I have just never been good with Watercolor Pencils. I've been through several iterations of Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils. I still have a set from years ago, along with the current set. Then this month's Paper Pumpkin set came along and I'd promised one of my downline that I'd put the kit together with her and her kit. So I had to just do it! The best thing ever was Sara Douglas' Paper Pumpkin video for the April set (which she designed). I didn't do too badly with that set, so I decided I'd better keep doing this so that I can finally get to be at least an intermediate watercolorist. Today I was kind of forced into doing this because it's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. And the challenge is Watercoloring!
My first intent was to make this simple – just a few colors and not too complicated a design. The water lily stamp from the Remarkable You Stamp Set seemed to be just simple enough. It allowed me to use two colors (Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo). I was just going to stamp it on Watercolor Paper, but then decided it needed something else. Well, heck, it's a water lily, so why not some water?! So out came the Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay watercolor pencils, too.
After that, I assembled the card with the sentiment stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock that I punced using the Banner Triple Punch, tied it with some Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, and adhered to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The key part of the watercoloring that I've been paying attention to is how much water is on my brush. I had been using an Aqua Painter in all my watercoloring efforts. But with the Watercolor Pencils, I just don't need as much water as I thought I needed. My basic watercolor training back in the day used tubes of paint, and I knew how to use the paint out of the tube to do my dry brush painting. I don't think I can do dry brush painting using Aqua Painters. So I'm back to using a brush (thank you, Paper Pumpkin kit!), and I have a nice selection for just about any project I might try. Oh, and for the watercolor pencils, i squeeze most of the water out of the brush. Who knew!?
I hope you have fun with your own watercoloring! Why not try a project over the next two weeks and join our challenge? You don't have to use the Watercolor Pencils – just get a bit of ink from your favorite stamp set and start watercoloring away!
Here is the one product I featured today that is retiring this month:
And here are the other products I featured, all of which are current and will continue in the new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog: