Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My super-easy, fool-proof watercolor technique

You're probably here because you've been hopping with Club Scrap and getting tons of inspiration on how to use the gorgeous Succulents collection. Click HERE for the full listing of participants, and don't forget to join us for the linky party!

I believe I have found the perfect medium for the three large images from the Succulents UM stamps. I cranked out half a dozen cards in a blissfully short period of time with this magical watercolor crayon technique!

You'll need a water spray bottle, the stamps, a sheet of 12x12 Ivory paper trimmed into six 4x5.25" card panels, and watercolor crayons.

1. Mount the stamp onto an acrylic block and mist somewhat generously with water. (Judging the correct amount of water is the only trick to mastering this technique. If you lack water, nothing will happen. Too much, and you'll get a big blob of nothing.) Color directly onto the stamp with watercolor crayons. Blend as many colors cas you wish.

2. While working, the water will evaporate. Have a card panel ready, re-mist the colored stamp with water, and stamp. Wow, right?

3. Without adding more color, mist the stamp once again and stamp a second time. Re-mist, and stamp a third time. You'd be surprised by how many images you can get out of one coloring session!

4. Splatter the panel with more watercolor by flicking from a water brush or toothbrush. Set the panel aside to dry, and continue experimenting with additional images and color combinations.

5. Stamp a sentiment onto each card panel with black ink, and accent with stamped script (Paris Flea Market Art Nouveau) and watercolor splatter (Dahlia Jumbo UM) stamped with Ash ink. This is where it's fun to incorporate tons of images from your stash! Mat the panels, add ribbon, and layer onto a folded card base.

I'm so pleased with how these cards turned out! Did I inspire you to give it a try?

Have fun, and don't give up if your first attempt doesn't go as planned. And never, ever judge a card until it's completely dry.

It's time to hop along to Roni's blog. Enjoy!