I Can’t “Resist” This Watercolour Technique

     Posted by Brooke on May 24, 2017

Since I started teaching Watercolour 101, I’ve been experimenting by trying all kinds of watercolour techniques.

The one I’ve been loving lately is resist painting. I used the Prima Christine Adolph resist pen that is available in the store and I loved how fine the tip was for details.

Watercolour resist, also known as masking fluid, rubber cement, or liquid frisket, is a fluid substance that is either drawn or painted onto the paper prior to watercolour painting. Once the masking fluid is applied, you allow it to dry completely, paint over your design with watercolours, and then peel off the dried masking fluid.

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I also used the Prima waterbrushes for painting and blending. LOVE them. Psst…they’re back in stock in the store!img_4215

First, I doodled freehand flowers and leaves on my paper.

Before applying any paint I made sure to let the fluid dry completely. Once the opaque liquid turns transparent and a bit tacky it’s ready to go.

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You can see in the picture above the transparent quality of the masking fluid once it’s dry.
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Disclaimer: on this first painting I made the mistake of using non-watercolour paper so the edges are frayed and not crisp like they should be.

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I wanted to try again with actual watercolour paper to see if I could get that properly crisp resist effect.

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I did basically the same design with a few little variations as I was drawing freehand. You could also use this masking fluid through a stencil, trace the outlines of diecuts, or paint with it.

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You can see that the watercolour paper made a huge difference in the quality of the resist.

And here is a shot of what we did in Watercolour 101 last week. Watercolour resist on a bit of a smaller scale in order to make card fronts. Oh, and we used the new liquid watercolour paints if you’re wondering why the colours are so vibrant.

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If you want to try watercolour resist or even just try your hand at watercolours, all the supplies I’ve used (watercolour paper, liquid watercolours, Prima waterbrushes, Prima Resist Pen) are available in the store.

We also have ONE more Watercolour 101 class left if you’d like to join! May 31st 7pm-8:30. It’s a casual, relaxed atmosphere where you can learn watercolour basics. Call or visit the store to register!

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3D without the funky glasses

     Posted by Lori on May 21, 2017

Last weekend was our spring event and after watching everyone busy creating, I just had to sit down at my scrappy table and make something.

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Every crop I try to bring something a little different in for our cardmakers.  This time it was these gorgeous copper/rose gold (you decide) 3D cards.

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I have tried my best to capture the effect of the metallic parts, and hopefully with one of these photos you can see how pretty they are.

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This one actually had a stem, but I cut it off by mistake, lol … so I just used it this way.  It’s still works!

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I used thin foam squares to pop the pieces.  Each flower has a minimum of three layers, some have four.

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There is three flowers to each set, you punch them out of the heavy cardstock, and then layer them.

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They are pretty easy to make, but as you see, they turn into beautiful cards.

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All in a weekend’s work….

     Posted by Norine on May 17, 2017

You guys.  I got to attend the Birds of a Feather crop in Winkler last weekend!  And play with my own paper the whole time!  The only tricky part was, up until a few days before flying up, I thought I was teaching a class, and prep time for my own activities took a back seat. So, I decided to just bring the basics for stamping and coloring/painting.  I needed a few cards that weekend, and they were the ones I focused on first.

Number one, was a graduation card for my daughter-in-law, who was receiving her MD degree on Sunday!  THAT’s a milestone, let me tell you!  Eight long years of study and sacrifice!  I made a couple of similar cards, (because that’s what I do when all the supplies are out and in use!) and didn’t take a photo of her card, but it’s very similar to this one below.

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I used a Stampendous stamp from the store, and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I’d brought with me.  They are fun to “water color paint” with.  You can color with them as they have lovely real brush tips and the colors are quite intense.  I like to follow the thin line of color laid down, with a clean water brush to give the color a chance to blend and spread.

I also participated in the twoonie challenge on Friday night, to alter a notebook cover.

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My alterations consisted of a paper doily in a darker shade of the same mint green as the spine, a fancy chipboard die cut from the LiitD store, some gesso paint, and then I stamped the bloom and leaves on watercolor paper, painted them, then fussy cut them out and covered them with Glossy Accents.  I’m torn between giving it as a gift and keeping it for myself!

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I also needed a baby girl card to accompany a gift.  I found this card on the inter webs (Pinterest probably) and straight up CASed it!  (CASE = Copy and Share Everywhere).  Sometimes inspiration is just too good to mess with and you have to make it exactly as you see it!

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And lastly, I needed a 1st Mother’s Day card.  Also for my previously mentioned Daughter-in-law.  (Guess which accomplishment she’s more proud of!)

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These stamped images, the onesie and baby deer, are from Stampin’ Up!  I typed my sentiment on the typewriter at the crop and stitched it onto the card panel with a red-threaded sewing machine.

After that I just played.  I stamped and painted a new Magenta stamp.  These are from a company in Quebec and Lori would be able to order them if you ask her.  I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx black ink because it’s good with watercoloring.

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Lastly, I played with some combinations of a Lawn Fawn stamp set.  Whose mouth doesn’t water at the sight of these fun, brightly colored jelly beans, right??  And the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pads or Echo Park paper pads in the store make finishing the cards a breeze.

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The jelly beans on the bottom card have all been covered with Glossy Accents.  (Yes, I did have an unhealthy obsession with Glossy Accents this weekend).  I’m not crazy about the way some of the color bled under the Glossy Accents.  Next time, I’d apply the glaze over the beans in the jar individually, like I did with the loose ones, letting them dry between applications, so they don’t run together and that way, they add a fun texture to the card.

Besides these cards, I got a pile of card panels stamped for coloring and painting, and even painted a few.  Also visited.  And ate.  And went thrifting for books for a project you’ll be seeing soon. And ate again.  If I’d gotten nothing crafty done this weekend it would have been a super-fun time, but the fact that I did get some stuff made is BONUS!  Can’t wait till next time!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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