No Line Watercoloring
by Leah Cornelius
Hello crafty friends! I have a fun tutorial to share with you today that focuses on watercoloring which has been sweeping the crafting scene. I personally love to watercolor and this is such a neat technique as it utilizes your stamps but the end result looks more like you hand painted your creation.
The first thing to do is gather your supplies. You’ll need to choose a stamp image you want to work with that is a line image, meaning one you need to color in. I am using the brand new Stamp of the Month: Lily of the Valley. Next you’ll need some vellum and a regular #2 pencil. Stamp your image in black ink onto your vellum. Be sure to either let your ink dry or heat set it to speed up drying if needed.
After your stamping is done, flip your image that is stamped onto your vellum over. Using the #2 pencil trace the entire image. If you hold up your image to the light as you go along you can see that you haven’t missed spots because the graphite from the pencil will be a bit shiny.
After you have traced the entire image flip it over onto your watercolor paper panel you will be watercoloring on. Use some washi tape or painters tape to hold the vellum down, you don’t want any shifting to be happening! Take a bone folder and gently rub the entire image. If you carefully peel back only the top portion, making sure to leave the bottom part taped down, you can check to see that you are rubbing the whole image and not missing spots.
After you have rubbed the whole image, the graphite from the pencil that was on the vellum will be transferred to the watercolor paper. Now you are ready to start painting!
I like to use a round brush for my painting. I used a #5 round for this image. You want your brush to be able to go to a nice point so that you can do detail work. I like to start by outlining my image with my first wash of paint so that I know where everything is. The graphite transfer isn’t very dark so it’s good to get everything outlined first.
Use your original stamped image, or the stamp index as a reference as the transfer isn’t as crisp as a stamped impression. Even though this image is Lily of the Valley flowers, which are white, I chose to make them blue so that the painting would be more dramatic. I think they make lovely blue bells as well! After you have your outlines done begin filling in your image with your watercolors. I suggest going in sections and never working a new section that is next to a wet one. You will avoid a lot of unwanted color bleeding that way. I also start very light and slowly build up color intensity. Remember you can always add more color but it is harder to take it away!
Finally create something beautiful with your completed image. Here is the card I created using a sentiment that is also in the Lily of the Valley set. The little banners are from the new Fancy Labels 3 dies. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I do hope you’ll give it a try! Thanks so much for joining me today!