Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Watercolor Technique with Stamps and Inks

 When I saw these great stamps drawn and designed by Mario Rossi III. at CHA, I KNEW I loved his style.
Drawing your own stamps makes you truly an Artist  ..IMHO.
So, to do my part to help a thriving Artist....I bought a set that is all about my favorite time of year...

 What could be more about fall than the Fall colors in Dylusions Spray Inks...and mixing and playing around with them on watercolor paper was just WAY too much fun for me!
They are bright, they are concentrated, and they are gorgeous.
Spray your paper with water, here a Pentalic Watercolor Journal, and then load up the sprays. I did NOT blot them, I just dried them with the Heat It Tool. I wanted the intensity.

Then I stamped with Archival Jet Black ink using Dyan's Word Love and Mario Jr.'s Autumn Blueprint.

I'm not good at taking pics as I go, so this is a bad light shot, but I wanted you to see how the brown and green run together and make a very dark color.
This is the BEFORE.....

These inks have the great quality of a watercolor paint that can be lifted with water and a brush.
Here I'm adding puddles of water with a brush and lifting the color wherever I want to lighten.
 Using a paper towel, I lift the layers of color to lighten within the stamped image.

Just continue to take the color off in sections wherever you like.
I completely covered the area with the words to take lots of color out around them.
This is the can see the backruns of the water created that I really like.

This detail shows the white and black penwork. And lots more stamping using the rolling technique from Dyan.
I used white paint on Basic Background dot stamp and colored over with the Broken China Distress Marker. Where I added some random circles with it over the Lemon Zest turned green.
Pretty cool...but on the white paint it remained blue.
I went back and took the tops off the sprays and just painted intense color back into the leaves where I wanted more color.

 And here you can see the drops of water that I flicked here and there...and blotted off to reveal the lighter underside of the paper.
These Inks are so great for this technique....
So if it looks way too dark, just wait, lift the color with water, high-light, and stamp some more.
Layers, and Layers, and Layers create depth into which you look at your painting.

 The Broken China over some of the white dots was the last thing I did. It just needed a bit of different color here and there to break up all the warm colors.
 And this is the last shot to bore you with of the book completely open.
I have to try some more of this ..... not enough hours in the day!
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  1. Oh, Linda! GORGEOUS!!!
    Like you, I'm hooked on Dyan's inks & watercolor paper - ok, ANY paper, truthfully - but, I love the 'bleaching' & re-coloring. Oh, yeah ... LOVE it!

  2. Fabulous!!!gorgeous autumnal colours x

  3. Gorgeous work, Linda! I'm going to have to get these sprays to try . . . believe it or not, I don't have them!

  4. Beautiful color palette Linda! Love how you "lifted" the color!

  5. Great techniques + great products = fabulous project!

  6. Love it. is that uni POSCA pen better than ranger white pens. I love white pens and was totally smitten by Uniball but they gum up on some back grounds.

    1. The unit POSCA is a felt nib pen and the ranger pen is a ball pen with 2 totally different inks and delivery systems IMHO. Both work well in different mediums because of that.

  7. Not boring at all...I absolutely LOVE this! Fall is my favorite time of year and your colorations are just the splendiferest!

  8. Where is the LOVE button??? Will pin this with credit to you, Master Mister!

  9. love this Lina...just fabulous.

  10. Wow, this is just gorgeous! I love the fall color palette and those stamps by Mario Jr. are fabulous here.

  11. Not bored at all. Fabulous color and lovely layers. I'm itching to get my journal out now.

  12. gorgeous and glowing ! love this :)

  13. Linda, this is just amazing!!! You have such talent! Thanks for sharing this beautiful artwork

  14. Fabulous art, and stunning colours - I love autumn!! The new stamps are just "must have"!!

  15. Wow this is so beautiful. The colours are so rich. Love the way you journaled.

  16. your right-this is your colors! The patience & time you put into layering and adding/taking away the colors makes so much depth to the finished art.
    Always love the way you add your lines with your pens. Really makes it pop!
    Great job!!

  17. This is gorgeous!! Fantasic colors, so rich and warm!
    And stop thinking that you bore us with photos please :D Can't get enough of them!

  18. Love it! The colors, the techniques, the doodling, and well everything. Thank You.

  19. This turned out yummy! There are not enough hours in the day to do all I want to!!1 Thanks for sharing your technique.

  20. LOve love love!!!! He is an artist and so are you!

  21. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh... just gorgeous! Love those fall colors - they're my favorites.

  22. Aren't you so clever to lift color off with puddles of water. So awesome, as usual. You never fail to amaze.

  23. The autumn colors in the background are just breathtaking and your water-lifting technique is something I hadn't thought of before. Thanks so much for passing on your "tricks." Love 'em!

  24. These are gorgeous pages Linda. And it is fascinating to see your steps along the way. The colors and theme are so perfect for this moment in time too!

  25. Wow, just stunning! Love all the layers and textures in these pages, so much yummy stuff to look at and love! xx


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