Hope everyone is doing great.
Its finally my turn today for the technique post for this month’s Artful Crafting’s ‘Water coloring’ challenge. There are 2 weeks left for the link up to close and the design team is so looking forward to your entries :)
I understand that for a lot of us water coloring is a bit daunting, I have been repeatedly told by friends that it isnt a very difficult medium to play with and comes naturally when you get the hang of it. Honestly I still struggle with getting the organic soft look so characteristic to watercolors, but then again I havnt ‘played’ around with it much either. Since I knew beforehand that it would be my turn to do the technique post as well this month, I wanted to come up with something that was easy to do for everyone.
I decided to try my hand at getting a water colored stamped image. Initially I thought I would use distress inks for this purpose (i got a hang of stamping with them too only recently) but I decided to try the Prima watercolor pencils instead. I really wasnt sure how this was going to turn out but I loved the result! :D So lets get down to it!
Now like I mentioned in my previous post, the pencils can be used in a number of ways. You can either scribble them on to paper and then pick the pigment up with a wet brush; or wet the surface and take the pencil to it or wet the pencil nib and then ‘paint’ with it. I decided to try the 3rd method, wet the pencil and then paint on to the surface.
I have this stamp set from Kaisercraft ‘Sweet Pea’ purchased from the awesome Artful Crafting store, which has this gorgeous flower stamp, which I had never gotten around to use. SO I pulled that out and took out the red, plum, dark green and light green watercolor pencils from The Basics Prima set. I dipped the nibs in a small water blob that I put on an acrylic sheet (so it doesnt get soaked) and then took them directly to the stamp and was I surprised! I thought they might not be as easy to use BUT they went on like butter, coloring the stamp was a breeze! :D
I colored the flower with the red and then added some color in the center and the edges with the plum. Then colored the leaves with the light green and added depth in the centers and edges with the dark green. Then I spritz the stamp with water using a mini mister keeping it at half an arms length away from me and stamped it onto heavy weight Canson 300 gms aquarelle paper. TaDa! :D
Then I spritz it again and did a second generation, third generation and even a fourth generation stamping without touching the pencils to the stamp again! Awesome! the pencils are super pigmented! Im super happy with trying them like this, im going to do a lot of stamping using them now. The control you have with them is great, you can go into smaller places and highlight details which isnt possible when using a distress ink pad.
I liked the second and third generation stamping more for this stamp and fussy cut the flowers out and used two of them and made a simple Birthday side folded A6 card for a friend. Cut the largest circle from the SSS stitched circles die set from Teressa Collins paper cut to the size of the card base, tucked under and arranged one of the flowers on top. Finished off with the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set. Adhered everything with Ranger’s Multi Medium Matt. Here is the final card, hope you all like it and try out this technique as well!
Looking forward to seeing some great projects and your reviews on this technique :)