Hi everyone! I have been neglecting my blog for far too long now so I thought of doing this short tutorial as a way of saying thanks to those who still drop by every now and then and to those who have nudged me a few times to post here again! :) Thanks so much for reminding me to get back to work :)
We went through a typhoon and wide-spread electrical power loss yesterday and while my two girls kept themselves busy drawing and coloring, I kinda re-arranged the furniture so I could get a table closest to the window and work there using natural lighting. I took out my new Inklingz set from Shimmerz and I was quite impressed with the way the colors laid down on watercolor paper...
To show you how I make my background papers, I took a few shots here and hopefully this will help you to try it out for yourself.
The first thing I do is to mix equal amounts of gesso and any texture gel or paste. I always use Grumbacher Gesso cause the thickness is just right for me.
Next, select a stencil and lay it down on your watercolor paper ( I used Canson by the way), then with a palette knife spread the gesso and texture paste mixture over the stencil. Lift the stencil and let the paper and mediums dry.
Here are the Inklingz watercolors that I used. Just spray some water on the jar to let the solid watercolor cakes melt a little.
Prep the watercolor paper by misting it with water. This will allow you to apply and spread the watercolors more easily. Remember to apply one color at a time so as not to create muddy colors. Remember that watercolors are translucent so when you apply one color over the other you will blend the colors. Make sure that you use colors that will complement each other when blended together.
When applying the colors, I used a soft and wide paintbruch and used regular upward downward strokes. Lift the brush gently as you read the end to create soft feathery strokes.
At this point we got the electricity back so I thought of adding one more medium. Once the watercolor paper was dry, I took out an embossing ink and embossing powder in pink. Coat your rubber stamp with embossing ink, stamp on the paper, sprinkle with embossing powder, remove excess powder, and heat set... whew! :)
This is the result... I chose a very light colored pink embossing powder cause I only wanted to add a very subtle textured image on the paper...
Here you can see how it looks combined with thick texture from the gesso and texture gel and the watercolors from Inklingz...
Thanks for your visit everyone! If you have any questions, just comment below and I will try my best to answer as soon as I can.
By the way, if you are interested to purchase some Shimmerz products, please remember to type my name on the comments section when placing your order on the Shimmerz Online Shop and you wil get a sample product (your choice of color too) for free!
Have a great day!!