Last weekend I was playing with some ATC's for my future "Heart Card" project at work (which I just found out, it was finally approved!). I had stamped some simple patterns with my scratchy stamps (EEV02 - see Stamps page for links to retail stores), and needed a way to give them some color that wouldn't cover up the stamping.
I've had a decent collection of watercolor pencils for years, but had drifted away from using them. They were sitting in my window sill and started calling my name, so I gave them a try again and re-discovered my *love* for coloring! I have a selection of pencils from Stampin' Up and Faber Castell, and they both work equally well. All you need is the pencils and a water brush. Here's what I came up with... and I'll show you how I did it...
I started with a simple stamped pattern on an ATC (2.5" x 3.5")... be sure to use an archival / waterproof ink for stamping since you'll be using a water brush for blending.
For my first ATC I decided on a blue-green color palette.
I colored in each pod/leaf shape with all three colors, using a bit of each color on every image.
Then I used my detail water brush to blend the colors together and give them a more watercolor paint look.
After you blend with the water brush, the colors become more vibrant and blend together beautifully!
Then I decided to color in the background with a blend of yellow and orange.
And blended with a water brush.
On the next ATC I chose a pink-orange-yellow color palette.
I colored in each stamped image with all the pinks and oranges, and then colored the background in yellow.
Here are the two ATC's side-by-side...
And then I added a black border with a black oil-based Sharpie paint pen. I love the contrast of the shiny black border on the matte finish ATC, and the border really gives them a finished look.
So, if you've got some watercolor pencils hanging around - bring them out and give them a play - if you're like me you'll rediscover just how fun they are! Thanks for stopping by - see you soon!