Hi Stampers!So, let me guess……you’ve never tried to watercolor because you’re not an artist? Maybe you don’t have water in your house? It looks scary? Well, those things may be true, but watercoloring is one of the most REWARDING and most forgiving techniques you will ever try.
The beauty of it, is that you do not have to have any idea what you are doing……all you need to do is try. When you order your aqua painter, first off, you get TWO! That’s right two, and they have different brush lengths and thicknesses. When I first got mine I did so at a big box craft store, and it was only one in the bag. And to be honest, it worked for some time, still does. But to be able to be authentic for you all, I ordered the brushed from Stampin’ Up! and was rather surprised that they came in two packs. Pretty cool if you ask me.
So now you have your brushes, you just need to fill them with water, and grab a cloth or paper towel, even a baby wipe if it’s handy. You’ll need something to blot with and to bleed the ink out onto if you want to switch colors. And trust me, you will switch colors if you give this a shot.
It is super relaxing to water color and there are many ways to do it, and I will have a video later this week to link in a few of them. But for basics, you can choose Watercolor Paper(WC), or Thick Whisper White(TWW)card stock, OR coming out very soon in the new catalog Thick Very Vanilla card stock ( which I am thrilled about!!!).
Then you have to make a choice, you can take your brush and lay a light( read not soaking wet) layer of water over the whole paper you are going to color, this works slightly better with the WC paper, but the TWW will work too, and slowly add in layers of the color you picked first. Clean you brush add a new color and repeat. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of water to the well side of your ink pad after you ova squeezed the pad together to create an ink pool. You can also achieve them same thing by adding a few drops of reinker to the well side of the pad and add a few drops of water too. The second technique will give a slightly more concentrated color hue.
And yet another way to watercolor is to stamp an image in either Tuxedo ink, Staz-On ink or Archival Black ink. Let the black ink dry thoroughly and then add in your color. I would stay away from laying the water onto the whole image for this version , as it will likely smear your image. However, that color be a very pretty, soft and washed out card, so I may just have to try that myself.
So my main point is, give it a try. Sure, you may hate it, but I find that highly unlikely. My bet is you’ll be asking yourself what took you so long to try it? One more tiny piece of advice, if you truly hate the image and think you have really gone down the wrong path, and who in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD is gonna want this card…..walk away. Let it dry, even give it a full overnight, and I thinking the morning you may be pleasantly surprised 🙂
Most of all, do not give up, create something that makes you smile, makes your heart sing, and may very well make someones day!
Until next time, Stay Crafty!
This features two new In Colors for 2017-19 Berry Burst & Lemon Lime Twist
139575 You’ve Got This clear mount stamp set
122959 Watercolor Paper
Berry Burst card stock
101406 Staz-On ink pad
132708 Tuxedo Memento ink pad
140931 Archival Black ink pad
141337 Stampin Sponges
133773 Sponge Daubers
126889 Stampin’ Trimmer
102300 Bone Folder
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
118491 Clear Block Bundle
126200 Stampin’ Scrub
102394 Stampin’ Mist cleaner
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