Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Start To Finish Watercolor with Gina K

Once in a while I'm going to do a project "Start to Finish" My video camera isn't very clear, I'll just do photos.

And here is one today.

I started by moutning my images on clear blocks and stamping them on image sheets for my stamp-a-ma-jig. (it's a stamp positioner) Get you a stamp-a-ma-jig, I totally thought they were silly until I got one. I use it every single day. REALLY every day. Then I stamped the rectangle frame, and using my positioning sheets I stamped the flowers and the phrase in there. I knew they would both fit because I had them stamped on the image sheet thingie that came with my SAMJ. Note here, this watercolor paper has a rough side and a smooth side. I stamp on the smooth side in most cases. Use a waterproof ink. I used stazon on this one, but there are a bunch of waterproof inks out there.
Next scirbble some water based markers on something slick. This white thing I bought is actually for this, but you can use a plate, the box your stamps come in, some extra plastic packaging... anything. I then use my water brush to pick up the paints and paint them across my stamped image. I let the color blend between colors. I have orange, pink and red here.
Select some papers that match your colored image. Really you should do this first before you color I can't tell you how many times I've looked for paper second and not found any. And I have a LOT of paper. I never remember to pull paper first. Sense I just wanted solids though I lucked out. Also after cutting the image out run a black marker around the edge of the image. This way you won't see any of the white paper when you put your card together. I do this on almost everything I cut out. It also covers any error you make in trimming the image. If you are just off a smidge the black will make it look like the image is supposed to be like that. Mat the image and assemble the card. Easy as that! Now do we think these flowers are begging for bling? I think maybe they are... If I decide to add some I'll be sure to update this with a photo of them with thier bling. I'm not sure I have crystals that tiny, I might have to do stickles. We all know I don't mind using stickles though! haha

Supplies: All stamps by Gina K Deisgns. The flowers and box are from Framed Flowers Set and the phrase is from the Kindred Spirits Greetings for Her Set. The white paper is strathmore watercolor paper, the pink is bazzill and the black is unknown. Ribbon is SU and that ribbon slider thingie is SU too.

9 comments:

Gina K. said...

That is gorgeous Erin! WOW! I bet that would look great with the Comfort & Peace set too!

Jessica said...

Very cute, love the look the ribbon slider gives.
Thanks for coming back to my blog and making a comment since I had been gone for so long!

Beth Norman said...

Beautiful results. Congrats on your big success.

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Gorgeous!

Amy said...

This is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!

TJ said...

Erin this is SO cute! I absolutely love it and will be CASEing this idea for sure and hellllooo ...it's PINK!

Heidi said...

That is so pretty! I really like the colors you blended!

Lim said...

This is beautiful Erin. :)

Kathi Rerek said...

Really pretty. Thanks for showing how you did it!