I've been so excited to see watercolor back as a huge design trend. It seems like it's been forever since I've done any watercoloring and when I saw this beautiful stamp in the shop, I just had to have it. A mason jar bouquet sounds soooo lovely!
This actually such a classic stamp that I can see it being used for more than watercoloring. It would stunning in Copics, colored pencils, even just stamped and not colored at all!
This was the first time pulling out my new Kuretaki watercolor set and the colors are stunning! I must admit I was quite giddy when it arrived! Besides all the beautiful colors, there's an opaque white watercolor paint and three beautiful shimmering tones of white, gold and bronze.
Each of the watercolor cakes comes in it's own removable rectangular dish that is individually wrapped. Just pull them out to remove the wrapping.
To start my project I first stamped the image onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink. This is my favorite ink for just about everything (except Copics). This is the most amazing black ink that is waterproof and stamps so crisply on almost every surface.
First I start off by painting in the background using a wash technique. First wet the area you want to paint (around the image) with clear water on your brush. Then pick up paint and add in the color. The color will spread within the wet area for a lovely watery look. I like to make sure the background is very dry using a heat gun after this stamp so that your main image won't bleed out.
Once I've added in the flowers, I paint the green stems in the jar and dry them well.
Then you can add in the blue watercolor of the jar overtop. It mutes the greens of the stems so that they look like them are in water.
Once your painting is complete, you may find that the paper has warped. I especially find this when I use a heat gun. Simply flip over the paper and heat from the reverse side and the paper should mostly flatten out.
Trim the image to size and distress the edges of the watercolor paper with the distresser tool. It adds a nice border and always looks beautiful on watercolor paper. To finish up your design, adhere the watercolor paper with strong adhesive to your card base.
Quick Tip: Use extra heavy cardstock when using watercolor paper or lots of embellishments to support the additional weight.
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