Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Candy Washed Spring Flower Tutorial

Today is the first day of Spring, even though it hardly looks like it here!  Oh well, I know soon enough the snow will melt and we'll be patiently awaiting bright blooms like these.  I promised last week I'd do a tutorial on the Color Wash technique, so here it is!  I thought I'd try a couple of different colors this time around and I think they really turned out quite pretty - it reminds me of a sweet candy shoppe!  Let's get started!


Stamp sets: Secret Garden, Bloomin' Marvelous
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Sycamore Street DSP (Sale-a-bration)
Ink: Versamark, Craft Whisper White, Island Indigo
Markers: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Gumball Green
Accessories: White Embossing powder, Aquapainter, Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack, Top Note die, Scallop Edge punch, Large Oval punch, blender pen, Snail, mini glue dots

Stamp images on Crumb Cake cardstock with Versamark ink.  Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set.

Dip the tip of the aquapainter into the pad of Whisper White Craft ink.  The goal is to have the tip of the aquapainter moist.  If the tip is too wet it will over saturate the cardstock with water, making it impossible to achieve the opaqueness were aiming for.

 Color in each image with the White Craft ink and Aquapainter.  It may take more than one coat depending on how opaque you'd like the image to look.  Let fully dry before moving onto the next step!  It can be helped along with the aid of a heat gun if you are impatient (like me).

Choose 2 or 3 shades in the same color family and begin coloring with the lightest (with this flower I used Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Night of Navy). You'll be following much the same method as you follow with Marker Layering.  Begin in the center of the flower and add a small amount of color.  Blend outwards with a blender pen.  For a truly soft look leave some of the white areas of ink peeking through.  Keep in mind that less is more when it comes to blending with a blender pen on cardstock.  If the cardstock becomes too wet the paper will pile - take your time and use a light hand.

Add the next darkest color.  Again, focus placing the ink in the center most portions of the flower and work outwards, blending outwards.  

The darkest color is added sparingly to add depth and dimension, again focusing on center outward.

That's all there is to it!  You will find it can be a bit of a time consuming technique depending on how many flowers and colors you use but the results always seem to be worth it.  Its the most soft and dreamy technique I've stumbled on and its addicting!  I find it quite relaxing to color, blend, color blend...

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!  

Just a quick reminder that Sale-a-bration is over for another year on Friday if you want to get in on the free stuff quick; but there is also some good news that day!  The Bigshot Roundup begins at U Stamp with Dawn and Friends!

The first project suite will be posted March 22 at 12pm EST and the fun will officiallybegin!  If your interested in signing up to check out all the projects suites, click on the blinky in my left sidebar to be re-directed to the site.  EVERY SINGLE BIG SHOT ITEM in the catalog will be used throughout the session - talk about inspiration!!

I've also added a few more sites to visit to collect your clues for the Late Night Stampers Treasure Hunt.  Just click on the tab at the top of my blog to find the list of all participants and get collecting your clues today!  For more info on the Treasure Hunt, click HERE.

Until next time...
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1 comment:

Karren said...

This is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing the technique details.

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