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One of my favorites in the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper on page 11.
This paper includes 12 sheets, 3 of 4 different 12″ x 12″ designs. They are all designed to color using any method you choose. You could use markers, the new Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Sponge Brayers, or even Aqua Painters, which is what I did on my card above.
Here’s a look at some of the paper, as well as some sample ideas from the catalog:
For my card, I actually used two different sheets. I cut the flowers out of one and the background out of another.
To start, I used a Sponge Brayer to add Pool Party ink on the top of the background and blend down, and to add Pear Pizzazz ink to the bottom of the background and blend up.
I really love Aqua Painters and watercoloring, and to be honest I wasn’t really sure if this paper would work well with watercoloring. It’s thicker that Whisper White cardstock, but definitely not watercolor paper. I started practicing on a scrap piece of paper and then playing with the ferns, and finally tackled the flowers last when I got my technique down.
Here’s what I learned. First, this paper is REALLY COOL and does work well with watercoloring!
I painted in small blocks. For the ferns, I painted with a light wash first. I painted quickly and in one direction. Then, I went back and added darker strokes in the middle. I turned the paper so I was always painting from the middle out towards the end of the leaf. I realized after I added darker pigment in the centers that the paint continued to blend as it dried. I even went back and added more color in the centers for more contrast.
I used three colors of green. Three of the ferns are painted with Old Olive, two with Pear Pizzazz, and one with Garden Green. I also used Garden Green for the swirls and stems.
I used a similar method with the flowers. I painted a few petals at a time from the center out, starting with a light wash, and then adding more and more color. For the Tangerine Tango flower, I used two colors for the center. I started with Daffodil Delight, and then I shaded with Delightful Dijon. I also added a little bit of Daffodil Delight to the petals.
You can really see how I added the second layer of color on the Melon Mambo flower. Initially, it was a mistake when I added too much color, but then I decided I liked it and continued.
I finished the card by stamping a sentiment from Butterfly Basics with Basic Black Archival ink on Vellum Paper and adding a string of pearls.
Supplies used on my card: