You Are Beautiful!

Artful Crafting – Challenge 8 Water Coloring

Hello Everyone! :) Time certainly flies, im back again with my project for Artful Crafting’s Challenge #8 which is Water coloring!

Water Coloring is all the rage these days and was super excited when I got to know that was going to be the theme for the new challenge. Honestly I had not experimented much with water coloring myself so I was looking forward to getting down to it myself. I got a wonderful box of Prima Watercolor Pencils – The Basics set from Artful Crafting as the kit for this month.


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Prima launched 6 sets of watercolor pencils at CHA Winter 2015 this year along with the water brush pen set. Here are the 6 sets and I got to use them this month and I really enjoyed using them. The pencils are highly pigmented and soft and blend beautifully. These are the 6 sets showing the colors included in each set, thought I would share this with you all so it is easier for you to decide which sets to buy for your use.

http://prima.typepad.com/prima/2015/04/watercolor-tags.html

Using watercolor pencils is much easier then using actually watercolors in liquid or palette form, since you have more control. The pencils can also be used in a few ways, directly to color in and then blend with water, scribbling the pencil on a piece of paper and then picking the color with a brush to paint in and also by wetting the paper or the nib of the pencil itself and then using it to color. For this month’s project I decided to keep it simple and make a card that focused more on the watercoloring itself. I chose to use the second method, scribbled the pencils on to some paper and picked up the color with a brush to paint in on my card.

Started off with stamping the Cling Ranunculus stamp from Stampendous using Versamark ink onto Canson 300gms Aquarelle water color paper and then clear embossed it with ranger clear embossing powder. I then scribbled with the pencils onto a piece of the same watercolor cardstock to act as my palette and chose the colors I wanted to use for the flowers, leaves and stems. Here is what my palette looked like:

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I used the waterbrush pen to blend the color on to the cardstock and paint it in very roughly on to the embossed design. This is a very simple and easy method of watercoloring on to a clear embossed image, as you can easily color within the lines without the color bleeding out and can just color roughly as well if thats the look you are going for.

I trimmed the water colored image down to 4.25 x 6 to layer on an A6 offwhite top-folding card base. For the sentiment I didnt want it to be too harsh and distract the eye from the colored image so I again clear embossed the ‘You are Beautiful’ sentiment from the MFT stamp set and watercolored over it randomly with color from the black pencil. Trimmed it to fit and punched holes on either side using the Crop-a-dile and popped it on to the panel using foam tape. I threaded some grey embriodery floss through the holes on either side and tied it behind the panel to balance out the visual weight. Mounted the panel onto the card base using double sided tape and added a few diy enamel dots in lime to complete the look.

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Hope you all liked it and get inspired to try out some water coloring and experiment with the Prima watercolor pencils too! Do head over to the blog and see all the gorgeous inspiration from the design team. Will be looking forward to seeing what you all create :D

Till next time,
Amna xx

SUPPLIES USED

Kit:
Prima Watercolor Pencils – The Basics Set

Other:
Prima Watercolor Brush Pens Set
– Stampendous Ranunculus Cling Stamp
– MFT Polka Dot Greetings Stamp & Die Set
Versamark Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Watercolor Paper
– Enamel Dots
– Embriodery Floss
– Double Tape
– Foam Tape

Graphic designer, Paper Crafter, avid Photographer and a Foodie.
Loves all things handmade and things with clean, bold, graphic & minimalist styles. Lives in a beautiful valley north of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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