Saturday, July 16, 2011

Water Color, Fabulous Florets Tutorial

Today, we have another Super Saturday Tutorial feature AND a blog candy winner too! 

This was NOT the tutorial I had planned for today’s regular weekend feature… but when a good friend and client asked me to post a tutorial for this technique card, how could I refuse?

First, I must say… water coloring can be tricky!   You must be very attentive to the condition of your tools. 

  • An aqua-painter (water brush) must be kept upright, and empty when stored. 
  • Even though stored correctly, over time, the valve may still fail and leak.
  • Stampin’ Up Aqua Painters are sold two to a package, one fine tipped, and one wider tipped… It is important your choose the right tip/tool for your project.
  • When using an aqua painter, you are essentially painting with water, but it is still important to clean the brush by wiping on a clean paper or towel when  switching colors.
  • Hold the Aqua Painter by the valve, not the water chamber to avoid inadvertent dispelling of water. 
  • Gently squeeze the water chamber and test on clean paper before attempting to use the newly wet brush on your active project.

Today’s card was originally made with the lovely ladies at the Neptune Beach Senior Center, and later shared with some of my class attendees.  They loved the Shimmer Mist glow and sparkle as well as the watercolor effect on the card!

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LOL… always difficult to capture on film, the focal image sparkles with champagne shimmer paint sprayed on the stamped and water colored surface.

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And they also loved the softness of the Fabulous Florets stamped and water colored image.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot

Polka dotted Designer Series Paper and Square Lattice Texture Embossed Pretty In Pink Card Stock are separated with a simple flat bow tied on my fingers.

Supplies List for Water Color, Fabulous Florets Tutorial

Water Color Paper*

Aqua Painter

Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, and Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write Markers

Artist quality fine mist spray bottle*, filled with water

Fabulous Florets Stamp Set

* Both these items may be found in the art section of your local hobby store.

Before we get started, I’d like to announce the winner of last weekend’s Create A Cupcake Clear Mount Stamp Set and Blog Candy chosen by Random.org:

Lucky Number 7, Ria Blackwell!!!

I don't know why you think a tutorial would disappoint. I love it! It is bookmarked so when I get those folders I know where to go! And the ATCs are amazing!  …Ria Blackwell

Thanks so much to everyone who visits and comments on my little blog, Created by You.. and Congratulations, Ria!  Please use the Contact Me tab at the top of the page to send me your email/ physical address info and I’ll get the Create A Cupcake Clear Mount Stamp Set in the mail to you!!

Water Color, Fabulous Florets Step by Step Tutorial:

  1. Cut water color paper to desired size for stamped image.
  2. Position artist quality fine mist spray bottle 8-10 inches above cut water color paper, and spritz with artist quality fine mist spray bottle loaded with water 4 times.  If water beads on watercolor paper, set aside and adjust height/and number of times to spritz. 
  3. This sample shows a paper that has been overly saturated.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  4. Do NOT attempt to rub or pat the water to remove it… only drying thoroughly will resolve the over saturated paper issue.
  5. Once properly wet, the paper will curl gently, and show no evidence of spotting or droplets, appearing almost dry to the touch.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  6. Set watercolor paper aside.
  7. Ink chosen stamp image with the brush tip of Stampin’ Write Markers, starting with the lightest color (in this case, Pretty in Pink). 
  8. Next, outline the Pretty in Pink marker’d flowers with a darker marker (Rose Red), outlining the flower with a fat 1/8” + ink. Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  9. Continue markering the stamp, filling in the stems and leaves area using the brush tip of a Lucky Limeade Marker.
  10. HUFF on the stamp… blowing warm air onto the stamp re-hydrates it, allowing the image to stamp well onto pre-wet watercolor paper.  Use gentle pressure, and allow the ink from the stamp to soak into the watercolor paper… hold for 10 seconds.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  11. IF your watercolor paper is too wet, or if you rub the watercolor paper, your stamped image will bleed… yuck.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  12. After stamping your image, you can now use your aqua painter to fill in all voids on your stamped image.
  13. Pull the ink from the outer floral edges, in towards the center.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  14. If your aqua painter brush is too wet, it will cause bleeding… if you squeeze it inadvertently, it will also cause the image to bleed.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  15. When you stamp your image, if you notice that you missed an area, all is not lost… it can easily be fixed by using the fine point tip of your marker to re-draw and fill in the space.  In the image below, the base of the rose-bud was re-drawn.  Notice it’s not completely filled in because we will use the aqua painter to merge the inked lines.Fabulous Florets, senior stampin, neptune beach senior center, techniques, tips, tutorial, watercolor, senior center, shimmer mist, sharon field, createdbyu, created by you, ribbon, big shot
  16. If you don’t feel you have enough color around the edges of the floral image, wait until it is completely dry, and use the fine tip point of the marker to lightly draw an outline similar to that shown in the photo in step 15.  And then re-pull in color from the edges as you did in step 13.
  17. Clean the tip of your aqua painter, brushing any excess color/ink onto a scrap of paper or towel.
  18. Let the floral image dry completely (this should only take a few seconds if your paper has not been over-wetted).  Then follow the lines of the greenery to fill in missing color with the fine point tip of your aqua painter.
  19. WAIT for the image to be completely dry, and then spray with 4-5 bursts of Shimmer Mist for a real WOW effect!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Tutorial!  I look forward to reading your comments, and also hearing from lucky number 7… our blog candy winner!

Hugs,

Sharon

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6 comments:

Dee in N.H. said...

That card is beautiful! I got some really great tips from this! The first thing I noticed when I looked at the sample was the way you gave depth to the flower and wondered how you did it. Now I know! Yay! Have a great weekend!

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the great watercoloring tutorial! Now, I must practice and practice some more...

Margaret aka Totallyawake said...

Thanks so much for your Saturday tutorial - I had no idea that the SU Aqua painters were different tipped ... always used the same one assuming the second was a 'spare' type thing kinda like how the blender pens come three to a pack?

Anita said...

Stunning tutorial! I love the idea of painting with markers.

nana_cindy42 said...

I loved making this card at Neptune Bch Senior Ctr. But, I need more practice!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Marie-Josée Trudel, trudelmj@yahoo.ca, (450) 655-1174 said...

You are so sweet, Sharon! Thank you for this new twist on watercoloring... x x