Tuesday Tip – Watercoloring

In my stamp clubs this month, one of the techniques I am teaching is watercoloring with our Water Color Wonder Crayons. Many of my customers have purchased these crayons but have been afraid to use them. I want anyone who purchases something from me to USE it so I spent extra time on this technique.

Watercoloring with the WCW Crayons works perfectly with stamp sets that are designed for a “two step” image. One of those sets is our new Awash With Flowers set, which is available in both wood and clear mount. This set (which will be in the upcoming 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog) can be purchased now as part of our springtime promotion, OR you can earn it free by hosting a qualifying workshop).

Flowers awash

Technique #1: stamp coloring using markers in a two-step design – color solid stamp using crayon of your choice; wet stamp using the Aqua Painter; stamp image on card stock (Confetti White or Whisper White work fine, just be sure to let your image dry completely; the best choice is watercolor paper, since it is meant to soak up water more quickly); Color the coordinating outline image using one of our markers; stamp over the solid image – the beauty of watercoloring is that this does not have to be exact…but, if you want a precise fit, be sure to use your Stamp-A-Majig!

Technique #2:painting image – stamp image with Staz On or Basic Black Classic Pad (Basic Black will smear if too much water is used); color directly on the stamped image using WCW crayons; use an Aqua Painter to blend color (be sure to blend one color at a time, cleaning the AP between colors).


be careful not to use too much water or you will distort the image.

keep lots of paper towels nearby!

If using the Aqua Painter (and yes, you can use a small paintbrush as well), do not squeeze the barrel while working on your project without using a paper towel to take off some of the excess.

while coloring with the crayon, color in the SIDE of the crayon, rather than directly with the tip and rotate slightly – this will keep your crayons’ point in good shape!

Feel free to get in touch with me directly if you’d like to learn more about these awesome Water Color Wonder Crayons!


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