For my next installment I decided to work with one stamp and play around with it, see what different effects I could get.
The stamp is Hero Arts Hydrangea, and I am still coloring with my Stamper’s Big Brush pens.
So this is the faux watercoloring technique, where one colors a stamp with markers, and then mists it with water to make the colors run and flow like watercolor paints. This is a first-generation impression — still pretty crisp on the flower head. I stamped this on bristol paper, which is very smooth — an alternative substrate suggested by Jennifer Rzasa in the “Watercoloring for Cardmakers” class. It took the ink and the water pretty well, without buckling, and I left it to dry naturally.
This card uses the second generation impression from that same stamp — I misted it with water again and stamped again on the bristol. I’m finding that I often like the second generation imprint better than the first. I like how this one is very crisp up at the top left, but becomes very blurry and “watercolory” at the bottom.
The background paper is from a K & Company pad. The banner is a Spellbinders die, and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts Everyday Sentiments set. I really, really like how this card turned out. Someone needs to hurry up and have an anniversary, so I can send it.
For this last card, I misted and stamped the image, and then took a damp paintbrush and pulled the wet ink into the interior of the leaves and blossom. It turned out rather blurrier than I would like, but it is still recognizably a flower, and I do like the dreamy, pastel quality. (When I showed it to my husband, he said, “Pretty,” instead of, “What is that?” so I know it still works.) The photo doesn’t quite do it justice, it is prettier in real life. The image looks muddy here, but it is actually quite clear and translucent in real life. (I’m sorry, I’m not the best photographer.) Again I left it to dry naturally, trusting to the ink to create unique patterns as it dried.
So I’d say I can recommend bristol paper as a surface for some watercolor techniques. And I’m finding that what everyone says is true — less is more when it comes to watercolor. You just have to accept the loss of control you get with such a wet medium, and trust the paint/ink/pigment to do its own thing and present a unique result. If you fuss around with the paint and the image, trying to “fix” it, you will more likely just mess it up. It’s hard to let go of that control, but watercolor demands it.
UPDATE: I am really happy with the anniversary card, so I am going to enter it into the following challenges:
The Amusing Challenge — Anything Goes
Penny Black and More Challenge — Use Your Favorite Stamp. That hydrangea maybe is not my absolute favorite stamp, but I do use it an awful lot. It is one of my favorites.
Crafting at the Weekend — Always Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Challenges — Anything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow — Floral
Creative Corner — Flowers
Fun-Day Friday Challenge — In the Garden
Aud Sentiments Challenge — Two Word Sentiment
SSS Work It Wednesday — anything goes
I think that’s enough. Wish me luck!