I started seeing watercoloring techniques for card making gain in popularity almost 2 years ago. And in the two years since, its popularity has only increased. During that same time, adult coloring has also become a big hit. Stampin’ Up! has embraced these trends–offering watercolor pencils, spritzers, water brushes, and “outline stamps”–and I thought I’d show you a few of the techniques over my next few posts. (Here’s a link to a post from 2015 about watercoloring.)
Lets start with a few basics. You can learn from me…I’ve learned most of this the hard way! You’re welcome! The key to successful watercolor techniques, IMHO, is the right combination of all the great tools out there. Because the first lesson of watercolor is that water and paper generally do not play well together. I say generally, because there are two types of paper that do work:
- Watercolor Paper (obvi!)
- Shimmery White Card Stock
Please don’t waste your time (or paper) trying to watercolor with other cardstock. As you experiment with techniques, in general if you are going to use a lot of water, use watercolor paper. The Shimmery White cardstock will only tolerate “some” water.
Ombre/Rainbow: Watercolor Wash
A watercolor wash is simply a block of color(s) painted as a background. I experimented with the new watercolor pencils, and also with my ink pads to give you a sense of what works where. Here are 3 examples, and I used the same colors on all 3 so you can see what works. (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie)
Watercolor Pencil with Aqua Painter on Watercolor Paper. Watercolor paper has some texture, and you can see the effect here.
This technique has 2 steps:
- Lay down color with watercolor pencils
- Use Aqua Painter to magically create a watercolor look
I did not care for the results on this one (compared to the other two samples). I think it still looks like pencil.
Watercolor Pencil with Aqua Painter on Shimmery White Card Stock. The technique for this is identical to the first. I like the results here better, even though one area still looks pencil-y. I think this looks more like watercolor.
Ink on Watercolor Paper. This is another simple technique
- Squish your Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pad together prior to opening the inkpad. This will transfer some ink to the lid of the inkpad.
- Drip water into this ink to create a puddle. Start with only a drop or two of water so you don’t overly dilute the ink.
- Use the Aqua Painter to paint on watercolor paper.
Surprisingly, I think I preferred this 3rd sample. I think it looks the most watercolor-like (see the edges of the blob) and the colors seemed to blend better.
So now that you have a background, what will you do with it? Why not stamp a sentiment directly on the watercolor washed area, add a few sequins, and mount it to a card base. Voila! Clean and simple card, done! (Mic drop!!)
P.S. Be sure to let the ink dry (or use a heat tool to speed it along). Learned that the hard way too.
Stay tuned. My next blog will be about watercolor blobs. (Seriously, I don’t know if there’s a name to the technique, but the result is decidedly blob-like!)