I inked up this cute bird image with VersaFine, stamped onto cold press watercolor paper sprinkled with emboss powder, and heat set.
Next, I trimmed down the paper and started coloring! My choice of medium today - Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I worked in one small area at a time using a combination of direct and in-direct methods to fill in color. For the direct method, I colored directly onto the paper with the markers and then spread the color with a water brush, starting in the lightest area - and always starting with a clean brush. In very small areas, I colored just a small amount and left part of the area without color - that would be the "lightest" color that I started in. For the in-direct method, I scribbled the marker onto a non-stick surface and picked up color with a water brush. As with traditional water coloring, I wet the area first. TIP: if you want more contrast, you can add a darker color after an area drys - this works with both methods.
On the inside I added a piece of matching design paper.
List of Supplies Used
Stamps: Stamp-It-Australia EZMount™ Stamp - What a Hoot, Meadow Cottage Bears EZMount Stamp Set - Happy Birthday
Paper: watercolor 140 lb. cold press, Papertrey Ink design, Stampin' Up! really rust and very vanilla
Ink/Coloring: VersaFine onyx black ink pad, Tombow Dual Brush Pens,
Accessories: Stampin' Up! black emboss powder, Watercolor Palette #WCPLT, waterbrush