Oh how I love the look of watercolor.....but....true watercoloring takes time, patience and skill. None of which I had much of this week, ha! That's when I was so excited to learn about watercoloring with an acrylic block and markers! One of my very talented downline, Pilar, demonstrated this technique at our meeting last week. She is so artistic and made some lovely cards with this technique. I couldn't wait to use this technique for today's card:
It's so easy! I used an acrylic block, size D, and "painted" the block with Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon, So Saffron, Calypso Coral & Pool Party Stampin' Write markers. Just swipe the markers right onto the block. Hold the block about arm's length away and spritz a few times with a Stampin' Spritzer of water. The marker ink will bead up on the block. Then "stamp" the block directly onto your paper, press and watch the water blend the colors together. I will say it takes a few tries to get the hang of how much water to use and your image will be better if you stamp with a piercing mat or similar soft surface under your paper.
I wanted this scene to look like a sunset so I scribbled just a touch of Calypso Coral to the center So Saffron panel. When the water and ink spread, it gave just the effect I was going for--a watery reflection of the setting sun. And these little shorebirds--love them!
With my inside image, you can see that you won't have the same effect or blend of colors twice. This is the same combination of colors but I think I had less water so the ink didn't run as much. Still gives a cool effect though, doesn't it?
This faux watercolor technique would be a perfect way to join in the fun at The Paper Players this week! Check out the awesome creations from the rest of the design team for even more inspiration. We hope you will join us before this challenge ends on Friday, April 24th at Noon (PST). Thanks for stopping by today!
The Paper Players Design Team
Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.