Tips to make watercoloring easy
Today I’m going to share some tips to make watercoloring easy 😀 I’ve been practicing watercoloring using the Aquapainter and this image from the hostess set called “Bloom with Hope.” This card is created using Shimmery White cardstock but you could also use watercolor paper:
The images and greeting are stamped in Black Stazon which is a permanent ink and perfect for watercoloring. The greeting is from a new stamp set coming out in the Occasions Catalog January 6th. Stampin’ Up! is giving us more options with our stamps and the “Butterfly Basics” set is available in photopolymer, clear mount and wood mount. The photopolymer stamps are completely clear and the clear and wood mount stamps are the traditional red rubber.
The photopolymer stamps are very sticky and even stickier when used with the Black Stazon ink. After you ink up the stamp with Stazon, press firmly on the cardstock and then lift slowly. To avoid heavy staining, clean the stamp immediately.
Here are some tips to make watercoloring easy :
- Use a heavy-weight cardstock or watercolor paper (Whisper White cardstock will not work)
- Stamp your images with a permanent ink that will not bleed (Stazon is ideal)
- Use the Stampin’ Up! refillable Aquapainter
- Keep a paper towel nearby to blot any excess water (from the brush or the cardstock)
- Add color to the darker areas first, blot excess ink onto the paper towel, go back to the darker areas and blend the ink out toward the lighter areas
- Work in smaller sections so the ink doesn’t dry before you’re able to blend the edges
- The ink will dry lighter so go back to add more color as needed
- Leave some areas with little to no ink
- Remember that wet ink next to wet ink will bleed so be sure to let sections dry before adding a different color next to it
- Practice and have fun!
You will always get different variations with watercoloring as shown in the samples below:
You can also watch a video tutorial for watercoloring tips at my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel:
Remember that you can purchase these Stampin’ Up! supplies and more at my online store by clicking the “Order Online” link to the right or contacting me to place your order for you.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project showing tips to make watercoloring easy and will be inspired to create some of your own watercolored cards 😀