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Step-by-step video : Watercolor background with stencil by Valérie Ouellet

Layout with Watercolor Pencils ... Claribou's first official victim

Greetings, partners in crime ! As a new member of the Guest DT, I have the pleasure to reveal my first victim.

CrayonsSince the featured product for this week is Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, I've decided to go wild and commit a page using this very efficient and yet fun supply. 

As you may know, serial scrapbookers do have their own little rituals and weapons of choice. Mine is Gelatos® Colors. I’ve used this product many times and feel comfortable with the many ways to play with it. 

So the watercolor pencils were new territory for me.  I must admit I was a little sceptical at first. How could it possibly be so different from Gelatos® Colors ? I couldn’t be more wrong. I absolutely L-O-V-E-D playing with the color blending. So fun and versatile. 

My favorite part : the watercolor pigments dissolve completely. I mean completely. No incriminating evidence left behind.

It was a delight. Beware, pages … I will use this new weapon anytime now.

Anyhow. Enough with the product. I’m obviously convinced. I’m pretty sure you will be too. Let’s get to the project. Here is how it went.


Step 1 - Unlike my usual project using  Gelatos® Colors, I didn’t need to cover my page with Gesso. Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils should be used on a « blank » watercolor page, for best results.

Step 2 - I used stamps anywhere I would add color later on. Make sure to use permanent ink … you do not want your black ink to blend into your beautiful watercolors.

Step 3 - Time for coloring. Art GRIP® Aquarelle WatercolPencils are soooooo easy to use : just scrawl some random childish foolish scribble around your stamping. One color at a time. You don’t need to overlap the colors. They just need to be close to each other … ready to commit some serious collateral damage. I used a three color palette in the following tone : fuchsia, orange and yellow. 

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Step 4 - Then you need to activate the colors with some water and a paintbrush. You start with the darker colors and you make your way to the lighter colors. The more water you add, the lighter the colors will get. It allows you to create a fading effect. 

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Step 5 - Finally, you just go ahead with your regular embellishment procedure. And here’s the final result with some close-ups. 


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Weapons (supply list) from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® :

For those who are not afraid of some live action, here’s a video of the whole procedure. Take a deep breath. Here we go …

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It was a real pleasure to commit this page for you guys. I’ll keep you posted as soon as my next victim is available for public reveal. 


Criminologist by day, serial scrapbooker by night ... I follow no pattern in selecting my paper victims : white, turquoise, lime green, dark pink... My only concern is to achieve the ultimate challenge : commit the perfect page, over and over again.


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Valérie Ouellet

Absolutely beautiful!


Simply stunning! You're very talented!! Love the layout!


great layout, love it. TFS

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