GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with something a little different. First of all, no Copics! Second, it’s me, watercoloring! How did that happen? Like many of you, I adore the new Anita Jeram stamps from Colorado Craft Company. Although they would look just fine colored with Copic markers, they really need the flowy softness of watercolors. I recently took at class at The Queen’s Ink using Karin Brushmarker Pro brush pens and decide they would be perfect for this image.
Today’s project features:
- Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini by Colorado Craft Company
- Karin Brushmarker Pro – I have a set of 27 markers which I linked below. I also linked the individual markers in the supply list below.
- Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
- Supplies linked with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
ANITA JERAM BE CREATIVE
I stamped the image and sentiments on a piece of on Canson Aquarelle Watercolor paper using Versafine Clare Ink. Since watercolor paper has a texture, it’s really best to use a stamping tool such as a Misti because you will probably need to stamp the image multiple times to get a crisp image.
I used the wet-on-wet method for watercoloring, applying clean water to the area to be colored with a No. 4 round Silver Black Velvet Brush. Then I lightly touched the tip of the Brushmarker Pro marker to the damp paper to apply color, allowing the ink to wick outward. I used my brush to move the ink where I wanted the color to be.
You could use a waterbrush, but I really like my Silver Black Velvet Brushes (I have various sizes of their round brushes) and wanted to try them out here.
I applied the color in layers. For the first layer, I simply blocked out where the various colors would go. Then I applied additional layers of ink to deepen colors or add depth and shadows. I allowed the ink to dry thoroughly before applying the next layer.
FINISHING THE CARD
After the layers were complete and thoroughly dry, I trimmed the watercolor paper with one of the dies in the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set by My Favorite Things. I thought it added a nice detail to the edges.
For the background, I cut another piece of watercolor paper to A2 size. Then I picked a couple of the markers used in the image, scribbled the ink on a piece of acetate, and spritzed it with clean water. Next, I dabbed the acetate on the watercolor paper, creating ink blotches as shown. I prefer this method rather than smooching the paper into the ink. I think that you get more texture and variety in the ink blot pattern and it’s easier to control the end result. You can add multiple layers but be sure you dry the layer carefully with a heat gun before moving onto the next.
To finish, I glued a piece of craft foam to the back of the image to pop it up from the background. I adhered the card front to a card base and that finished off the card.
SO WHAT’S NEXT?
Well, I’m popping this card in the mail to my friend Wendy Taylor-Aspinall. A few weeks ago, she was a guest artist on Kae Pea’s Creative comMOONity blog and created beautiful Love Art Dolls using ArtFoamies stamps. Afterwards, she graciously sent the doll on the far left to me so I thought this card would be the perfect thank you note. Be sure you pop over to her blog post where she posted a video showing how she made these dolls.
That’s all for me today! See you soon!
BRUSHMARKERS: Henna, Almond #216, Soft Peach #200 (mouse); Royal Blue #045, Rosewood #272, Almond #216, Black #030 (paint brush); Artic Blue #264 (sky); Apple #210 (grass); Apple #210, Royal Blue #045, Black #030 (splattered background)
NOTE: I believe that Soft Peach #200 has been renamed to Skin 1 #200 so I linked it below.
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