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Journey into Watercolor Painting …

on January 28, 2015

10171246_982515118429486_6548731559331515220_nI’ve always wanted to learn more about Watercolor. I like the soft look that you get from Watercolor paints. I’ve used watercolors before a few times but not often enough. I’m sorta a ADD crafter where I’m always bouncing from one project to another. I’m currently trying to get into watercolor painting and learning techniques via YouTube. So I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far with you guys.

Watercolor seems to come in many different forms from pallet of watercolor cakes/squares to watercolors in mini toothpaste like tubes. I’ve generally used the dry bricks of watercolor in those pallets you just wet with water and take it from there. I never seriously got that into watercolor that I wanted to buy a set of the tubed watercolors. But since I’m currently in a Watercolor phase I’ve found the tubed kind is probably the best kind to use but if you don’t want to go that route my 2nd best option would be to buy Peerless watercolor. They’re like a sheet a paper that has watercolor fused into little strips you just wet it with your brush and paint. The colors are vibrant and easier to store than the tubes it seems.

I mainly wanted to use watercolor not for making paintings but for greeting cards or notecards. I found it difficult to write over a watercolor painted notecard. Even my white Sakura gel pen was having difficulty writing over the surface. Mainly I think bcuz the surface often has this sand paper like graining texture afterwards and I think it’s bcuz I’m using the pallet cakes watercolor and not tubed form ? I don’t know if that’s the reason. So I started looking into Watercolor resist techniques. Here’s a list below of all the items that resist watercolor …

[] Wax based colored pencil

[] Wax Crayons like Crayola or Oil Pastels

[] Rubber Cement

[] Embossing Ink

[] White Glue/Hot Glue

[] Stickers

[] Salt

[] Masking Fluid/Tape

[] Rubbing Alcohol

I have tried using the white Crayola colored pencils and I guess it’s not really wax based enough to resist the watercolor paints as the color still covered over what I drew. Now the white Crayola crayon worked great but it was really hard to see what I drew with the white crayon on white paper. But once you brushed on your wash of watercolor your image magically appeared. I guess you could use different colors if you’re going to be using the same color watercolor like for example draw with a Red crayon then paint the background with Red watercolor so the crayon will kinda blend in ?

I have yet to try the salt or white glue/hot glue but I purchase tubes of watercolor in a Beginners kit way long ago and I’m trying to look for that set so I can try the salt/glue methods. For now if you want to make greeting cards or notecards with lettering just use acrylic paint and a fine point brush to do the lettering. But if you’re not on a tight Art Supply budget like me buy the Liquid Masking Fluid also called Friskit I think. You can rub it off once it’s dry. Same goes with the Rubber Cement. A major D’Oh on my part bcuz I had Rubber Cement but had no clue what to use it for as it didn’t work for a art project I was working on. So I threw it away which I now regret !

I will share with you my progress with Watercolor as I go along and experiment. Oh before I forget I was watching a YouTube video on Watercolor resist and learned a really awesome trick which was to mix water, white glue, and some shimmery liquid watercolor into a spray bottle and when you spray the surface of your watercolor paper or cardstock it resists the watercolor leaving behind a interesting splatter where you sprayed the mixture. I have an empty spray bottle and I’m gonna have to try the water and glue mix without the shimmery liquid watercolor as I don’t have any of that.

One more thing … As far as frugal crafting goes. I found Walmart sells watercolor pallets by Crayola for under $5 and the colors are quite vibrant. Dollar tree and 99¢ Only Store also had some watercolor pallets but avoid buying the watercolor paper from Walmart. I was going to purchase the Crayola Watercolor paper pad but their paper seemed incredibly think like sketchbook paper so I passed. For less than the Crayola Watercolor paper I found awesome 50 sheet watercolor paper @ Target for $2.99 ! The paper is super thick and holds water very well without warping too much. If you cut the paper in ½ you have more paper to work with. Since I’m not doing paintings but rather notecards and greeting cards ½ a sheet is all you need.

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