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Julia S 08-11-2005 12:15 PM

WT21 - Everyone welcome - Ways to Use it Challenge
Sorry I'm posting this later than normal. Today has been a little crazy.

This week's Ways to Use it Challenge is to use your Aquapainter or watercolor brush. I just found my aquapainter and am looking forward to using it again. Need to clean up my desk a little more often! :)

Please remember to put WT21 in your keywords section and post a link back to this thread.

Have a great week and happy stamping,

Rachelhope13 08-11-2005 12:24 PM

Almost everything in my Gallery is Watercolored. Especially since I got my Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I LOVE them!!!
But I'll do more and post!!! Thanks for the challenges. They keep me stampin' :)

stampinamy16 08-11-2005 02:39 PM

Yeah! Any excuse to use my Twinkling H20s!

And since MA is having a tax-free weekend, I just might order those watercolor crayons - everyone seems to love em!

stampinamy16 08-11-2005 02:42 PM

One more thing - does it count if I use them to "cut" my mulberry paper? Best way to do it yet - tons of control!

kid305 08-11-2005 03:50 PM

OK, so I'm really terrible with the aqua brushes, but here is my attempt. I combined it with last weeks sketch challenge - latch card. I should have used my twinkling h2o's, but I forgot about them until I read the post before mine, they would have been great with this stamp set.


stampkat 08-11-2005 05:55 PM

Hi everyone,
Here is my card for this challenge. I absolutely love aquapainters and am so enjoying my new watercolor crayons. I think the Floral background is my favorite background ever so I was really happy to see Julia posted this challenge today so I could use all my favorites. Thanks to Julia and thanks to everyone else for looking!

sherristampsalot 08-11-2005 09:44 PM

WooHoo! Finally got a chance to do a challenge again!!!


Thanks for looking!

GarnetJ 08-11-2005 10:28 PM

What do you think?
Not too bad! I am soooo paintbrush challenged. Maybe I usually hurry too much? This time I did better. I got out an old ink set that I got at an SU party probably 8 years ago.
Please leave feedback and be honest. Do you think I did it right? I'm quite unsure of myself when it comes to this "painting" business.

newinker 08-11-2005 11:35 PM

Dang, I had brain drain on that challenge. First I could settle on a set to use, then I struggled with the layout. Phew itís done.


Julia S 08-12-2005 02:55 AM

Here is an aquapainter list of tips that I saved from someone off of an e-mail group. Thought you all might be interested in viewing it ...:)

My classes just stamped the girl in the Summer by the Sea set and she turned out really nice. Used Bliss Blue for her dress, using re-inkers in plastic top. Yoyo Yellow for hat, Pos Pink for flowers and a green for the rest of it. Midge Husting
Pearl ex- you dip the end of the aqua painter in the pearl ex and then paint the design on. To change colors you just need to wipe the end on a scrap piece of paper until it clean.

Watercolor pencils- color your image with the watercolor pencils then paint over them with the aqua painter. Wiping of the color on a scrap piece of paper in between each color. I try to go from lightest to darkest so if you don't get it all off, it may not rein your work it will blend in better with the darker color.

Hope these ideas can help you. Kim
One thing I have discovered with mine...
the smaller brush, blue lid, seems to release less water and works better in smaller areas.
the larger brush, white lid, releases a lot more water and seems to work better in larger areas like the painting of a set like summer by the sea.

hope this helps. Teresa
Here's a copy of the Aqua Painter tip sheet I give my customers. I hope this helps. Merrie
Aqua Painter Tips Basic Care & Use:
1. Choose paper that is of heavier quality, such as the Confetti or Naturals cardstocks (Ultrasmooth cardstock is ok if you don't plan to do a lot of blending).
2. Stamp with an ink that won't bleed (ie. Basic Black or Basic Brown) or emboss your image.
3. Fill the barrel with the liquid of your choice.
4. Squeeze the barrel lightly, though not so much that liquid drips from the brush tip.
5. Use the painter as you would a blender pen or standard paintbrush - practice first on scrap paper to get the feel for this handy tool. Unlike a blender pen you control the amount of liquid that mixes with your color choice. If your paper gets too wet; dry with a heat tool to stop colors from unintentionally bleeding together.
6. Between colors, clean your painter tip by running the brush across a paper towel or scrap paper until the brush runs clear.
7. Empty your Aqua Painter after each use and let the 2 pieces air dry before storing (this will prevent mold and bacteria from forming and possible damage to the tool). If you forget to clean up for a few days, fill the barrel with warm, slightly soapy water; shake a bit to clean the barrel then squeeze quite a bit of soapy water though the reservoir and out till the brush is clean. Rinse with clean water to remove soap and air dry.

