Are you ready for this? This has been one of the most requested lessons of this series, and I think you’re going to be giddy when you figure out that you can get an easy watercolor look with every distress ink that you have! Here’s the video for this lesson:
Here’s the finished card:
Here’s a close-up that shows the pretty watercolor effect:
Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse and Vintage Cream-Tag only), Watercolor Paper – Canson, Ink – Ranger (Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss and Jenni Bowlin Studios Ink in Brown Sugar) and Tsukineko (Versamark), Stamps – Hero Arts (CL449 Delicate Blossoms) and Papertrey Ink (Tiny Tags), Die – Papertrey Ink (Tiny Tags), Ribbon – Papertrey Ink (1/4” Silk), Embossing Powder – American Crafts (Gold Zing), Brown Marker – Stampin’ Up! (Chocolate Chip).
The lesson PDF that you can download and print for free is here.
Techniques in the Video
- Start out by embossing your image on watercolor paper (watercolor paper results in much more vibrant colors for this technique especially). You can also stamp in a waterproof ink, but I like embossing because it helps me stay in the lines when painting.
- Tap your three coordinating (mixable!) colors onto your non-stick work surface. Spritz each blot of ink with a couple sprays of water. This is your palette.
- Begin coloring your image using a thin watercolor brush. (You can buy a beginner’s tiny brush set for under ten dollars at a big box or local art supply store.) Color one area at a time, starting with the lightest color and adding darker colors as desired.
- Once done with coloring the flowers, wipe of the mat with water an a towel and make a greens “palate” (using the same technique as before) to make puddles of green to color the stems.
- Carefully color the stems with a thin brush. If you go outside of the lines. Try to get as much of the color out as possible by painting over it with a brush with clear water. This works much like a Copic colorless blender.
Terri: I was wondering if some of your techniques would work well with the distress stains. Do you think you’ll experiment? I’ll bet you could do fabulous things with the new Faber-Castell products too.
Answer: I do have a couple distress stains, and I’m looking forward to trying some of these techniques out with them. I know emboss resist works very well with them (thanks to this post from Jennifer McGuire), but I haven’t really got to play with them yet. And I’d love to try out the new Faber-Castell products. Anyone want to send me them for free? Hehe just kidding.
If you have any other questions, post below! Thursday is the last lesson for this series, so I want to do a wrap-up type video (it might be kind of long!) where I incorporate a lot of techniques. Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see. In a few weeks, I’ll also be releasing the whole series + pretty PDFs + bonus videos and pdfs for sale as a package here on my website. I’d love some input for that as well. Tell me what you want to see! :)
Thanks for stopping by today! Today’s been dreary and mopey in general, but I did work out and am inspired to get lots of homework done tonight. Woot! My theory is that if I just keep moving, I won’t give myself the opportunity to crash… haha.