Pencils, Stamps…..and Peace!

As promised, I am back with a little tutorial on how to create the watercolour backgrounds you see in the cards here (and also on my previous post).

These cards were very quick to come together, and having gained an hour to myself in the week (boys and husband went out on to the shops), I could sit in the peace and quiet and catch up on some crafty time.

Using watercolour pencils, a water brush I created the background onto 3x3inch squares of watercolour paper, by initially scribbling across the paper (very lightly) with 3 complimentary colours.

I then blended the colours together with my waterbrush, and continues to wash over the surface until I was happy with the look. It is at this stage the colour really intensifies, and you can make the decision whether or not to add any more colour.

Next I stamped the images from Sarah Hurley’s Zen doodle Nature Stamp Set (onto a separate sheet of watercolour paper) and coloured the images by lifting colour from a ‘palette’ onto the image. For me colouring directly on the image with the pencil makes it too tricky to control the colour. This way a hint of colour is added that can gradually be built up.

When all watercolour paper layers are dry I layered them, then chose a number of sayings to stamp directly onto the watercolour background.

This is a really fast way to 1) build up a set of cards/notelets, and 2) craft when you have limited time as you don’t have to trawl through all of your stash.

I have added details of the stamp sets I used over at Sarah Hurley 365 blog, where along with the rest of the DT we try and provide you with a little bit of crafty inspiration each day. You will also find our new challenge over there too where we would like you to enter your creation about your ‘Favourite Things’

Thank you so much for stopping by today, hope you are all set to enjoy the weekend. x


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