Natalie shows you how to use minimal water to intensify a colour to make your watercolour pop. Using an intense background colour will add depth to your design and bring your subject to the foreground.
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One of my favourite samples from October is this bookmark card featuring Numerology and Beauty is in the Eyes. You might think this card looks complicated, but its actually really simple and there is no masking involved.
The bookmark panel
Start by working onto a piece of watercolour or mixed media cardstock. Remember, the smoother the stock, the more crisp your outline will be. Stamp your main image from Beauty is in the eyes using a water resistant ink pad. Next, you are going to line up the vertical numbers stamp from Numerology over the bubbles; ink it up with a combination of Wild Honey and Crackling Campfire Distress inks and spritz the stamp with water, stamp the image.
You can then watercolour your background using a nice strong magenta colour around the figure bubbles and numbers. As we want to use an intense background colour, you want to choose a colour of watercolour you can pull directly from a pan rather than mixing. Use the minimum amount of water to keep your colour next and strong. You will definitely want to use a traditional paintbrush rather than a water brush. Then, using a slightly watered down version of the colour, fill your bubbles also going around the numbers.
You can then paint the figure adding shading to the face using watered down Crackling Campfire or your watercolours.
Mount this panel onto a piece of contrasting cardstock in warm yellow to pull out the colour in your numbers. This can then be adhered to your card base along the open edge. Use a dashed line blade/trimmer to cut in the edge for tearing off the bookmark. Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark using a Cropadile or similar strong hole punch.
Finally, stamp your sentiment and you have a quick and easy card.
See our last post using Chocolate Baroque stamps here.