Category Archives: watercolor

Video for Watercolored backgrounds

I just finished a video tutorial on how I created the background on these two cards shown on this blog a couple of posts ago.  The backgrounds were created using copic ink/colorless blender and copic ink/rubbing alcohol.

 

Here is the video:

 

 

Watercolor Gate and testing watercolor paper

A few days ago we woke up to temperatures in the 20’s but today it is in the mid 70’s!  That’s how it is in northwest Florida. And because of the beautiful temperatures I am still in springtime mode with watercoloring.

I am really such a beginner at watercoloring, and while stamps help I struggle to control the water, often ending up with just blobs of color.  My craft room contains many different brushes, several different brands of watercolor paint and a variety of watercolor paper.  All range from the very cheap to the more expensive.  The biggest impact in helping me do better however is the type of watercolor paper.  I’ve found that the better quality paper will allow better control of the colors and blending.  Here is my unscientific test of two brands of watercolor paper.

The stamps are all from Art Impressions.  I used the same stamps, same brand of water based markers (although in slightly different colors) but two different watercolor papers. Here is what I used – the unfinished card on the left uses Artist Touch, the finished card on the right uses Saunders.

Artist Touch Watercolor (the small blue tablet) – 140 lb weight cold press made in China.  Twelve 4 x 6 sheets for $2 at Hobby Lobby (before coupons, taxes etc). Aside from the price I choose this because it is a nice bright white color and most watercolor papers are more off white.

Saunders Waterford – 140 lb cold press, 100% cotton made in England.  A block of twenty 12 x 9 sheets for about $30 at Dick Blick. I purchased this based on the recommendation from an online watercolor class I took.

The results?  While I like the bright white of the Artist Touch paper, I found it difficult to work with.  Even the smallest amount of water would spread the color around quickly.  I ended up throwing away two pieces before I was able to get one I was reasonable happy with. I was able to work much longer with color with the Saunders paper.  The card on the right with the Saunders paper was my first try – so there was no waste.

About the cost…while the Saunders paper is more expensive, let me break it down to what it costs for a 4 x 6 piece.  The Artist Touch paper breaks down to about $.17 per 4 x 6 sheet.  With Saunders, breaking down the price of the block of twenty 12 x 9 sheets works out to about $.38 per 4 x 6 piece.  While Saunders ends up being about double, I think $.38 for a card front is well worth it.  And I had no waste when I used this brand.

Now, I think the less expensive brands have a place in my craft room – I will use them for practicing and testing colors.  I also like using watercolor paper as card bases and using the cheaper versions will work just fine for this purpose.

Thanks for stopping by today.

 

working with watercolors

I’ve been playing around with my watercolors and will be showing some of the things I’ve created.  Today is something very, very simple to do.  First, here is the card:

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The simple but vibrant band of color on the side could not have been easier.  I took a Kaleidacolor rainbow inkpad – Desert Heat collection – and stamped the ink onto a long and narrow acrylic block.  With my mini mister I lightly spritzed water onto the inked block then pressed the block onto watercolor paper.  That is all there is to it!!

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The stamps are from Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse collection and were stamped with Memento black ink.

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Mark’s Finest Papers June Release Day 3: Island Life

Welcome to Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Company’s June Blog Hop!

This month’s New Stamp Set Releases are
Welcome Poppies Featured June 19
I’m In Stitches Featured June 20

Island Life Featured June 21

Silly Shells Featured June 22

Today’s set, Island Life, is my favorite of the releases this month.  I love anything beachy and can see the images in this set used not just for birthday, but also for holiday cards that I send to my family up north.

This no-layer card was done on heavy weight watercolor paper.  The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with watercolors.  It was quick and easy – and you end up with a card that is a breeze to mail!

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don’t forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on June 23, 2012 on the Mark’s Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday June 22, 2012.

Lois

Vicky

Anne

Pat G.

Karen H.

Patty P.

Mary

Marilynn

Pam

Debbie

Nancy – you are here

Bonnie

Kathy

Brenda

Toni

Tangii

Thrifty Stamper

Sue

Kelli

Janine

Tammylee

Janis L.

Mark’s Finest

Island Life

Here is the final sneak peek for Mark’s Finest Papers.  This set, to be released next week, is called Island Life.  I am loving this set.  Living in Florida I am always  on the lookout for beachy type images and I love the ones on this set.  Here is my card.

I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on watercolor paper and colored with watercolor pencils.

Stop by next week when we have the official blog hop!!!