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! 

Supplies:

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.

Supplies:

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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2 comments:

Sue Kremer said...

Beautiful work. Thanks for the inspiration.

Leesa 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.

Leesa
www.allthingsstampin.blogspot.com

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