Stamps – Water Colors

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert stamp artist Christina Crawford demonstrates different ways to use water colors when stamping.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    Christina Crawford: I am Christina Crawford and right now Im going to show you different ways of water coloring when youre stamping. The first thing that you will need is a waterproof pad to do the type that Im going to show you. Next you need different ways of blending your color and it could be using a blender pen, an aqua painter, which is like a wet paint brush. So, if you have a wet paint brush and a small jar of water that can do just fine. Of course, you need your stamps, ink, and paper, but right now Im going to show you also some water color pencils and some pastels and how to use an inkpad in order to give you some color in your stamped image.

    The first thing is to take this stamp and ink that up and to stamp on your paper with that water color image. This is a flower and pretty leaves on the side. What you can do is, take your water color pencils; you can take some colors here and now just grab a few for this demonstration just to show you how easy it is to color in. Your inkpad should be pretty dry, unless youre using a pigment pad and if it looks like the ink is wet, just wait a little bit, but this ink is dry, going to use these pencils just to outline my image. This is a red, and next I have a green for the stem and this for the leaves. It looks like Im scribbling and guess what I am, because you really dont have to be an artist when youre doing this watercolor look. You just want to scribble in some color, have fun with it and probably talk on the phone and do this.

    Next, you can take your blender pen and this is like a wet magic marker. There is no color on it, its clear and when you go right on top of the water color pencils, its going to take that ink and just kind of smear it just ever so slightly. Its going to turn that blender pen almost into a wet paint brush and then you can go ahead and mix the colors. I added a little bit of orange, a little bit of yellow to the red just to make like an orange just to kind of bring some colors to life. Dont be afraid you get outside of the lines, swipe that just before you get right inside or change your color, you want to swipe that so we dont have red leaves, unless you do want red leaves that most people dont and that gives you a really fun watercolor look, using the watercolor pencils. Another step to do using the aqua painter, I will do that once again just kind of stamp the image very quickly. You can color it again Ill just do the flower top this time and again you could see me scribbling very easy, very easy to scribble and you can use the aqua painter. Pretend this as a wet paint brush too because it will be the same thing. This is a little jar of water in it. Im going to make sure that its going good and then it just kind of splashes the color around. This one will still give you the outlines of the pencil because it doesnt dig in deep like the blender pen does and thats just a different technique. Your water paint brush would do the same thing.

    Another technique would be to take that flower stamp and use your pastels and a lot of people want to know what can I do with pastels besides coloring them in? Well, if you take your pastels and open them up, you would see all the different colors in there. This is like a paper pallet; this does work best with the blender pen. Make sure you have a clean blender pen, pick up the chalk from the pastel pallet and then go right ahead and color. This will give you a deeper, richer color than the pencils do. It also takes a toll on these blender pens because the pastels are so dry that eventually you might have to replace your blender pen, but it does give you a very rich color. Again, go right outside the lines with that.

    Before I show you some pretty samples, I want to show you how you could use your inkpads as well. So, there are your pastels I put those aside. You can stamp your image again. Its the same image Im using. You can take your inkpad and just squeeze down on your inkpad before you open it. When you open it you should have a smudge, well you can use that smudge. So, again youre going to take your blender pen or your aqua painter or wet paint brush and go right inside this way and make lines and brush out the color and youll get nice, pretty watercolor look to that. You can see those leaves right there. This is a great example of what it looks like to use your inkpads with water coloring. Using a black permitted inkpad and using the magic markers to color in that flower.

    This is a great example on using those watercolor pencils and this one here is a great example on using the pastels to give it a rich color and using the blender pen. You can even fill that a better background in there as well. Once your flower is all finished and its put on side of a card its just look so beautiful and everyone will think you took out watercolor paints in order to create this card, when you only used pencils, pastels, or made your inkpads to do it, how easy is that.

    Next, Im going to show you how you how you can use your markers to create some beautiful stamped creations.