Saturday, June 23, 2012
Sailing with Watercolor
Today I'm sharing an easy watercolor technique. I really dig Sheena's Destination sail boat image for a graduation card. In my area, graduation open houses are still going on. :o) It is so wonderful to see the young people I've watched grow up making the next step in their lives. Just the conversation is awesome! I think this card would work for high school, college - even post grad celebrations.
First, I inked up the image with a VersaFine ink pad, stamped onto 140lb cold press watercolor paper, sprinkled black embossing powder and heat set.
Next, it's time for coloring! I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens, which are water based markers. I used them in two ways - direct [color directly on the paper and then spread color with a water brush]and indirect [scribble color onto a non-stick surface, pick up color with water brush]. With both, I start a new color with a clean damp (not dripping) brush tip. I colored the boat and sails direct. When I used my water brush, I started in the white, or lightest, area and spread into the dark.
I colored the water and land using the in-direct method for a more subtle effect. When using in-direct method, I pick up color off the pallet and start where I want my darkest color to be (as with traditional water coloring). I usually wet the area will clear water first, then add color.
After it all dried, I checked to see if I had any hard edges on my color. If I did, I added clear water around the edge to smooth out the color.
To see a similar result using Spectrum Noir Markers, you can see a card I did here.
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