, 2018

No Line Watercoloring: Butterflies and Roses

Stampin' Up! released a video showing how to do no line watercoloring with the new Annual Catalog. I had heard about it from demonstrator friends, but thought, there is no way I can paint without lines. Well, it turns out, it's easy and gives a fabulous look! 


 Purty, right? I used my inspiration from  the other day.


Then, I tried a set with bigger spaces:

 and...

I am in love, love, love! So much so, that I created a video on the technique from my Lily Ink Pad Live this week. 



Basically, you stamp in Sahara Sand as lightly as possible on Watercolor Paper. I achieved that by "stamping off" once or twice to reduce the ink on my stamp. Then, you watercolor, using the faint lines as a guide. I found bigger images create better watercolor spaces and smaller images like the roses help guide each stroke. Letting parts dry between colors also helps. 

Then, I made the pieces I colored into cards--but I wanted them to be simple cards, so that the watercolor was the focal point. I chose Soft Sea Foam as my main coordinating color. I think it's beautiful with the orange tones! I wanted subtle backgrounds, so I tried out my new Big Shot Embossing Pads with a variety of framelits. Basically, these allow you to "emboss" with any framelit! 

I used the Springtime Impressions Thinlits on this pair. One, I used as a framelit and cut out the image and the other (the white one), I embossed. Different, yet beautiful effects. 


The other photographs don't really show the embossing, but I did use the Eclectic Layers Framelits and the Stitched Labels Framelits on them. I guess it's a in-person must see!

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Happy Stamping!

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