Saturday, July 19, 2014

Challenge 23 - Technique - Watercolors

Watercolors - by Leslie, Scrapy Land DTM
There are many ways to watercolor but I thought I would demonstrate one very simple way using Tim Holtz Distressed Inks
You will need one 4.25 or 5.5 sized piece of Watercolor paper or larger depending on what size card you want to make (available at most craft or art stores; 140lb is best. ), a spritzer or mister, an acrylic block (you can use smaller or larger than shown) and some distressed inks. I am using four but have also done this technique with just three.
I used a splat mat to protect my desktop and have on hand a paper towel to clean your block in between colors.
To begin, stamp one color on a small area of the acrylic block. 
and then mist; two or three sprays is enough 
then gently press the acrylic block onto the paper. Gently press down to spread the water/ink on the paper
 you then need to gently lift the block up and away from you, leaving a pool of color. Don’t worry this is the effect you want
 I swiped my block on the paper towel to clean it before using another color. If you get too much water on the card blotting it with a paper towel is an effective way to mop it up.
Continue with the next color
using the same technique and gently lift up and away
You can see how the two colors mix themselves together giving you a nice watercolor effect.
Stamp the last two colors in the same manner and when you are done it should look similar to this
Begin tilting the card back and forth or up can down and side to side gently to mix the colors until you are happy with the look and then allow to dry or use a heat gun to gently dry the card. Once dry it should look similar to this:

As you can see my color ran to the bottom of the paper but that is the beauty of watercolor, letting it be a bit messy and carefree. Having a nice white border also looks great! And the finished card:
Hope you enjoyed the post!


Sabina said...

Great post and great work!!!

Unknown said...

I wish I had my acrylic block somewhere. I am looking for it. this is super cool and a technique I wanted to learn