Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #561 March 29th 2017
Watercolor Marble  
New guest tutorial author Taheerah Atchia shares how to use a wet-into-wet watercolor technique to create a stunning marble effect.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Watercolor paper
  • Inks or watercolors
  • Variety of brushes
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: ctychick wants to know: "If you had to choose between ink pads and markers for watercoloring, which would you keep and why?"
    A: I prefer ink pads over markers for watercoloring with ink, in general. When I watercolor I find it easier to work from a palette rather than coloring and blending directly on the paper The ink pads are easy to tap onto an acrylic block for a quick palette. Blending with a regular paintbrush or waterbrush is often more effective than trying to blend ink out from a colored area - not all watercolor papers are equal, and some will hold the ink instead of allowing it to move and blend. Ink pads are also easier to apply to a craft sheet for Wrinkle-Free Distress backgrounds. These techniques are a great way to stretch the use of your ink pads, beyond traditional stamping. Markers can be great for 'direct to rubber' coloring where more than one color is needed, so that is one thing to consider. I prefer the 'real brush' markers to felt markers, which can tend to fray or smell over time.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Lynda shares another idea for the Matchbook Post-It™ Note Holder tutorial: "Here's a new use for these pad holders...bridge tallies. On the inside cover, adhere a bridge tally (2 or 3 table). Keep your score on the post-it pad, and when done with the game, simply tear it off to reveal a clean sheet for the next game. What a money saver! A pack of bridge tallies cost $4.50 each at Hallmark...this way you can play 100 games for $4.50 and simply replace pad when you run out."

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