Friday, March 9, 2018

Just Add Ink #399 | Just Add Water

Hell there stamping friends! Friday has come around again and so has another challenge over at Just Add Ink. It's a fun challenge and one that has so many possibilities for a fun creation - Just Add Water.

You could be inspired by the colours of the ocean, or the animals that live in it, or the rain, water colouring, swimming, the beach, just anything to do with water.

I've gone a bit literal with my card today to use an Aqua Painter and to colour my image with water for some gorgeous water colouring using the Stampin' Up! Flying Home Stamp set. This is such a cute stamp set with some fabulous images that lend themselves to being coloured any colouring medium.[400989]

Just a bit cute, right?

I've coloured in the hanging bird house image using an aqua painter on Water Colour Paper. The water colour paper counts too for the Just Add Water theme, doesn't it?

I inked up the image in the Basic Black Archival Ink, stamped it down and then heat embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I like to heat emboss the image when water colouring as it creates a small barrier around the image and you have less chance of the ink and water bleeding past the line and you don't have to be quite so precise and neat with your colouring. Makes it a bit quicker to colour too.

To pick up the colour out of the Stampin' Up! Classic Inks, when the inkpad is closed, squeeze the inkpad in the middle of the lid quite firmly, and the lid of the inkpad will pick up some colour off the ink pad. Open the lid and then using your aqua painter you can then pick up the colour off the lid. This is a fabulous design feature of the Stampin' Up! Inkpads. Another way you can get the colour is to put a few drops of re-inker in the well of an open inkpad and you can pick up the colour that way. Either way works equally well. Saves having a painters palette lying around on your desk with drops of colour and more of a chance to spill mess everywhere. The way that my desk is I don't need any more things that will spill and make more mess. It's messy enough! 

I coloured the images a little different this time and really let the water and the colour do the work themselves rather than me actually colouring it in. To colour each part in, I wet each little bit of the image with the aqua painter, and then put just a little bit of colour on each part and the water that I had already used to 'pre-wet' the image pulled the colour around. The water did all the work moving the colour around. If that makes sense? So only where you put water would the colour move to. If you didn't put water right up to the edge of each line then the colour would only move to where the water was. It really made it quite easy to colour that way! Love it!

To get the depth of colour I did use two colours throughout the whole image, starting with the light colour and then highlighting with a darker colour, really trying to use the lines in the image as to where to highlight.

Make sure you have a look over at the Just Add Ink Blog for all the fabulous Just Add Water inspiration and then come and join in the fun with this weeks theme. Can't wait to see your 'water' creation!

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  1. Wowee! I don't know what I love more - the basket weave embossed card front, the subtle splatter, or that gorgeous watercolouring! Beautiful creation Rochelle x

  2. Your coloring is so gorgeous!!! This card is cute indeed!!!

  3. What a wonderful vibrant rainbow of colours Rochelle. I love the depth of colour in your image and how you paired it up so beautifully with lots of lovely ribbon, twine and tag texture. xxx

  4. Wow, this is gobsmacking, Rochelle! So very beautiful.

  5. I love the vibrant flower colours teamed with the neutral background. Really makes them pop... plus that birdie image is just so sweet. Lovely, Rochelle.


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