Monday, July 28, 2008

Cheater's Watercoloring

I should be making dinner, but I set the frozen salmon out on my covered grill this afternoon to thaw, left it out longer than I intended, and it cooked! Yep, it's THAT hot today! I'm not sure we should eat it, so I'm going to check with hubby and suggest we order pizza instead.

Anywho...that gives me time to chat with you! On Saturday, I read about a technique using watercolor paper, SU! Stampin' Write markers, and an aquapainter on Cami Turnbow's blog. It sounded easy peasy lemon squeezy, so I pulled out a piece of watercolor paper from a package I bought from SU! recently and had laying around, and started experimenting.

Where has this been all my stampin' life?!? Oh my word was this ever fun, relaxing, and EASY! All I needed in addition to the already mentioned supplies was Staz-On, which is a waterproof ink that SU! sells (I used the only color I own, which is black).

Just use the brush tip end to place a line of color where you want it, then use the aquapainter to pull the color from that spot and fill in to whatever extent you desire. It's VERY forgiving too. Get too much water on it? Just add more marker color and continue! I love that!

This is a close-up of what the sheet looked like when I finished. I was so excited that I didn't know what to do next to showcase it! I had used all Bold Brights markers--Real Red, Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Pink Passion, Gable Green and Tempting Turquoise--so I took my "masterpiece" to my shelf of BB card stock and started pulling out sheets from the color family to use as the card's base. I finally settled on Green Galore. I matted the watercolor on Whisper White and tied a simple black gingham ribbon at the top to add a bit more black accent to it. Look, Sandra--I used a BOW!

This is going to be a thank you card for whoever services my room while I'm at convention. This would cheer me up and make me feel special, so I'm banking on it having a similar effect on this as yet unknown to me person. Look around for someone this week who is performing some service for you, and make an effort to express your appreciation. It may require nothing more than making eye contact and saying a sincere "thank you". I'd love for you to post what you do here!


sandra said...

it is a wonderful BOW!!!! and the card is amazing as usual. The lady (or man) is going to receive it will remember you for a while, even if she/he won't see you at all.

Nancy Riley said...

GREAT tutorial, Jenn! Your card is so bright and cheerful! Super cute!

Have a GREAT time at convention!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Oh Jenn, this is absolutely gorgeous! The colours are so vibrant!

BTW, regarding my card, the dp was punched with the 1 3/8" sq punch, and then I used a non SU 1 5/8" to punch the teal. The slots were made with the horizontal slot punch in the SU caty. HTH!

Lydia said...

This is STUNNING!!

I love the marker watercolor technique!

How sweet of you.

Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!

Cambria Turnbow said...

Thanks for linking to my tutorial Jenn... I LOVE your card! YOU ROCK! Isn't it fun? Have a blast at convention... I'm so jealous! :)