More Watercoloring

In my last post, I played with an old “ink and drag” technique using Art Impressions stamps and inspiration.

This card, also an Art Impressions image, still uses watercolor techniques, but in a more traditional way — stamping and coloring.

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I stamped the image in Imagine Craft’s Memento Tuxedo Black on the smooth side of Ranger/Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. To create my colors, I scribbled Faber-Castell PITT Big Brushes on an acrylic sheet. Using that as my palette, I picked up the colors with my water brush. I love how the colors came out — vibrant and easily blended and shaded.

I ran a piece of mint card stock (Paper Source) through an embossing folder (We R Memory Keepers/American Crafts), trimmed and mounted it to a top-folding card base. I mounted the car image on foam tape. So fast and easy! I love the way the Art Impression images lend themselves to my watercolor obsession — the images do all the heavy lifting and I get to color!

I’m also very happy with the color from the Big Brushes and will be using them more in my watercolor journey!

Thanks for popping in.

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Fun with Ink and Faux Watercolor

I love watercolor in all its many forms.

In an early post here I talked about a technique I learned years ago using die inks to “drag” in color to your stamped images.

Here’s one of the first samples I made using this technique, which I learned from Art Impressions:

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The idea is simple — color your stamps with a water-based ink or marker (in this early one I used mostly Marvy and Tombow markers). Then use a slightly wet paint brush to “drag” the color into the design.

I hadn’t played with this technique for a while until I found some Art Impressions stamps I bought way back in January!

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(I love how the stamps come with complete instructions. If you’ve never created scenes before, the instructions give you confidence to build a scene. Also, there is lots of great information and inspiration on the Art Impressions YouTube channel.)

For the first impression, I stamped the girl using Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Pumice ink on the smooth side of Ranger’s Tim Holtz watercolor paper (I do love this paper — the smooth side takes stamped images well while still holding up to water.)

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Then I started playing with coloring, using a variety of Marvy (yes, my OLD Marvy markers that were still nice and juicy!), Tombow and Distress markers.

Here is the finished card:

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(You can’t really see it here, but I added some clear Wink of Stella to her dress and hat for subtle shimmer. Man, do I love Wink of Stella!)

The set also comes with this adorable bridge:

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The only thing stamped here is the bridge itself, stamped with Distress Vintage Photo. For the rest, I just added watercolor shapes, just blobbing on where I thought trees and grass and flowers should be.

I dried that, then added details, stamping some shrubs and flowers and softly blending them with my water brush. Here is the finished card:

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And here is a shot of my messy desk with all the materials scattered around:

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How can anyone work that way???? Grin.

My next post will have a few more samples. Thanks for stopping in!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Flesh Tones

Do you ever struggle with getting flesh tones right on your stamped people? (Or animals?!)

Prima’s Hair & Skin Tone watercolor pencils by Julie Nutting makes it easy — perfect for coloring in her big dolls!

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Here’s a look at just the skin parts:

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(And how about that great Julia Nutting stamp? This pretty lady, Audrey, is from Julia’s series.

These stamps are not small:
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But they are so much fun! In another post, I’ll show how I use these “dolls” in different ways.

Thanks for looking! (Yes, this was supposed to be posted Friday. Sigh.)

Fabulous Fiskars Fuse

I needed a quick gift for a friend and decided some letterpress-like gift tags would be just right.

Using my Fiskars Fuse, I was able to make more than a dozen tags in a about 20 minutes:

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The Fuse (which I wrote about in this post) cuts, colors and creates a letterpress impression in one fell swoop. I use regular inks — pigment or dye (although a well-inked pigment pad seems to give better coverage).

Here’s a closer look:
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The bad news is, Fiskars is no longer promoting the Fuse and I couldn’t find it on the Fiskars Web site. The good news? The Fuse is still available online, just search for it.

Thanks for stopping by!