Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Watercolor with ink refills

Happy hump day! I can't believe I'm posting so early in the morning. But last night I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Monday's technique challenge on splitcoast was to watercolor an image using ink refills (or re-inkers). I'd never done this before, so the results I got weren't the best by any means. I used my aqua painter and the amount of color you get is rather astounding -- very vivid. Because the colors I used were some darker ones, I think it was too much color and I didn't know at the time (although I do now - ha ha!) that you can remove some of the wet ink with a tissue or paper towel.

The image I used is called sunflower group from Local King Rubber Stamps. They have some wonderful images. If you haven't already, you might want to check them out.

I stamped the image using black stazon on watercolor paper. Then I used mustard and chocolate for the flower centers, olive and artichoke for the stems and leaves, and pale plum, perfect plum and eggplant for the flower petals. I like how it turned out, even though the colors are too dark.

I used my large corner rounder and then sponged the edges of the mustard and watercolor paper with eggplant ink. I decided to leave the one edge un-inked. I'm not sure if that was a good idea or not. I added the brads and used my crop-a-dile to make holes for the ribbon. I just thought I'd do something a little different with it.

Since I'm very much a 'design as I go' sort of person, I still didn't have any sentiment on this. I was pretty sure what I wanted, but couldn't seem to find my paint prints set. I spent at least 15 minutes looking for it. I finally found it and then realized it was going to be a pretty tight fit, but decided to squeeze it in there anyway. Wouldn't it be great to have some of our favorite words and phrases in several sizes of the same font?

I attached the image panel using some dimensional foam tape.

stamps: sunflower group (Local King Rubber Stamps), paint prints (SU)
ink: jet black stazon, more mustard, chocolate chip, old olive, always artichoke, pale plum, perfect plum, elegant eggplant
paper: elegant eggplant, more mustard, watercolor
other: large corner rounder, aqua painter, piercing tool, mustard and black brads, crop-a-dile, eggplant grosgrain ribbon, sponge, dimensional foam tape

Thanks for stopping by.


Susan (rainy) said...

Oh so rich and beautiful! Love those flowers.

bensarmom said...

This is the ribbon treatment.

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Wow this is amazing! This is just yummy with the colors and the depth of color you achieved!!