Sunday, May 21, 2017

Intense Graduated Wash and Hand Made Bubbles!


Hello, and welcome to my blog.
I have been experimenting with different watercolour papers to see how they respond to the Stampin' Up! inks, and I was blown away when I saw the intensity of colours you can achieve with Arches Watercolor 300 GSM Medium.


I stamped and heat embossed the images from  the Seaside Shore Stamp Set #141625 Clear mount, using clear embossing powder. You could also use white embossing powder and the effect would be very similar.

                                    Seaside Shore Stamp Set  Wood Mount #141622   #141625 Clear Mount

The key to a great watercolour card is to tape your work to something thick. I have plenty of backing sheets from all the 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper stacks I have purchased over the years, and find these are also handy when copic colouring, as the colour will bleed through onto your work surface if it is unprotected.

Back to the watercolour project... I used 3M low tack painters tape, which you can buy from any paint store. You may even have some already in the garage if you have been working on painting projects around the house, as Paul and I have!
Once you have taped down your watercolour paper you can get it as wet as you like. I always keep some folded paper towel handy for blotting up any excess once I start laying down my colour, and it is helpful for cleaning my Aqua painter as well.


Look at the intensity of Tempting turquoise! Wow!

The fish are practically jumping right off the page with such a strong contrast!
I let my project dry naturally, but you could speed it up with your heat tool.

For some added pizzazz I made 3 fun bubbles in large, medium and small, coming out of each of the fishes' mouths. Fun! 
I put 3 large, 3 medium, and 3 small dots of Crystal Effects onto my silicone craft mat and let it dry overnight. You have to be patient with this, as they have to be perfectly dry when you attach them to your finished card.  

I figured since I was allowing the art panel to dry naturally (and it was getting quite late in the evening as I love night-time stamping!) I would wait for morning to see the results...and...Hey presto! Home made bubbles!

                     I hope you enjoyed today's project. I really love to hear your comments,  and have a wonderfully creative day.
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