Watercolors

20 Minute Watercolor Cards

Hi Gang, Diana Trout here today with the 20 Minute Watercolor Kit and my Reverse Stencil technique to use them. It's a beginner friendly technique that anyone will enjoy. 

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The new 20 Minute Watercolor Kit has all of the supplies that you need to make these cards. 

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Stencils
Watercolor Paints
A Watercolor Brush
3 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils
An XS Faber Castell Pitt Pen
Paper

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Lettering takes some practice but here is a technique I call Faux Letter that helps you fake it.

Use a T Square ruler to draw a straight, light pencil line where you want your sentiment. Use your own handwriting! Just keep the pencil line light and spread the letters out a little. Go over the pencil lines until you are happy with the letters. I used the T Square for the ascenders (the upper loops on the "h" and "k" ) to make sure they are at the same height. 

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After you're happy with the lettering, ink it in with the XS Pitt pen included in the Kit. Thicken the lines of the writing where your stroke would be a down stroke. Make sure the ink is completely dry before gently erasing your pencil lines. You can do this after your watercoloring just make sure that you have left enough space on your watercolored page for the sentiment.

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Spray your watercolors down well and let them sit for a few minutes to get juicy. We're going to do some Blob Painting with the watercolors. Wet your paintbrush and pick up some juicy paint. Add a Blob to the paper and spread it out gently. I looked at the approximate size of the stencil flowers shapes and tried to keep them about that size. Don't sweat it. 

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Move around your paper and add color here and there, avoiding the area where your sentiment will go. You can drop more wet color into your wet areas on the paper and watch it spread. 
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Tips: Don't scrub the paper or add too much water. Let your paper dry completely before the last step. 

Once your paper is completely dry, decide where you want to place the flower stencils. Lay down the stencil and trace around with the XS Pitt pen. Move around until you have a pleasing composition. You can add to the flowers by doodling and filling in some areas with black. Just have fun with it. 

You could use a sentiment stamp on this card too if you don't want to letter.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See more of my art & tutorials on my Blog and YouTube channel


Word Art with Modern Calligraphy Kit

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Happy New Year everyone! Mou here today with a word art tutorial using the new Modern Calligraphy Kit from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.

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The Modern Calligraphy Kit comes with

  • 4 tubes of Watercolor Paint - Red Violet, Yellow Gold, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue
  • 3 PITT Artist pens - Black Soft Brush Nib, Black Brush Nib, Black 1.5 Bullet Nib
  • 1 Graphite Pencil
  • 1 Mini Waterbrush
  • Practice Pad
  • Envelope Template
  • Curves Template
  • Ruler
  • Design Guide

In addition to the kit, I used watercolor paper, table salt, eraser, Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup and Silicone Tray/ palette.


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Start by trimming watercolor paper to chosen size. I trimmed mine to 9 x 6 inches.

Squeeze out little dabs of Red Violet, Yellow Gold, and Cobalt Blue Watercolor paints on the silicone tray. Dilute paints with mini waterbrush and apply a wash on the watercolor paper. Let the colors blend naturally.

While the wash is still wet, sprinkle a little bit of table salt on the paper and let it sit till the wash dries. You'll notice that the paint will start to react with the salt creating interesting effects. I do not recommend using a heat tool for this step to keep the salt crystals from melting into the paper. Let it air dry and then gently shake off all the salt from the paper.


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Use the curve from the kit to draw a wavy line. My word art centers around the lyrics from a song by Boy and I felt this was appropriate because we all make resolutions and fresh starts when a year begins. Choose your favorite quote to create your own word art.

In the lyrics I chose, the word 'beginning' came at about the middle and was the most important word for me. So, that's the word I wrote first, lightly with the graphite pencil from the kit.


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I wrote the remaining words above and below 'beginning', also with pencil, rotating the curve as I felt fitted best.

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Go over the pencil work with the B nib PITT pen. The ink dries almost instantly. Once dry, you can erase any pencil lines.

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Use the brush pen to thicken some of the lines. Refer to the design guide for helpful tips on stylizing your letters. Remember, no matter where you start, your lettering skills will improve with practice.

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After you letter your quote, if you have some space left on your paper, you could add some decorative touches of your own. I painted some vines around mine with the watercolor paints and a brush. I used the curve as my guide for placing the vines. Just make sure that the focus of your art remains on the words and does not get overpowered by the decorative elements around it.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will venture into creating your own word art using the Modern Calligraphy Kit!
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Watercolor with Gelatos

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I recently got to create some greeting cards with the Watercolor With Gelatos set and had such a great time making greeting cards!

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This is what comes in the set. It's everything you need to get started.

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I started by cutting out a flower shape to use as a template. using my Essential Pitt Artist Pens, I traced the shape onto card stock.

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Next, I doodle in my flower petals and other details.

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I used different sized Pitt Pens to complete my doodled blooms.

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To add some color, I rubbed the Gelatos onto the silicone tray that's included and used my Deluxe Water brush to paint my flowers, slowly building layers of color.

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I did similar but different designs for 2 greeting cards.

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On my third piece of card stock I stamped a background pattern and used my Watercolor Gelatos set to add color.

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Using a combination of stamping and doodling I created a design that was a bit different than my first two cards, but still cohesive.

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After giving everything a bit of time to dry, I trimmed each piece of card stock down to size and adhered each to a blank, white greeting card. It's always nice to be able to include a handcrafted hello with a gift to a friend.

xo, Belen

 

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