Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #545 November 30th 2016
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Coloring Book Creations  
Guest tutorial author Kyra Sanders has some fun ideas for using coloring pages outside the book.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Coloring book or sheets
  • Compatible coloring medium
  • Foam tape
  • Scanner and printer
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Amanda asks: "How do I make a trendy watercolor background with the irregular wash look? I have tried over and over again with different colors, papers and techniques, but they always come out muddy or the paper warps."
    A: I like using a larger brush for backgrounds - for this type of wash my favorite is a #18 round wash. Brush water to create the shape you want, and then drop color into one area at a time. The water on the paper will move the pigment and blend different color areas together. If your paper is warping, you might try taping the edges to your work surface or using a heavier weight paper (140 lb/ 300 gsm or more). if your colors are muddying, you might have too much water or be overworking the color. It's always best to experiment and practice until you find what works.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Maus has a tip for the Corner Bookmark tutorial: "Recycle! All you need is the corner of a used envelope, decorate (as flat as possible) and done! When you cut the corner of the envelope use decorative scissors and punch holes for a decorative look."

    Tutorials You May Have Missed
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    No special supplies are needed for next week's tutorial.
    The NEW Prizm Die Cutting & Embossing Machine was designed with your creativity in mind.
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    This Week's Hot Topics
    Craft spaces
    Talk about tables
    Community love
    Post a holiday card for SCS
    Stamp artwork
    Who to credit when licensing changes hands
    Card donations
    Where to send Christmas cards
    Then and now
    Do you combine old and new photos on a layout?
    November 23 to November 29
    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
    Let's do the twist.
    Christmas foliage.
    Try this color combination: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Real Red.
    Tickle a Teapotter.
    Coffee and pie.
    Journal art.
    Check out Precious Kitty's gallery, then upload a creation inspired by your work.
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