Reported By: Tami Bayer
I first saw this paper in a sneak peek for Summer CHA. I’ve been keeping an eye out for it ever since. I was elated to finally find it at a stamping convention just a couple of weeks ago, and picked up a couple of sheets to try out at $1.25 each.
Prima Paintables come in 12″ x 12″ sheets of very heavy water color paper. It rivals any heavy cardstock for heft and weight. The designs all have that fun doodle look of black ink on white paper. Some are definitely suited just to scrapbooking with a full 12″ x 12″ sheet needed to see the whole design. Happily for me there are also some that work for cardmakers in smaller designs. I chose this design because I had plans to make 4″ x 4″ sheets out of it for a funny valentine swap.
I love the way this paper takes watercolor painting. It absorbs the water quickly and doesn’t warp. I’m sure you could get a similar look with Staz-on ink and lots of stamps, but this is so much more fun. It reminds me of those doodle posters I colored with markers back in my much younger days. I tried it with markers and they work great, too.
Here is the project I made with my paper:
I chose to paint in just some of the areas and leave alot of the black and white showing. You can see that my painting isn’t perfect, but I think that adds to the fun of the piece. It’s supposed to look like doodling, not high brow art. The sentiment on top is stamped with staz-on ink on regular cardstock. The water was slower to absorb on cardstock. I found the watercolor paper so much easier to paint on.
I fell in love with Prima flowers along with everyone else when they came out. This new paintable paper is just as exciting as those flowers were. It’s worth the walk down memory lane, just to get out this doodled paper and color in the shapes. I poked around at the Prima blog to see what they did with these papers and found lots of great stuff there. They have a wonderful tutorial for painting the papers along with a nice gallery of items made with the paintables by their design team. My only advice is that if you find this paper, be sure you get more than two sheets of it!