Reported by Sara McKenzie
I’ve had the best results using watercolor paper as my base. (Stampin’ Up! also provides precut 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, in 3-3/4″ X 5″ pieces sized for cards. It is $6.95 for 20 sheets.) I also prefer to use the “Aqua Painter” paint brush, rather than a standard brush. Since the Aqua Painter contains its own water, I find it easier to work with, and to control how much water I am using at any given moment. (Plus you don’t need to worry about an open cup of water on your workspace, just waiting to be spilled!)
The last example, below, is an example of a wash. In this technique, you flood the area first with plain water. In the sample on the left, I then scribbled a bit of color on top of the wet paper, and then used the brush to spread the color further. You can still see some of the scribbles remain on the paper underneath-almost as if the paper has been stained. In the sample on the right, I picked up a little color with my brush, and added it to the already-wet area on the paper. You can see how this provides the most translucent and “soft” version of your color.
In the images below, you can see how I used these techniques in a couple of cards.
Applying a brown wash to the wheelbarrow:
Blotting excess water and color with a paper towel:
Finally, I added the color to the flowers, picking up the color from the tip of the crayon with my brush, and applying a pretty thick amount of color (since the flowers are relatively small- I wanted them to pop.)
A close-up is shown below.
Here is another card, using the “Time Well Spent” hostess set from the Spring/Summer 2008 catalog (retired as of 8/10/08). I cased this design from SplitCoastStampers, changing the colors up to make a bright and cheerful birthday card for a 90 year old (!!) friend of mine. I stamped all of the images using StazOn Jet Black ink, and used the single technique of picking up color with my brush and applying it to dry paper. This gives the brightest version of each color.
So, what do I really think of these Watercolor Wonders?
- Love the colors, and love that they are sold in sets coordinating with the Stampin’ Up! color families.
- Terrific consistency when wet, they spread and blend well.
- You can mix the crayon colors with each other to create an endless number of hues. (I’ve not tried mixing with watercolor pencils or other watercolors.)
- You can mimic pretty much all watercolor techniques.
- Somewhat pricey at $19.95 for a set of 12. This is in the mid-range of other artist quality crayons I’ve seen. So you can find them more and less expensive than the SU brand.
- You can only purchase them through a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.
Have you used them yourself? What do you think? I’d love to hear from you!