I saved one aside from this weekend's watercoloring session to share with you today, because this is the perfect card for a chilly, overcast March Monday! Can't you just feel the sunshine?
Ready for my 7 top watercoloring tips? You'll feel like a pro when you practice these tricks!
- Make sure your Aqua Painter brush is full before you start--you do NOT want to run out of water in the reservoir right in the middle of your project!If you are using a regular brush, keep a little dish of clean water right next to your station.
- Be aware that watercoloring can bleed through to the back, so protect your work surface. I use a non-porous granite floor tile that doubles as a palette, because I can squeeze my inks right onto it and wipe the residue right off afterward.
- Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy to blot off excess drips, and to clean the tip of your brush regularly so you don't muddy colors.
- Dampen your watercolor paper first so the color slides instead of saturates. Work in small-ish sections, and re-dampen new areas if they've dried before you moved on.
- Keep that Aqua Painter moving. Don't rest the tip in any one location too long. Straight re-inker is going to be VERY dark, so squeeze the Aqua Painter gently every time you pick up fresh ink, to dilute it with water.
- Remember that you can always add more color later--but you can't easily take it off once it's on, so paint in layers, revisiting areas to add deeper shades later.
- Keep in mind that it's only paper! Not cheap paper, no, but it's still JUST paper. Allow yourself a sheet to practice on and test colors on.
Have fun watercoloring! Need supplies?
Snag these ink refill shades in my online stamp store: