Ever since checking out the 238 dot chart from DANIEL SMITH watercolors, I was fascinated with the luminescents - the iridescents, interference, duochrome, and pearlescents. Those little dots got me curious! I purchased a few of each kind to play with - in the video you can see the shimmery samples, or scroll to see photos...but I warn you, it's hard to capture that on still photos! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.
First I took a quarter-sheet of Arches Cold Press paper and diecut Lawn Fawn's flower border about 1/3 of the way from the bottom. And then read the instructions on the black watercolor ground. First: Excitement at the number of surfaces this can be used on! Second: Uh oh, 24hours dry time, minimum!
Hmmm. Miss Lack of Patience began plotting getting around that. :)
I covered the bottom panel of the watercolor paper with the ground, using a round blending tool. I had seen people on YouTube using foam brushes, and this seemed to work as well as a foam brush would have. The ground washed out of the foam easily! yay!
While the black ground was air-drying, I worked on the sky portion. I taped it to a HardBord using Yellow Frog Tape and painted it with Iridescent Electric Blue, spraying it with a Distress Sprayer to move the color. The brush here is a #12 round.
I decided not to wait 24 hours. Within 15 minutes it was dry to the touch, so I proceeded! Daring, I know! I covered a piece of scratch paper with very sticky Be Creative Tape that was able to hold both pieces tightly and securely in place. I used a Fingertip Knife to nudge papers around - and add the little dots back into the flowers.
Last but not least, I painted the flowers with the various paints. They're so shimmery!
You really do want to see the video for the shimmer, but here are the colors in flower order:
- Tulips: Irid. Gold - Duo Blue Pearl - Duo Arctic Fire - Duo Hibiscus - Irid. Elec Blue
- Daisies: Interference Blue - Interference Red
- Leaves: Rich Green Gold + Pearlescent Shimmer