Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Watercoloring Wonderfully

I just finished my first of two classes on watercoloring today and had a great time. I love classes with 1-2 people, as we get time to talk, there's no sharing of supplies, and it's quiet. I love quiet.

At the class, each participant made 6 cards-one to match each technique. We covered a lot of basics. My main goal was to have stampers get a chance to try all the ways to watercolor. Experimentation is important to greatness!

Each Project used a colored piece of textured paper, watercolor paper, dimensionals to make the image pop up, and Basic Gray ink.

Watercoloring with Markers
Paper: Real Red Texutured, Tempting Turquoise, Watercolor paper
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Real Red Marker, Pumpkin Pie Marker, Tempting Turquoise Marker, Photo Corner Punch, Red Striped Ribbon, Blender Pen or Aquapainter, Window Sheet

To use markers, scribble markers on clear plastic. I used a piece of our thick window sheets. I simply have to wipe them to reuse. How easy. Draw up ink using the blender pen or aquapainter and paint away! Be careful about too much water so colors don't bleed on the detail parts.

Watercoloring with Craft Ink
Paper: Old Olive, Watercolor Paper, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise Craft Ink, Old Olive Craft Ink
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Certainly Celery Buttons (from Fresh Favorites collection)

Craft Ink, you say? Yep. It works. Just squeeze the closed ink pad together to transfer ink onto the lid. Open it up and you'll have a palette of ink to work with.

Watercoloring with Classic Ink
Paper: Pumpkin Pie Textured, Taken with Teal, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Basic Gray, Taken with Teal, Gable Green, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Arrow Punch, Word Window Punch, Gable Green Brad, Aquapainter or Blender Pen

Like with the craft ink, squeeze the lid and base together to make a palette. You can also use the pen on the pad to get color, but this can leave bare spots on your pad, so be careful.

Watercoloring and Embossing

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Watercolor Paper, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Heat Gun, Black Embossing Powder, Aquapainter

I love this technique for it's striking appearance. Stamp your image in versamark, emboss with black, and the color using the aquapainter. The ink will never run!

Watercoloring with Watercolor Crayons
Paper: Perfect Plum, Blush Blossom, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Scallop Punch, Aquapainter or Blender Pen

I love these crayons. Brush the Aqaupainter on the end of the crayon (try to use the flat end if you want to ever use them for coloring). Then use the aquapainter as a brush. Squeeze for more water. Brush dry on scratch paper for less. Fun. Fun. Fun.

Watercoloring with Pastels
Paper: Pale Plum, Watercolor Paper, Mellow Moss
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Pastels, Blender Pen, Scallop Punch

This was the first technique I ever learned. I was awed. I bought pastels the same day and continue to use the same set to this day. I use one side of the pastels for blender pen use since it can make them hard and the other side for pastels. Simply brush the tip of the blender pen onto the pastel square and then color on paper. The sheen is really cool.

Happy Stamping!

1 comment:

  1. Good job on the cards but for some reason when I click on the picture it doesn't "super-size".

    Thanks for giving the tips on watercoloring with pastels- hadn't heard of that and now want to try! TFS!


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