I want to begin this post with a small note of appreciation to the Imagination International staff here in Oregon for sending us an update regarding the well-being of the people who work in the Copic offices in Japan. Word is that the offices and production facilities have survived the earthquake and aftershocks with minimal to no damage and that everyone who works for the company is safe. What a wonderful piece of news and so I wanted to share it with you! We need to continue to keep the Japanese people in our thoughts and prayers as life moves forward with such uncertainty.
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Remember as children how we have been taught to "stay in the lines" when we color, well... I am here to suggest that you should scribble and go OUTside the lines :-D I cannot tell you how rewarding AND fun it is to break the rules - LOL!
Today's project is a simple showcase of the Aquarelle watercolor pencils together with the Gelatos. My desire is to slowly teach you about the different Faber-Castell products and how they interrelate, as well as bring them together with the Copic product that I love so dearly.
Begin by stamping your image on watercolor paper. I used the PITT Big Brush in black to color my stamp and then I stamped my image on an Arturo single card.
Then scribble, (yes scribble) the color on to your image.
Next, take a watercolor brush and paint the image blending the colors. To add depth scribble some Gelato on to the non-stick craft sheet and pick it up, blending it with the already colored image using your watercolor brush.
I decided I needed more color around the base of the flowers and so scribbled the green Gelato at the base and added a few strokes of the olive green Aquarelle.
Once again use a waterbrush to disperse the color. Allowing the water to pool and dry gives a beautiful look.
I wanted to keep my project simple so selected this beautiful plaid from Julia's 6x6 Picket Fence collection. Setting my image atop the plaid I realized I wanted more movement.
Don't be afraid to twist your decorative paper when putting your project together. By placing the image on it askew from the natural direction it gives the appearance of a tablecloth. It really made me dream I was sitting in a patch of poppies having a picnic.
Sometimes we need to escape the realities of life through our art. Today I enjoyed my little reprieve in the poppies. I hope that I have given you the courage to scribble outside the lines - it truly ends up being a beautiful look!
stamps: Unity Stamps, Donna Downey Be Still Watercolor