My good friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Seitler, is back with more tricks for watercoloring. This time, for the awesome Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Here's what Nicole has to share with us:
I've never been a fan of Watercolor Pencils. I just don't have the gift for laying down the right amount of color and then blending it into a beautiful work of art. Mine always have the "scribbled" look to them (that is, if I don�t start to rub all the cardstock away first!) and that frustrates me. So, I was very excited when I first got my hands on a set of Watercolor Crayons. But sadly I discovered that I tended to use my crayons the exact same way as I did pencils. Oh, sob! What's a girl to do?
Well, a little thought came to me: What if I took my paint brush directly to the tip of my crayons and pulled off some of the color? Then, instead of scribbling, I could just apply the color from my crayons directly to my paper in just at the right spot! So I tried it... and it worked beautifully! It looks just like regular watercoloring and not like a Kindergartener's masterpiece! I've also found the crayons can be a real time saver because all 48 colors in the Stampin' Up! pallet can sit in front of me at the same time and I can change colors as quickly as I can rinse out my brush. I don't have to worry about my ink pads drying or how many colors of re-inkers I own. Best of all, a little goes a long way!
Best of all, I also discovered something about the way these crayons work that I like even better than traditional watercoloring: The crayon's "ink"can be moved around again--even after drying! It doesn't soak down deep into the paper like regular ink and water would. I discovered this when I had to run out the door one day when a friend stopped by to pick me up. I didn't find time to stamp again for another 24 hours and when I came back to finish the project I had been working on, I saw that I had been in the middle of laying down a thick line of navy blue crayon for a shadow on my flower. I picked up some water with my paintbrush in the hopes that I could fix things and found that I was able to blend the color into the rest of my flower just as if I had never stopped the day before! I was simply amazed (and grateful because now my image looked so much better!). That little ability is so helpful if you are like me and are prone to making mistakes. It's almost like having an eraser for your paint brush! And by taking some of the "What if I mess up?" pressure off, it makes water coloring so much easier and more enjoyable.
I hope you've found my tips to be helpful for your own watercoloring projects. While watercoloring is more time consuming than simply using markers, you'll find that the results are so much more stunning! It's very much worth the time and effort you put into it. Enjoy!