Monday, May 28, 2012

Watercolored Flowers

This weekend was yet another wet one that left us stuck indoors.  When I asked my 2 year old son what we should do to pass the time he said "Color!".  So while he colored garbage trucks and tractors I decided to practise my watercoloring techniques.  If you haven't tried this technique before, give it a try; the results can be stunning with a little practise.

There are a couple of key tools that are needed to make your project a success:
  • If your using a stamped image, always use Staz-on ink to prevent smearing when you apply your color
  • Always use watercolor paper; it ensures your colors blend beautifully together
  • A blender pen or aquapainter
I use one of two techniques when I watercolor; either with a blender pen and ink pad (used in my first example) OR Write markers in a few different shades of the same color family (used in my second example).  Let's get started!

Ink Pad and Blender pen Method - great for beginners
While your ink pad is closed give the lid a gentle squeeze.  Doing this will transfer a little pool of ink into the lid.  You can now pick up the ink with the tip of your blender pen and begin watercoloring! 


Stamp set: Word Play
Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Basic Gray, Primrose Petals
Ink: Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Manhattan flower embossing folder, blender pen, metallic brads, sponges, snail adhesive

Marker only Method - slightly more advanced method
Begin by adding your darkest color first where your shadows might fall.  Next, using a shade lighter, begin applying the ink using a circular motion, picking up some of the darker color and blending outward.  A light hand is key when using this method.  If you apply too much ink your image will just appear colored and lack the soft watercolored look your aiming for.


Stamp set: none
Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral
Write Markers: Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green
Accessories: Flower Garden embossing folder, Perfect polka dots embossing folder, Everyday Enchantment brads, snail adhesive

Thanks so much for looking!

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Sue Kremer said...

Beautiful work. Thanks for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

Just signed up to follow you! Your cards are beautiful and such an inspiration. I am going to be practicing your ideas. I found you on Stampin Connection.


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