Friday, February 26, 2016

A Technique I've Never Tried for As You See It Challenges


Well, I have a confession to make! As I prepared my Design Team project for As You See It Challenges, I was almost certain that we were supposed to use a technique that we've never used before. Then, as I posted it on the challenge blog, I saw that I was way off base. We were supposed to use a sentiment that we love. Ahem! I had already spent hours on the no line watercolouring technique and I wasn't about to start over, especially as I had been fighting a migraine all day. Fortunately, the stamp set I had chosen to use with my watercolouring, Birthday Blooms, has some really lovely sentiments, so while they may not be my favourite sentiments, they are ones that I love.



Keep in mind, I thought this was supposed to be a technique I've never tried before, so I have never done 'no line watercolouring' until today. I'm no expert, but I did have expert help with this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers. I have more to learn and lots to practise, but I'm fairly pleased with the results.


  • For no line watercolour, basically, you stamp your image in a really light ink and then use watercolour techniques to fill it in. I stamped the image from Birthday Blooms in Sahara Sand.
  • To do the watercolouring, I used Stampin' Up! inks and a good watercolour paintbrush that I received for Christmas. Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and Delightful Dijon, all 2015-17 In Colours, formed my palette.
  • The key to successful watercolouring seems to be laying down colour in layers and drying or setting them with your Heat Tool in between layers. I think you'll have the best results if you want to try this technique, by watching the Splitcoaststamper's tutorial and following her directions. Give it a try! It's fun!
  • If you know this stamp image, I cut off some of the tiny leaf sprigs when I fussy cut the image because they were so tiny to properly water colour, and hard to snip out. You don't really miss them, I think.




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5 comments :

Eunice said...

This is a beautiful card, Heather. I would never guess that this is your first try at this technique. Love it!

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, Eunice! It was quite soothing to sit and paint. I liked the experience.

Jan Clothier said...

Beautiful card no matter which way you cut it. I've never tried no-line water-colouring but it's a lovely technique as you have showcased it.

Patti said...

Gosh your card is pretty!! It has a definite Vintage feel to me. Beautiful!

Patti

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, Jan! It's not that different from regular watercolouring really! And Patti, I love vintage, so whenever someone comments that my work looks vintage, I take it as a real compliment. Thank you, both.