Reporting from the Convention – Watercoloring

Linda McClain here, lead (and only) reporter for the KBSU, from the Stampin' Up! Regional Convention in San Antonio . . . here's the late-breaking news . . .

Lori Olaveson from Stampin' Up!'s home office presented six different ways to watercolor using the aqua painter. (The larger aqua painter is on sale for $7.25 through the end of October.)


Before presenting each technique, Lorie offered these tips:

  • Get to know your aqua painter. Practice because each aqua painter is just a little different. Become one with the painter.
  • The painter tip may get stained with use, but it will not affect the end product.
  • Outline stamps work best for watercoloring.
  • Use Staz-on ink pads to stamp the outline image. Because they're water-based, classic inks will smudge when in contact with the water from the painter.
  • Start with lighter colors, then next darker to darkest to blend outward.
  • Add a little neutral color under your stamped image to "ground" the image like a shadow.
  • Keep paper towels handy. If the painter gets too juicy, you can use the paper towels to dry up the painter a little.

Lori used Stampin' Up!'s 40 lb watercolor paper, Textured Love Notes, Earth Element Brads, punches, and the stamp set, Pun Fun, for each of her examples.

1. Watercolor Pencils – You can use the pencils tp color directly on the stamped image and use your aqua painter to blend your colored image. Or, you can load the aqua painter with color by applying the painter to the tip of the the pencil.


2. Stampin' Pastels – Give a more fine and softer look. Tip your aqua painter into the pastels to pick up the color.


3. Classic Ink Pads– Make your ink pallet by squishing (yes, her technical term) the lid of a closed ink pad. That will place ink in the lid that you can dip your aqua painter in to load the color. Some areas of the lid will have more concentrated ink than others so you can vary the intensity of the color. For the most concentrated color, put drops of ink from the ink refillers of the same color into the lid. For the example below, Lori used More Mustard, Tangerine Tango and Close to Cocoa.


4. Craft Ink Pads – Craft ink pads are made of pigment ink and will give a more opaque look with a truer color. Load the aqua painter with color by applying it directly to the ink pad.


5. Stampin' Write Markers – You can pick up the color by applying the aqua painter to the brush end of the marker. Because our markers are water based, you can also draw on the image with the marker for more intense color where you want it and continue to blend it with the aqua painter.


6. Watercolor Crayons. Like the pencils, you can color the image with the watercolor crayons and then blend the color, or you can load the aqua painter with color by picking up the color from the crayon. Pick up the color from the bottom of the crayon so you keep the shape of your tip intact for coloring.


Lori showed a few more water colored projects for those who want to kick it up a notch.


Morning Soft – notice the stiching with hemp around the corners. (Sorry this picture is so fuzzy – these are pictures of the oversized screen in dark stadium lights.)


A tiny scallop envelope using the set Owl Together Now. After the presentation, the projects were placed in a display area where I could get a more upclose pictures. Here's Lori's final watercoloring project using Under the Stars.


And that's the way it was . . . Linda McClain for KLCC, coming to you from San Antonio.

Okay, that was me trying to be a news reporter. Think I should stick with my day job?

Lori did a great job. I didn't know you could use the aqua painters with the pastels, and I'm anxious to try the pencils. I love, love watercoloring. Any of my hostess club members will tell you we watercolor nearly every month. Here's a few other tidbits I've learned.

With any of these mediums (except possibly the pastels) you can try coloring directly onto your stamp, misting lightly with water, and stamping onto your paper. It's a great way to stamp the image once with more than one color and you will get an instant watercolor image that looks like a Monet!

You may notice aqua painters in hobby stores selling for a dollar or two and may be asking why you'd want to pay more for Stampin' Up! aqua painters. Yep, I tried to save some money and I found the tips on hobby-store aqua painters are not as pliable or amicable to painting finer images. Painting with one of them is a little like trying to do surgery with a hatchet instead of a scalpel (sorry for the graphic McCain/Obama debate reference). Our painters also have a filter that keeps the color you're using from going into the water reservoir. Without the filter, your colors can get muddy. The cheaper painters are great for licking stamps.

That's just the tip of the aqua painter (hee hee) . . . so many more things to share with you from the convention – stay tuned to the same channel. Next time – Cyndee Rust presents Simply Scrapping.


Sweet Comments

  1. Linda ~ You are absolutely hilarious !! Thanks for sharing this info…You have inspired me to pull out my Aqua Painters and practice :)

  2. This is so, so helpful. thank you. As I was reading I kept having questions pop up in my head, and as I went ‘oh, but..’ you’d answer those questions in your post!Great pictures too and I never knew the SU aquapainters had filters! I had done the whole-they cost more bit, but mine, though a ‘name’ do let colour seep up into the water which is a pain. Now I know! You get what you pay for!

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