Watercolor Lesson 3 – Ink Pads

By | May 25, 2017

Lesson 3 utilizes our ink pads as a source of watercolor.  Ink pads and a water brush as the tool to transfer the ink to paper.  You touch the tip of the water bush against the corner of the pad to pick up ink and then apply it to the paper.  I used mixed media paper so it would be easier to fussy cut (hello blisters from the other day).  Mixed media paper takes the water without that sort of pilling that happens when card stock is saturated with water.  We used two shades of a color; painted each balloon the light color and shaded each with the darker color.  I like how it turned out.

My homework:

As it happens the fox comes from a stamp set called Foxy Friends and is available in the new catalog as it is today.   The balloons are in Balloon Celebration and it has a coordinating punch for the balloons.  The word is a sneak peek of the Lovely Words Thinlets, coming in only 5 days in the new catty!!

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Moving on to Lesson 4.  I haven’t looked at it yet.  We’ll see tomorrow!


Watercolor Lesson 2 – make your own

By | May 23, 2017

Lesson 2  (otherwise known as make your own shimmer sprays)

We are learning to watercolor using the supplies we already have in a different way.  Today we used our shimmery sprays to paint with.  If we have those sprays, that is – but I don’t.  So, what does a resourceful crafter do when faced with such a dilemma?  Make them!  The only actual spraying required was to get some of the product onto an acetate to use as a palette, so no spray really needed at all.  Some gold Perfect Pearls, some water, and a drop of ink and voila! shimmery liquid.

My Homework:

Remarkable You stamp set was pretty close to the style used in the lesson and I stamped the images using Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  There were two shades of each color and you paint using the lighter shade first.  Build shadow or contour using the darker shade and blend using water. I fussy cut the images and arranged them on a 4.5 x 5.5 Whisper White panel prepared with some splatters of all of the colors.  Because the images were cut from watercolor paper, they sort of had their own idea of where they’d like to be placed.  I found out about Press n’ Seal from another blog.  It works like a charm to keep your pieces in the places you want.

Lesson 2 Homework What gives this homework a boost is the shimmery quality when you’re done.  It’s a little difficult to see, but if you click on the image…

These lessons are really enjoyable.  I got to be creative in some unexpected ways.  That’s what I love – all the things I have learned have a way of becoming cards.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Let me know what you think of Lesson 2!