Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sailing with Watercolor

Hello, Trena here! Today I'm sharing an easy watercolor technique.   I really dig Sheena's Destination sail boat image for a graduation card.   In my area, graduation open houses are still going on. :o)  It is so wonderful to see the young people I've watched grow up making the next step in their lives. Just the conversation is awesome! I think this card would work for high school, college - even post grad celebrations.

First, I inked up the image with a VersaFine ink pad, stamped onto 140lb cold press watercolor paper, sprinkled black embossing powder and heat set.

Next, it's time for coloring!  I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens, which are water based markers. I used them  in two ways - direct [color directly on the paper and then spread color with a water brush]and indirect [scribble color onto a non-stick surface, pick up color with water brush]. With both, I start a new color with a clean damp (not dripping) brush tip.   I colored the boat and sails direct. When I used my water brush, I started in the white, or lightest, area and spread into the dark.

I colored the water and land using the in-direct method for a more subtle effect.  When using in-direct method, I pick up color off the pallet and start where I want my darkest color to be (as with traditional water coloring).  I usually wet the area will clear water first, then add color.

After it all dried, I checked to see if I had any hard edges on my color. If I did, I added clear water around the edge to smooth out the color.

To see a similar result using Spectrum Noir Markers, you can see a card I did here.

Please come back for more inspiration tomorrow!! Marge and Carolyn will be sharing!

Thanks for visiting!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!  


ScrappyRae10 said...

WOWZA this is AMAZING!!!!!!! Love the ship!!!!!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Excellent, kind of reminds me of a vintage map feel and esign.
Your so creative my friend

Carla said...

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Kathy said...

Wonderful Trena!!! Love the blending, super job!!