Friday, May 18, 2018

Shading With Watercolor Pencils

I was cruising around pinterest and the web this week and I came across a card by a gal, Paula Dobson. She has made a card and used a stamp set called Varied Vases by SU, which I own. I loved her vases, and her card, they were both beautiful. But what caught my attention was that her vases looked like they were shaded with watercolor pencils. I didn’t track down her blog or anything to confirm this, but it did not stop me from pulling out my watercolor pencils from SU and having some fun.
varied vase 2I’m not quite the artist but I think they turned out pretty good. I am happy with the results. You know what they say…practice makes perfect. The first one I did using Rich Razzleberry as my color choice. I had some old DSP (designer series paper) from SU on hand that turned out to be the perfect accent paper.
To shade these vases I first stamped them in a brown Memento ink called Espresso Tuffle. Then I used my Early Espresso watercolor pencil from SU to do a little shading. Then I went over the areas where I had shaded with my Blender Pen, also from SU. This allowed me to blend the espresso color to a smoother finish almost with a watercolor look…but not quite. Because I used the blender pen instead of an aqua brush with water it let me have more control over the spread of the color. Does that make sense? You’ll just have to try it to see what I mean.
I stamped my flowers from the Varied Vases stamp set in Early Espresso and then used my Stampin’ Blends markers from SU to color them in. I also have Copic markers, which would have worked beautifully as well, but since I was using an old SU paper I knew the Blends would be a PERFECT match.
I used a little white embossing powder on the sentiment banner. To create this I didn’t pull out a die or anything. Once I heat embossed my sentiment on this little 1/2 inch strip I just used my scissors to give it a fishtail.
Of course, by the time I was done with Rich Razzelberry I could not wait to make another one using a different color. (Remember, practice makes perfect.) I chose Bermuda Bay for the next one. I thinkvaried vase I might even like this one a little better. Of course I have a lot of variations of this color in my house so I guess I’m a little partial.
I was really happy with how these cards turned out. My thanks to Paula Dobson for the inspiration. I hope you’ll be inspired to get out your watercolor pencils and be creative. Who knows, I may have to try a third card and this time use my aqua brush to see what effect this will give my vases. Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Crafting!
Shan

1 comment:

  1. “I’m not quite the artist”, you do not give yourself enough credit. I find all your creations amazing. I would consider myself talented if I had 1/16th of your talent. Don’t sell yourself short. Both the cards are beautiful but because of the color difference they look like 2 different cards.

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