Watercolour by Request – Three Ways

My class on the weekend had a watercolour theme by request.  I love designing classes that suit the stampers in attendance – it gives the project design a little something extra.

Watercolouring is lots of fun and has many different styles. Within the Stampin’ Up! range, you can use Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White cardstock & Whisper White cardstock as your base.  Then your tools of choice are blender pens or aqua painters.  And finally a choice of ink – Staz On, Archival Black/Grey, Craft White (for bokeh). Each combination gives its own result.  Changing one feature can change the project entirely.

Here’s what we made…

AQUA PAINTER COLOURING on WHISPER WHITE

Stamp Set: Best Thoughts (Hostess set from 2015 Annual Catalogue)

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BOKEH TECHNIQUE – AQUA PAINTERS with REINKERS on WATERCOLOR PAPER

Stamp Set: I Think You’re Great (2015 Annual Catalogue)

Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron

BLENDER PENS on SHIMMERY WHITE CARDSTOCK

Stamp Set: Christmas Cuties (featured in the 2015 Holiday Catalogue)

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As a technique, colouring can take a little bit of time to develop your skills.  Some people are drawn towards one method of watercolouring more than others – which is what art & expression is all about.  I always forget to take pictures of what the ladies made during the class, but their end products were so creative and it was a pleasure to watch their cards evolve as they added colour & played with their own style.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies, it’s always so delightful to spend time crafting with you.  Kelly x

Watercolor Card/Paper Options

Watercolor Tool Options

Blender Pens

$17.00

Ink Options

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Better Bokeh – Just Add Ink 242

I’ve been itching to practice my Bokeh – it’s such a lovely technique.  So, when I saw the photo inspiration at Just Add Ink this week, it gave me the chance to have another go.  Look at those colours!

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This one is definitely better – but I need to remember that the Whisper White Craft Ink dries much lighter than it goes on, so needs to be boldly applied.  And not even Jet Black Staz On likes stamping on the craft ink!  The Blendabilities did a great job of colouring the rhinestones though, so they fit with the pretty colour theme.

This video (which doesn’t use Stampin’ Up! products but you’ll be able to use watercolour paper, SU! reinkers and WW Craft Ink) is a great tutorial if you want to have a go at home.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Specialty Paper: Watercolour

Cardstock: Whisper WhiteTempting Turquoise

Reinkers: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point

Ink: Jet Black Staz On, Whisper White Craft

Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight

Stamp: Watercolor Thank You

Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Extras: Sponge Daubers

My Bokeh Needs More Practice!

I’m slowly working my way through my L-O-N-G list of Pinterest ‘must try’ pins.  This is one of those – I wanted to try the Bokeh technique.

In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” (trusty Wikipedia).

In stamping, bokeh is a patterned or watercolour type background with white highlights as the focus – attempting to reproduce the dappled light effect of the photographic bokeh.

Now, I’m pretty sure I haven’t nailed it first time around (though I love the final product) and am looking forward to trying again. It was a fun technique with a beautiful finish.

This will be my last post for a short while, while I have a break from stamping, blogging & the computer!  I will return re-energised, with more projects in a couple of weeks.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Chalk Talk, Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Punch: Project Life Corner

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Craft White

Embossing: Black Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, VersamarkHeat Tool

Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Making Spirits Bright, Express Yourself (retired)

Extras: Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals