For way too many years, I’ve been very hesitant to do water coloring . . . . one might even say I was a watercolor wuss. Happily, all that has changed. At the time of this writing, Online Card Classes has just finished up their best class ever (they’ve all been superb!) and I am busily playing with the astounding number of techniques I learned in the “Watercolor for Card Makers” class. This one involved the use of a stencil . . .
Using a stencil with a lot of open space, draw around the inside of the openings with a watercolor pencil. Remove the stencil and smoosh two or three colors of Distress inks on an acrylic block, keeping the colors separate. Then use a water brush or a slightly wet paintbrush to pick up a color and fill in the design. Alternate between applying color or using just water. Let dry and add more color for shading – which is a lot easier to do than I had thought. It’s that second application of paint that really makes colors sing!
With two weeks of classes and three or four videos a day showing wonderfully do-able techniques, I am an utterly reformed former watercolor wuss and I feel absolutely fearless. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go try another technique . . .
Cardstock: Bazzill Grape, Cheddar, watercolor paper
Stamps: 100 Proof Press “Wonderful”, CC Rubber Stamps Fibers
Inks: Distress Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed,
Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder: Judikins Opaque White
Pencils: Intense Watercolor Pencils Felt Green, Iris Blue,
Red Violet, Sicilian Yellow
Dies: Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,
Spellbinders Fanciful Flight
Doo Dads: Americana Jacobean Floral stencil, Queen & Co
Grass Green Rox, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen