Today is the first day of my new series incorporating watercolors into your card making arsenal. Today’s technique is watercolor resist. This is just one of the ways to do this technique. My approach is more from the watermedia artist view, so it will be different than others. We will be doing a lot of techniques in a lot of different ways.
- Watercolor Paper (cut at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4)
- Versamark ink
- white embossing powder
- 3/4″ flat brush and a #6 Round watercolor brush
- standard artist quality watercolors
- Night of Navy Cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2
- Whister White 4 x 5 1/4
- Ballet Blue 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
- First thing you want to do is take and stamp your image onto your watercolor paper using Versamark ink. Apply your embossing powder and heat emboss.
- Wet the paper with plain clean water. You want to use enough water to make it glisten but not running or pooling with water. If you get too much water on your watercolor paper just take a corner of a paper towel or tissue and touch to the water but not the paper, that will soak up the water.
- Start with your lightest watercolor color frist. Load the brush up with enough paint and water to make a nice pool of color on your pallet or paper plate. Touch the loaded brush to the wet watercolor paper and let the colors flow. With watercolors you want to make your brushstrokes in one nice movement and not brush back into it. Brushing back into your wet paint pulls off the paint or can add more water to the paper and cause blooms. Next add the next color and so on and so forth.
- After you get this done and it looks the way you think you will want it. Dry it with the heat tool. Watercolor paper needs to be dried on the front and back, see video. You also want to keep the heat tool moving. Let cool for a few minutes and test with the back of your hand (DO NOT USE THE PALM OR FINGERS THIS WILL NOT GIVE YOU A CORRECT TEST). You are feeling for coolness. If the paper feels cool that means it’s not completely dry. It sound fell bone dry.
- Watercolors will dry much lighter than you think. So you may have to do a second coat to achieve the color you’re looking for. It takes practice its ok. Try to mix your colors darker than you think you will need them.
- Now you can glaze in the tone on tone shadows where the darkest areas are and soften the edges with a damp brush. (see video for visual explanation of softening the edges)
- You can glaze over the leaves with a light wash of yellow to create a green.
- Next dry the card again and once dry we can start putting it together.
That is pretty much all it is to watercolor resists. There are a few different ways to do this technique and we will retouch on this later in this series. I hope you found this to be helpful. If you have any questions please contact me and I will try to help you any way I can.
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