Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day Nine - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

 Hello Friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thursday. Let's get right to the coloring!

Here is my cast of characters for today. I decided to use my Gansai Tambi watercolors with the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set. I've done this on previous posts, I know. But, it's a technique that I enjoy and I love the results. Don't be alarmed by the cracks in the paints, it's normal and has no effect on the paints.

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I started out by stamping the floral images onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I like that it's so bright and white. Then, I sprinkled on white embossing powder and heat set it. I let it cool for a bit and then taped it down to my board so I could begin painting. I love many things about the Gansai Tambi watercolor set. But, one thing I especially like is that each paint is in it's own pan and the pans can be removed from the box, so I don't have to wrestle with a large set of paints when I only need two or three. I simply remove the colors I plan to use.

I know I have been saying that watercoloring an embossed image is easy. And some of you have sent me email questions or commented about it, so I wanted to show you something...

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Click on the photo to enlarge it. This is how I watercolor these images. I dip my brush into clean water and brush it over the area I plan to paint. Then, I dip my brush into the clean water again, dab off a little bit onto a paper towel and pick up some paint. Next, I tap or dab the paint onto the image. I put the brush down where I want it to be the darkest. The water that I previously brushed on will wick up the paint and begin to move. The paint will eventually migrate to all of the places that have been wet. If the area becomes dry, I just add a little more water and the moving begins again. The beauty of using this technique with an embossed image is that the embossing traps all the water and keeps the image crisp and neat. It really is just that simple. JUST TRY IT.

This picture shows how I went back and re-moistened the areas and added more paint. There are two white paints shown; one is a shimmery pearl and one is white. I used them both with the dark paint to lighten it up and add some sparkle. When I added more paint, I used just the dark paint and that is how I ended up with the dark parts on the image. AND I prefer to let every layer air dry. No rushing things with the heat tool!

My finished piece is a different panel than the previous one I posted.  I created them to demonstrate the technique.

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I really like how it turned out.  I used the same method I explained above to create this panel. I encourage you to try this technique. You can use Distress inks or markers or any paint set you have. It all works the same. Play around! Have fun! I guarantee you'll love your results. If you try it, would you let me know? I would love to see your artwork.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.


stamp set: Persian Motifs(Altenew)
card stock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock(Ranger)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
coloring medium: Gansai Tambi Watercolors(Kuretake) first image #31, #10, #95  Finished image #34, #54
other: White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)   #2 and #4 round paint brush(Claudine Helmuth Studio)



Jeanne said...

I want to thank you for sharing more about this technique with us. You do make it sound pretty easy and your results are amazing. That stamp set you used is beautiful but your watercolor technique makes it stunning. Thanks again for sharing, Barb!! :) Have a wonderful weekend.

Sheila H said...

No matter which medium you use, Barb, the result is just wonderful. You achieve amazing depth of color.

Tami said...

Love your watercoloring! So happy you use the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors & give the numbers!! It helps so much!! Thank you!