Hello, it’s Gaylynn here with a second installment of my Watercolor Wednesday series here on the Unity blog.
Watercolor with Sakura Koi pan style colors and gold heat embossed stamping provides a fabulous result for card making, paper crafts, journaling or mixed media projects. For the easiest watercoloring with stamps, try heat embossing. A heat embossed image has a bit of a raised texture, providing a well for the water to remain in. It gives you a little more freedom to use more water and prevents watercolor from moving outside of the image. Heat embossing is not necessary to watercolor. This is showing another beautiful and easy way to paint.
Sentiment: HIYA Gorgeous.
This is a fun card to send to friends or loved ones. It includes a simple but graphic sentiment. The best part of the card is the watercolor flowers and the background. In addition, I made a video tutorial for this project showing you the process from start to finish. It includes instructions along the way throughout the video, however, a written process follows below.
How to Watercolor with Sakura Koi (or pan style watercolors) & Gold Heat Embossing
By Gaylynn Martling for Unity Stamp Co. Watercolor Wednesday
(See also the video tutorial for this project.)
Make a mask using the stamp backing. I save most of the backing film for masking projects. Add repositionable tape. Stamp the background onto watercolor paper.
I used the stamp positioning tool, Misti, and then restamped as I went along to get intensity. Use Ranger Archival ink or a waterproof ink.
Stamp with a watermark ink like VersaMark where you want to heat emboss.
Add splatter with stamp marks along the background wherever desired. Stamp a sentiment tag.
Mix your colors with water separately onto a tray. I used Sakura Koi with a watercolor brush.
Dab the lightest color onto the outer flower tips. Then dab a darker color near the core with a wet brush.
Repeat the color as desired without drying.
Add a third color if you want, in the center of each petal. Allow the colors to blend and move where they meet.
I added a bit of orange accent. Mix light blue & white for a light outline.
Add darker blue in the creases then blend out with water. Heat set or leave out to dry completely. Assemble the card.
Here is a closer look at the finished card.
We welcome your comments from today’s watercolor with Sakura Koi and heat embossing project. To do so, go to the Unity facebook page post regarding this blog project. Feel free to comment there or ask questions. I look forward to your feedback.
Also, I would love to see what you make, if you try out this technique. Share your project on the Unity Show and Tell facebook page. Request to join there and you’ll be all set.
Finally, to view last week’s tutorial post click Watercolor with Distress Markers ~ Masculine Card.
Catch me next Wednesday with a new project for Unity’s Watercolor Wednesday. I love sharing different ways to watercolor.
Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy Valentine’s Day.