Creative Watercolour Media – AECP

Well, the Christmas holidays are over and it’s time to get back to making things without it having anything to do with Christmas. Whew!

Smooshing/Kissing Technique

This next class was a lot of fun. I created cards I never thought I would. I used new techniques and techniques I’ve used before but in a new way.

This class focuses on taking your inks, whether it’s your ink pads, sprays or re-inkers and using them as watercolor art.

Watercolor Painting with Dye Inks

I started with creating 2 cards for this class using one stamp set, but a few days later I started thinking about other ways to use the techniques shown in the class, which gave me 2 more cards. One of these cards is a Christmas card and it’s one of my favorites. So simple, but so beautiful.

Supplies

  • Altenew Tea Party Crisp Dye Ink Set
  • Altenew Dark Night, Nimbus, Cloudy Sky, and Misty Morning Dye Inks
  • Green Dye Inks – Didn’t note the exact colors.
  • Sugarplums Crisp Dye Ink Set
  • Peach Gold Wide Washi Tape
  • Versamark Ink
  • Shimmer Spray – Perfect Pearls
  • Layered Snowflakes Die Set
  • Fresh Cut Roses Stamp Set
  • Fine Alphabet Die Set
  • Geo Frames Stamp and Die – Sentiment & Square Die
  • White and Gold Embossing Powder
  • Morning Glory Layering Die Set

The Cards

Card 1

Ok, I’ll admit, I have a couple favorites in the mix here. This one was one them. I took my blues – Dark Night, Nimbus, Cloudy Sky, and Misty Morning Dye Inks and smooshed them onto my glass mat, sprayed my water and ‘smooshed’ or as some call it ‘kissed’ the wet ink with my watercolor paper. I did make a conscious effort to keep areas of the paper lighter or darker to to give my die cuts shades for my flowers and leaves.

I used the Peach Gold Wide Washi Tape as my background and kept my sentiment simple. You’ll notice the sentiment is also smooshed with watered ink.

Layered Dies
A Closer Look

Card 2

This next card, I used the same smooshing technique but on top of white heat embossed flowers from Fresh Cut Roses Stamp Set. I used inks from Sugarplums Crisp Dye Ink Set and added a teal green for more contrast.

Once my smooshing was done, I used a red (Heart Beat) and green dye ink and watercolored over top of the flowers and leaves, which brightened the flowers – allowing them to stand out.

Smooshing/Kissing and Watercoloring
A Closer Look

Card 3

I kept this card pretty simple. I heat embossed another image from Fresh Cut Roses Stamp Set in gold. I used all the colors from the Tea Party Crisp Dye Ink Set to color my flower, but keeping the darker shades to a minimum. I used 2 shades of green for the leaves.

Watercoloring with Dye Inks
A Closer Look

Card 4

Ok, last one. This is the other favorite, and used this one for Christmas. I used the same smooshing technique with Dark Night, Nimbus, Cloudy Sky, and Misty Morning, but kept the darker shades to a minimum. I LOVE how this background turned out. I also used a shimmer spray which gives the panel a beautiful shine to it. I tried really hard to get this shimmer on camera but it just wouldn’t pick it up.

Smooshing with Shimmer Spray
A Closer Look

That’s it for this one, all. See you at Polychromatic.

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