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MonicaPA 01-18-2013 05:03 PM

Coloring with Watercolor instead of copics?
Hi guys,
I was wondering if is Okay to color stamps on watercolor paper with artists watercolor paints? I have a lot of artist grade paints, so I was thinking about it.

Is this a technique that I could use? Is there any disadvantage to use this in cards?


weims 01-18-2013 08:24 PM

I think that's a lovely idea. I'm sure they'll be gorgeous. I love watercolor. There are still a lot of people who don't use copics or other markers. People use all sorts of media for coloring. Be sure to post so we can ooh and ah, though.

Cook22 01-19-2013 02:42 AM

I more usually use distress inks, but certainly I use my Winsor & Newtwon AWC paints and Twinkling H2Os. It most certainly is a technique you can use!! I still have some watercoloured cards from my dad from 30 years ago and more. You will, ovbiously, get the best results stamping on watercolour paper. Try and find one with a fairly smooth finish or it will be hard to get a good impression from the stamp. Up till recently I was using a W&N AWC cold press, but I found some Rowney Hot Press at a good price and it's certainly a smoother finish. But less detailed stamps give a good impression on the cold press, and there are times I like the rougher finish.
I used watercolours for this just a couple of weeks ago: ODBDSLC137 Surging Sea by Cook22 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
And here's one by Marie-alice which has been in my favourites for years: Ladybug Lou-la-Bella by ladybug91743 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

You can also use them to make wash backgrounds - great look: Splitcoaststampers - Watercolor Wash Technique Tutorial by Beate Johns
Combine that with heat-embossing for a resist look (and some metallic pens like leafing pens also work as resist, as in this card:
ODBDSLC17 Summer Colours by Cook22 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers).

warratahstree 01-19-2013 02:54 AM

I have used watercolurs on watercolour paper. When I stamp the image to 'paint' I use permanent inks to stamp the image first. If you use water based stamped images, the image smudges.

Misstreez 01-19-2013 02:55 AM

Monica, you can use whatever your heart desires. :) You'll find that many of us do. Some combinations of paper, ink and colouring medium do work better than others for a pleasing result. You've identified water colour paper and watercolour paints as your two choises you'd like to work with. Now you need to find out which would be the best ink to stamp your image. Someone will be able to chime in with some suggestions I'm sure.

lylacfey 01-19-2013 04:52 AM

I love to watercolor. It's my favorite coloring technique next to color pencils. I use a variety of watercolors including artist grade. I like Copics but I hardly ever use them to color my stamp images.

This is a really great thread with lots of watercolor techniques- http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...r-t545081.html

Cook- Beautiful creations!

dini 01-19-2013 04:53 AM


Originally Posted by MonicaPA (Post 19950308)
Hi guys,
I was wondering if is Okay to color stamps on watercolor paper with artists watercolor paints? I have a lot of artist grade paints, so I was thinking about it.

Is this a technique that I could use? Is there any disadvantage to use this in cards?


There are no rules! Do what you love. :) I love to watercolor, and I use artist watercolor paints frequently. For stamped images, you may prefer a paper that's less textured, so you get a clear impression, and use ink that won't run with water. I prefer Versafine, but sometimes reach for Memento depending on my mood.

gr8cards 01-22-2013 07:42 PM

I love to watercolor images and I love the look of water color paper layered on my cards. I use it often on wedding cards and they are beautiful! I am sure yours will be gorgeous as well. Copics are nice, but there's nothing like the "real thing" in my opinion. Have fun!!

MonicaPA 01-22-2013 08:05 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. I don't know why for some reason I was thinking copics where the standard for cards... I would love to get those amazing copics, but oh boy, are they expensive! I can't afford those right now, and knowing me, I would probably need a loooooot of colors...I have a few acrylic paints, Schmincke gold metallic powder, watercolor iridescent medium and a lot of tubes of watercolor 5ml and 15ml that I've been collecting and I haven't been using as much as I should...
I just bought the versafine stamping ink..I think this one is pigment based, so hopefully it won't smudge with water.
I have hot press paper, so I guess I will be experimenting a lot!

Cook22 01-22-2013 11:29 PM

Versafine won't smudge - it's my go-to black ink, and I use almost entirely wet media.
If you look back at early uploads here, Copics simply weren't around!! People used pencils of various types, and water-based markers (not to mention paints) way before the alcohol-based ones became the trend. But they became so popular that I can understand you thinking they were the "standard" ;-). Have fun playing.
Acrylics - there are a few fun techniques in Resources. I like the resist emboss one:
Acrylic Distress
and this one is also fun :Acrylic Smash - it's great for masculine cards.
I've only tried this one a couple of times - but checking the links in Resources reminds me I should try it again, it looked great: Splitcoaststampers - Acrylic Resist

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