Thursday, May 10, 2012

Technique Swap: Watercolor


Every month my team does a technique swap. April was coloring. I choose to use the waterbrush. Check out these tips below on waterburshing plus view the entire team's artwork here: Slideshow

Tips from Brenda Rose & The CTMH Cruiser's Loop

Supplies Needed:
Outline Stamp Set
Black Ink Pad (archival or pigment)
Spray Pen

Directions:
    1. Ink outline stamp with archival black and stamp on cardstock. (archival ink smears less when using water). You'll want to use archival ink.  Staz-On is solvent ink, so it will smear when using this technique.
    2. Using the Watercolor Pencils: Color in an area of a stamped image. Start with lighter color and then darken shaded area. For a more watercolor look color outside lines.
    3. Use the waterbrush or damp blender pen to draw the color out.
    A little Q&A

    How do you clean your stamps after you use a permanent ink?
    When I use archival ink, I dab the stamp on a baby wipe and then clean it in the double scrubber.  If ink gets on your block, it comes off nicely with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

    Do you have specific ideas, tips using the blending pen, waterbrush or spray pen?
    Watercoloring can be done very nicely with markers or watercolor pencils.  You can directly color your image with watercolor pencil and the blending pen will even out the color.  When I color with the waterbrush, I just brush the tip of the marker (or you could tap the ink pad) with the water brush.  For a really rich hue, use less water on your brush.  I always have paper towels handy and desk pads so that they can practice first. As for using the spray pen, that is a BEAUTIFUL technique.  But rather than explain it, I'm going to direct you to a StampTV video - http://stamptv.ning.com/video/watercolor-spritz-1

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