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Old 10-19-2012, 04:21 AM   #1
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I love love LOVE the watercolor look on cards, and I do have loads of materials to achieve that (Derwent Inktense, wc markers, subtle colored wc pencils) but it looks horrible everytime I use them.

I use watercolorpaper, aquapainter or blending pen. But these are my problems:

1. Picking up color from a sheet and color will leave stains. Guess of to much moist?
2. Less water will leave streaks which won't blend anymore.
3. Coloring with wc pencil on paper will leave pigment residue I think looks horrible.
4. Marker on paper won't blend that good.
5. Using blending pen will make my paper pill.

I just can't seem to get smooth washes with them.

If you look at the coloring here: Episode #3 Secretive Tilda Water Coloring: Clothes - YouTube it looks so gorgeous without all the problem fuzz LOL

So any good tips are very much appreciated!!

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I always use Stampin' UP! Watercolour Crayons and my aqua painter.

I find that if I pick up the colour from the crayon with my aqua painter (rather than colouring directly on the image), I don't get streaks and I can better control the amount of colour I'm applying.

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See that's just drop dead gorgeous!

If I pick up from the pencil my first streak is rather dark, and I can go over with the aquapainter but you'll still see that first streak.

I've attached one of my own stamp. It's stained and really looks awful and I'm actually embarrassed to even show you
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I think you did a GREAT job!! The shadows are all in the right place, even!!

I don't use pencil, only crayons and ONLY the ones from Stampin' UP! (I'm a demonstrator) and I get great results EVERY time.

I teach a hands on watercolour class and usually people come away from it saying they didn't know they could do that.

You could try rubbing that first streak on scrap to get rid of that darkness.

I think maybe with a bit more blending, your image would be just PERFECT!
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I think you did a great job too. I really loved the shading.

I always practice on a scrap of the same paper type I am using for my project until I get the right color formula. I have found that paper reacts differently every time you color even if it's the same brand, same type. Weather conditions are the biggest culprit to paper behavior.

I do use aquapainters but not for watercoloring. I prefer traditional brushes. I feel like I have better control. I have friends who prefer the aquapainters for better control. I think it's one of those tools that feels right to the artist. If that makes any sense. Have you tried brushes?

Blender pens- I don't really use them for traditional watercoloring.

There is a great thread that several of us watercolorists have posted at- Water color chatter. Lots of tips and tricks.

Dini is amazing with her aquapainter. She has posted on the above thread too. Hope that helps.
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thnx DeeAnn!

I have the regular brushes but I find the bristles are to long to really have control over them, that's why I like the detailer waterbrush.
I've read the whole watercolor thread too =)

Dini made a great video using the Inktense which helped me a lot already!
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I actually like the look of your watercolouring style.

I can get that you might want to learn the techniques of colouring like someone else because you like their look and style. But don't dismiss your own style you have. I just went and had a look at your gallery and especially your Inktense ones and I think they are lovely. Your colouring, in my eyes, is not a poor example of how to watercolour. It's very good I think. Keep it up.
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Theresa thank you so much for your post =)

You're so right, that I have to find my own style of coloring. I'm such a perfectionist that everything I do isn't good enough, and looks horrible in my eyes LOL
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I knew there was a reason my ears were ringing..........

Hey sweetie! I still keep thinking it is an issue with your paper and not YOU - wish we could go shopping together to find something that would work for you. I would be totally into that today! Are you able to get or order heavier weight watercolor paper (more than 220 gsm)? I have some lower-quality watercolor paper that acts just like you're describing - the water or ink soaks in too quickly and the color doesn't move.
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Hi dear!

I have 240 gsm paper but that's to toothy and it really soaks in very quick. The best paper so far is Daler & Rowney 220 gsm heavy weight cartridge paper. It's very smooth. I also have 220 gsm of Schoellershammer watercolor paper, which has a texture I don't really like.

I can remember you use Neenah? I can't get that here =(
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Thanks Dina for stepping in with your technical know-how. You can obviously read between the lines, while I just see with my eyes, lol.
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Ok I took a deep breath. Did some loose drawing, picked up my inktense and waterbrush...and here's the result....pretty happy with it actually.
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See, that's fine! If you wait for it to dry completely, you can add more shading and layers of color. I'm not especially good at the waiting part!
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I'm not really comfortable yet doing the shading part. I think I'll overexagerate it lol...Gosh is that even a word?
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Ok I took a deep breath. Did some loose drawing, picked up my inktense and waterbrush...and here's the result....pretty happy with it actually.
Your flower is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the shading. The colors were amazing and so was the blending.
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You did a beautiful job! Don't sell yourself short. I too am a perfectionist but I do also let myself have fun. I figure it's not perfect but it's art. What is perfect art? Is there such a thing? Enjoy yourself and remember you are doing this for fun!
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I'm going to throw a monkey wrench into this conversation. If you like the look of water colors but you don't lie the way your paper pills (or you don't like the texture of water color paper,) have you tried colored pencils (regular waxy ones, not water color ones) with Gamsol or other odorless mineral spirits? They give a very similar look, but since you're not loading the paper with water, you can do it on regular smooth card stock without the pilling.
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ok i'm sorry i hate to break into someone original post, but do you have to use water coloring paper when you use the aqua painter or blender pens...will card stock not work? thanks so much!
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Watercolor paper is made to take a little more abuse from a brush, and to hold water better than a regular cardstock can. If you're using a pretty heavy cardstock (110# or more) and not planning to do a lot of blending, you can get away with water blending. You can use a blender pen on regular smooth cardstock if you're not planning to do a lot of blending in any one place. Scrubby blending will cause your cardstock to pill.
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thanks so much for the info!!!
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