Try these liquids in your Aqua Painter:
1. Water is great for blending and creating a soft watercolored look.
a. Pick-up ink pad color, reinkers or even marker colored on a palette to watercolor a stamped or embossed image.
b. Use to blend watercolor pencils within a stamped image.
c. Don't use directly with chalks - use a sponge to pick up some chalk and rub on scrap paper - use the painter to pick-up this "scrap" chalk.
2. Liquid Bleach is great for bleaching out areas of your embossed image. When the image is bleached out as desired use a heat tool to dry the cardstock and stop the bleach processing. Then use markers or pastels to color your image. Try this with darker cardstocks.
3. Future Floor Wax acts as a binding agent when using Pearl Ex - simply fill the reservoir with the FFW and dip the Aqua Painter in your Pearl Ex and color your embossed image as desired. This technique is particularly gorgeous on black cardstock.
Other uses:
1. Use a water filled Aqua Painter to dampen cardstock prior to distressing.
2. Reach for your water filled Aqua Painter to seal envelopes.
Use them just like you would the blender pen... except when these run out you just refill them with water!!! I love mine. I use them at every workshop now. They are great with watercolor pencils (you use after you color with the pencils to give that more wishy-washy look to coloring) and I also Love, love, love them with the ink pad lids... shows customers how to get more "mileage" out of the colored ink pads... and they like it! You can use with refills if you are doing a lot of coloring (like for a swap) or if you want really intense colors, but for 'regular' use, I have found that if you just layer the color again from the lid ink- it does get darker & is just fine. I haven't yet tried with chalks.
sometimes is helpful to just "paint" a layer of water on the area if you want to really blend from dark to light, then just add the color slowly to your 'dark' end... helps to eliminate a line where you would shift down the tone to lighten.
Also is very nice for adding just a little color in the background spaces to lessen the "white" around your stamped image.
Definately take them out & color with them 1st before regionals or convention, just so you get an idea of how much to squeeze (or rather how much to not squeeze) too much water squeezed down to the tip will make your color very light... not enough and it doesn't really "paint"... something you have to see when you have the painter in your hand (just like our customers!) LOL I love using it with the "In Full Bloom" set.
Enjoy them! -Susan Ruel
I am expecially fond of putting bleach in the pen and lifting color from the paper. It has wowed guests at parties where I have shown this technique. Carol Walberg

Pinky 08-12-2005 05:27 AM

I just posted a card last night where I used my aqua painters and had not read the challenge for Thursday so here it is:


Such a cute little set... :)

JusColorado 08-12-2005 06:01 AM

Here's a card I did last night using my new On Gossamer Wings set. It was my first try with this set. I'm anxious to see what else I can come up with. Thanks for this challenge, Julia!


Julia S 08-12-2005 06:24 AM

Wow! I finally after two weeks am doing the WT challenge...

Here's my card using the aquabrush for the image and the background....



Michelerey 08-12-2005 06:48 AM

This is an easy challenge for me! I love my AquaPainters and use them all the time. I'm sure I'll use them even more when I finally break down and buy the cool Watercolor Crayons. Here's one I did last night:


Julia S 08-12-2005 08:42 AM

Another card I made for this challenge...


no longer pending....

tashers 08-12-2005 12:55 PM

I use my aquabrush all the time, but I love participating in challenges. So here are two cards I did today using the brush.



GarnetJ 08-12-2005 03:30 PM

Julia... Love the striped paper with the beach chair.

Tashers... The Hawaian designs are great with those bright colors!

laurakj 08-12-2005 08:41 PM

Here's mine :) I love watercoloring!

Pumpkin card


newinker 08-12-2005 10:26 PM

I had so much fun coloring I wanted to do another. I love my new Daisy stamp set.


Leah H 08-13-2005 07:02 AM

I love using my paintbrush for coloring images; markers are usually too intense.

Here's my non-SU entry.

Peglar 08-13-2005 07:17 AM

Finally got the time to get mine done. I just love this technique.


kittie747 08-13-2005 07:38 AM

I finally got to do my watercolor challenge. I don't feel this is my forte but would love to improve. I appreciate the challenges for making me go the extra mile to try a skill that I don't excel at. Here ya go!


Rox71 08-13-2005 07:46 PM

I got my first card for this challenge done. I use the aqua painter often with my watercolor crayons; I've had those for about three years and was happy to see SU put them in their line.
Here's my card

Julia S 08-14-2005 05:42 AM


Originally Posted by stampinamy16
One more thing - does it count if I use them to "cut" my mulberry paper? Best way to do it yet - tons of control!

Absolutely! It's an awesome tip and I was going to do the same thing! Not enough time around here. :) That is just what the challenge is about.


Julia S 08-16-2005 01:03 PM

Two more aquabrushed cards combined with the color challenge...



ruby-heartedmom 03-06-2006 02:22 PM

This isn't anything special, just used blender pen refill in my aquapainter with markers. I DO like my aquapainter, now that I have started using it.


mhdonahue 03-08-2007 03:41 PM

Here is me playing catch up!


Crafty Julia 10-10-2011 09:58 AM

WT21 Flowers and Frogs by Crafty Julia
For this challenge, I really wanted to stamp frogs today, so I used 2 stamps from Rubber Stampede- Poison Dart Frog (the larger frogs here) and Sunflower Mosaic for the bigger sunflower, paired with Inkadinkado's Fall Decor Inchie bundle for the smaller orange sunflower. I love the aquapainters, (WT21 challenge), so I applied some water to the stamped colored images to soften the lines. The smaller frog is an unmarked one from the thrift store. For my shapes, I punched some tags for the 2 larger frogs, and used the tag maker to create borders for the card.I thought some butterflies and such would liven up the scene, so I used my Creative Memories mini punches, and lots of green ribbon remnants under my green flower brad.

WT21 Flowers and Frogs by Crafty Julia - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

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