Monday, October 15, 2012

Watercoloring with Pigment Inks

    A little while ago I received several of the Pigment ink cubes from Tsukinenko and was given the task of creating several pieces of art with them for the magazine Scrapbook News and Review.
I wanted to go above and beyond just stamping with them and came up with this.
Using the inks as watercolor paints on a canvas sheet.

  First I cut a piece of canvas down to 12x12 inches and taking Solvent ink and my large stamp;
  I stamped three large flowers in the upper left corner and bottom right. I used the solvent ink because I would be adding water and needed a base that wasn't going to run.
  I began adding color using a Fantastix coloring tool. Dipping it into water and touching it to my ink pad. By regulating how much water I added I could vary the color and shade.
  Continuing on to color all my flowers...
  Then adding highlights with a brighter color, and filling in my center with yellow. All using the fantastix tool and water to turn my Pigment inks into a sort of faux watercolor. I dragged some color past the edges of my stamped image to create more of the painted look.
  The leaves were colored in the same way.
   I added some textured Goosebumps mist to my centers for some sparkle.
  This is the finished layout. I used more watered down ink to create a frame around my photo. The stencil is from Crafter's Workshop and I just used a Sharpie to trace it.
Machine stitching around the border to make sure my edges don't fray and to attach a touch of lace.
  I love how this came out. It looks like I spent hours painting when in fact it came together really quick. By adding just a touch of water to the inks you can create some really cool watercolored looks.

This layout and tutorial was featured in  Scrapbook News and Review.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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