Sunday, July 06, 2008

Summer Waterplay

This weekend was our July Stamp, Play and Create session entitled "Summer Waterplay". Oh boy, I have to tell you we had a blast and everyone left here with beautiful watercolored projects that I'm going to share with you.

Card No. 1

Technique: Watercolor with Markers using Aqua Painter
Stamp Sets: Seaside and All Holidays

First, you need to stamp the shells using Jet Black Stazon Ink onto watercolor paper. Then using a Stampin' Write Marker, draw lines onto the stamped lines in the shell. Then you will take your Aqua Painter and color over the marker and pull the color out to the rest of the image. You have instant shading. Another touch to this card is that the shells are raised - we did dry embossing to the back of the shells using the Empressor Embosser!

Card No. 2

Technique: Coloring bold stamp with watercolor crayon
Stamp Set: Spring Solitude (Level II hostess set)

This is such a cool technique to do with watercolor crayons! First, you color on the stamp using the watercolor crayon, applying different colors to the stamp if necessary. They you lightly mist the stamp and the cardstock and stamp! Ta da!!!! That's all there is to it. Now, Confetti Cream cardstock was used for this technique. Also, your stamp must be completely dry each time you color the stamp!

Card No. 3

Technique: Watercolor with Ink Pads
Stamp Set: Wonderful You

For this project, the flower was stamped using Craft Chocolate Chip ink onto watercolor paper and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. To color, with your ink pad closed, "smoosh" the top and bottom of the pad together, then open it. You'll see ink in the top portion of the pad. Touch the ink with your Aqua Painter, then paint the color! Another simple and elegant technique!

Card No. 4

Technique: Watercolor with Watercolor Crayons
Stamp Sets: Summer by the Sea, Touch of Nature

You know, no matter how hard you try, you always have a favorite and this was my favorite card today. She looks so peaceful, it is almost as if you are spying on her sitting in the boat! This image was stamped with Craft Basic Black and then embossed with clear embossing powder. To color this image, you take your Aqua Painter and touch it to the flat end of the crayon and paint! It is so easy to blend your colors and you'll find that you will be a pro using this technique.

Now, while we were creating this project Saturday morning, we were talking about how nice it would look framed. So this morning, I ventured out to find the perfect frame. I think I found it!!!! Isn't this just gorgeous! I also used rub ons from the Love & Happiness rub ons featured during Sale-A-Bration this year. The "thinking of you" is applied directly on the matting and the butterfly is applied on the glass. It really is beautiful! Don't overlook mounting your artwork. It is a great gift that anyone would love to have.

In August, our Stamp, Play and Create session is entitled "You're Hot Stuff" and we'll look at some of the new items in the Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog 2008! Also, I'll still be on my "convention high" so prepare yourselves. You have plenty of time to sign up -- you don't want to miss it!!!

I hope this inspires you to do some watercolor! I find it very soothing and relaxing and we all love that feeling, now don't we!


Kerin Sylvester said...

Gorgeous framed picture Phyllis! I so wish I had this set to CASE this!! Beautiful work.

Lori Stilger said...

Hi, Phyllis! Do you not LOVE Summer By The Sea for watercoloring?~?!??!?! I uploaded some samples to SUDSOL this weekend, and one of them was this image. I just LOVE it. :)
Thanks so much for sharing! I haven't framed any of them yet, but I'm sure tempted! :D
Have a BLESSED day!