Friday, June 05, 2015

I love watercolor!! - TGIF Challenges #TGIFC06

TGIF! What a week this week! I am happy it is Friday and that the forecast for the next week is HOT!! I am planning on sitting and sipping this weekend!

The TGIF challenge this week is a technique ... Watercolor!!!

Lately this has to be my favorite trend! Watercolor makes me feel like the ultimate artist! Have you tried it? After this week you are going to want to!

very vanilla, mint macaron, blushing bride, rose red

 ~ Watercolor Paper
 ~ Paint Brush
 ~ Cup of water
 ~ Classic Stampin' Up! Ink Pad or Reinker

Cut your watercolor paper to your desired dimensions for your project.
Shown here is (3 x 5 1/4").

Use a paint brush and clean water to wet the surface of the cardstock.
I like it to be damp but not saturated. As you practice the technique you will find a consistency that you like.

Add color. There are two ways you can do this.
option 1. When your ink pad is closed, squish it together to push the inside of the lid against the ink pad. This will transfer the ink to the underside of the lid.
option 2. Drop a spot of Reinker on a nonporous dish (an old container lid, an old CD).
In both cases, wet your paint brush and dip it into the ink. The more water you add the lighter the color will be. The less water, the darker the ink will be.

Brush the ink on the wet watercolor paper. Add just a small amount.
Lift the carstock and tilt it from side to side. This will allow the ink to run along the cardstock.
If you have too much water, gently pat it with a tissue.
You can add more ink or water as you go.

This technique is very organic. It will be different every time that you do it. And like anything, practice makes perfect. It really is fun and simple ... just go for it!

I hope that you will take the challenge today and give water-coloring a try! Visit TGIF Challenges to submit your project and to see what other stampers are creating. Remember to share your project on social media and use #TGIFC06

Thank-you for reading! Have a creative day!

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