Monday, September 11, 2017

Watercolor Jellyfish Card

Hey there sweet Peaches! I have a fun technique tutorial for you today! One of my favorite ways to create is thriugh watercoloring. It is truly, for me, the most relaxing medium. I love how you can just add a little water and ink and the colors just move. There's no pressure to be perfect. Inherently, watercoloring is an imperfect art form. These are a few of the many great things about watercolor.

To start my watercolor jellyfish, I began with some watercolor paper, and this is key in order for your color to move on the paper. Using regular cardstock will not yield the same results. You will need water based inks as well as these react and move when exposed to water. I love the Stampin' Up! inks for this because they work beautifully with the water and are very vibrant, even as they dilute a bit from the water. Now a few key tips when watercoloring: 1. Be cautious of how much water you use. Too much water can result in a big sopping mess and/or hard water edges. 2. Go light with the color to start with, because you can always add more color (drying between each application so as to not over saturate) but you can't as easily take it away. 3. Just have fun! Don't try to think too much about it. Watercoloring is very organic. The more you let go and enjoy it, the more beautiful it will turn out in my experience.

For the main outline of the body, I used my Stampin' Write Markers in both Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point. I drew a basic somewhat scribbly shape for the body of the jellyfish and then went over it with my aqua painter to soften the shape. Then I squeezed my closed Bermuda Bay ink pad so that ink from the pad would be left in the well (lid) of the pad, and I used that to paint with. I did the same with both my Pacific Point and Lemon Lime Twist ink pads to vary the color of its body.

Next I took my markers and drew some "tentacles" coming from the body, drifting in the waves at different lengths. I also ran over these with my aqua painter as well. Then, to create the frillier looking tentacles, I swished in tiny, varied back and forth motions, first in Lemon Lime Twist. Then while the paper was still wet, I added drops of Bermuda Bay in various areas and then finished them off with a few drops of Pacific Point. I just love how realistic he turned out!

I wanted to mention how I created the Lemon Lime Twist/Bermuda Bay glimmer paper in my card. One of the new products that I think is overlooked but I just love in the new catalog are the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. I took my Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, blended a little Bermuda Bay ink on the edges and applied it to one of these sheets, removed the release paper, and added some Dazzling Diamonds to it. To prevent the glitter from rubbing off I used my bone folder to burnish it into the paper. Full disclosure: some glitter will inevitably still come off but the burnishing will help to reduce this. And voilà, you've got glimmer paper in any color you wish!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you e enjoyed today's post! I'll see you next time!

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