Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.
This week is actually two techniques: WATERCOLOR BACKGROUNDS AND WATERCOLOR LIFTING.
BACKGROUNDS ~ Lately I have been experimenting with watercoloring backgrounds. It’s a quick and simple way to get a different look for paper crafting. No two backgrounds turn out the same ~ each one is unique. I used watercolor pencils and water to create a watercolor background on watercolor paper.
For the background you will need: watercolor paper, watercolor pencils or paints, masking tape, brush/water.
Tape down the watercolor paper to a firm surface ~ this will help minimize warping.
Scribble across the paper in rows of different colors ~ the possibilities are endless. Then brush water across until you are happy with the look. Let dry completely before removing the tape. Don’t worry if the paper is a bit warped. It will be fastened down onto a project anyway and will lay nice and smooth with adhesive.
Now for the watercolor lifting! After it dried, I clear heat embossed a floral image on top. I then brushed water again over the images and “lifted” the color away with a paper towel. Anything under the embossing stayed the same and the background color around it lightened.
You will need: powder tool, stamps, Versamark ink pad, a heat tool and paper towels.
1)Rub the powder tool over the surface of the watercolored paper. This will eliminate the embossing powder from sticking to areas that you don’t want it to. 2) Ink up the stamp with Versamark ink and stamp. 3)Cover with embossing powder and tap off the excess before heating it with the heat tool. 4) Brush water over the entire surface and soak up the water with the paper towels to “lift” the color away. Anything under the embossing stayed the same color and the background around has lightened and softened.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!
Until next time,
The Country Touch