Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Water Colored Secret Garden

Whoa! Have you got your sunglasses on?  This card went a little wild on me - I didn't intend for it to be this bright but I think its growing on me every time I look at it!  This method of water coloring is a brand new technique to me - I think I require a lot more practice but I have to start somewhere, right?  I've always used blender pens and ink to create the water color effect but boy oh boy how did I manage without an aquapainter all this time?!! Plus, it gives me a great new avenue to use the Secret Garden set in a whole new way!


Stamp sets: Secret Garden, French Foliage, Bloomin' Marvelous
Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Cherry Cobbler, Subtles DSP pack
Ink: Black Staz-On, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Marina Mist
Accessories: Aquapainter, Basic Pearls, Large oval punch, Cherry Cobbler ribbon (retired), snail

So I'd love to explain how I did this, but I might leave you with more questions than answers LOL.  First I stamped the words from the French Foliage set in Staz-On ink across the entire piece of watercolor paper.  I then slightly wet my paper with an aquapainter then immediately began stamping the flowers in Cherry Cobbler.  The color will quickly pool and run in every direction; so be prepared.  At this point I  moved some of the color around with the aquapainter then stamped the flowers again.  I continued with this process until I was satisfied with the depth in the color of the flowers (in the end I probably stamped the flowers 5 or 6 times).  Next, I moved onto the More Mustard flowers and repeated the same process.  When I was happy with all the flowers I rubbed my Marina Mist ink pad along the edges of the paper and used the aquapainter to pull some of the color inwards on the paper.

I think next time I'll try use one of the outlined images from the set to repeat this technique.  I found a beautiful version on Pinterest that used Poppies - perhaps future inspiration!

Until next time...

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