Monday, June 21, 2010
Watercolors for Dummies
Watercolors appeal to me. Unfortunately I can't draw a straight line and my painting leaves a lot to be desired. But thanks to stamps I can give the technique a try. This way is sooo easy it is almost fool proof. Almost fool proof because I have managed to muddy my colors occasionally.
Stamped and embossed the stencil flower on watercolor paper. Using a mist sprayer, wet the paper.
I used dye ink pads and dabbed the colors onto an acrylic block.
Using a water brush pen I picked up some of the color and applied to the flower. Use less water for more intense color and more water for lighter areas. Just keep playing with it until you get the look you want.
For the center of the flower I applied color directly from the marker.
The background was created by by spraying the watercolor paper with water.
Inked the large canvas stripe stamp with dye ink and sprayed the stamp with more water. Because I knew I wanted a very soft effect I gently wiped the stamp with a cloth to remove some of the ink and water.
Then stamped on the wet paper. A couple of the edges were a little darker and crisper than I wanted so I used the watercolor brush to apply water and soften them.
Cut a strip of white card stock and punched both sides using the Martha Stewart double loop punch.
Cut a smaller strip of the watercolor paper and punched both sides using an EK success punch.
Punched and colored the butterflies and positioned on layered stripes.
It is going to be very hot here this week, mid 90s, and the humidity is terrible. So to combat the heat, the plan is to stay in and create............except for work, except for errands.....
Hope you are staying cool and have lots of creative time!