Saturday, August 29, 2015

Water Coloring with Glycerin Technique

The beautiful hydrangea flower is from the Host set, Best Thoughts, as seen on page 180 of the Annual Catalog or here. You can choose this set as part of your rewards for placing an order of $150 or more.  Get a few friends together to order and you will have earned this set soon.  Leave me a message for more information about how to earn this set.

The card base is 8 1/2' x 5 1/2" Pink Pirouette card stock, scored at 4 1/4"; the second layer is 3 3/4"x 5" Smoky Slate card stock.  The flower and sentiment are stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink onto water color paper.  You can also stamp with Versa Mark ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder.  The inks used to paint the flower are Old Olive for the leaves, Perfect Plum for the petals and Delightful Dijon for the stamens.

Glycerin is readily available at pharmacy department of many stores.  The bottle will last you a long time as you use just a drop or two for each color.

Get out your Perfect Plum and Old Olive ink refill bottles, your aqua painter or a small artist paint brush, a palette or small plastic lid and you are ready to go!
Thank you, Lynne Ernst, for sharing this wonderful water coloring with glycerin technique with me.Place a drop or two of Perfect Plum ink onto your palette.  Nearby add a drop of glycerin and in another area add a drop of water if using a dry paint brush.  If using an aqua painter, squeeze to moisten the brush and wipe on a paper towel until the brush is just damp.  You can always add more water, but, it is more difficult to dry a thirsty brush.  Drag a small amount of ink and glycerin together and mix.  Do not mix all of it together in the beginning so that you will have control of your color intensity and ability to glide the brush.  Test your color on a scrap.  Add more color, if desired.  If your brush feels dry and is dragging, add a tiny amount of water.  It is a bit of a trial and error science!  You will quickly feel when you need more liquid.  When in doubt as to the gliding, add more glycerin before adding more water.  Continue in this fashion for the entire painting.   
You do not need to color within all the lines here,so it goes rather quickly.  Just be careful to stay within the lines at the outer edges of the flower petals and leaves. Let the first coat of ink dry and then return with more ink to add shadows.  The glycerin slows down the drying so you may want to use a hairdryer to speed the process.  Be careful not to get it too hot or the paper will warp.  The stamp helps you determine where there should be depth by the lines within the petals and leaves.  Remember that where one petal overlaps another, the under petal will be shadowed and is a place to add more color.  If you can avoid the stamens, use Daffodil Delight ink to color them.  If you are like me and just can't keep the purple from going into the stamens, just dab a little Delightful Dijon where it should be and when it dries add Dazzling Details.  Dazzling Details also comes with a gold glitter you might like.  You can order Dazzling Details and all other products used in this card at my on-line store. 

Stamp the sentiment onto a 3/4" wide piece of card stock.  I used water color paper to match the paper used for the flower.  Use a piece long enough to cut into a flag shape, if desired.  Cut a piece of Smoky Slate card stock to fit behind your sentiment leaving a 1/8" border.  Cut one end into a flag shape.  Or use the Banner Framelits seen here. 

The ribbon is a retired piece of Perfect Plum from my stash. 

I did this same card in Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Tangerine Tango mixed with Daffodil Delight.  Choose your color and start painting!  

Thank you for dropping in today.  

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Other items you will need for this card and for many other projects you do are listed below.  Some of the items are suggestions you might want to substitute, such as the embossing powder and others.  To order any of the items, click on the item to connect with my on-line store.
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