Hello, and welcome to another card share for the Create It 3 Ways Instagram Hop! This hop is hosted by @amritapettus, and it's held on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 3PM ET. Check it out, and if you'd like to participate, just message Amrita on Instagram!
The monthly theme is determined, and each hopper chooses one category to feature on three cards. The theme for August 2023 is sympathy, and I chose to feature Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils on all three of my cards.
I love how versatile these watercolor pencils are. They are perfect for techniques -- some of which you shouldn't even think about trying with other watercolor pencils.
Wait! Sorry, did I scare you off? It's easy; trust me!
Let's get into the cards...
Technique: Traditional Watercoloring
Despite all the unique uses of Distress Watercolor Pencils, they can be used in the traditional way, too! That's what I did for this card.
Using Versafine Onyx Black ink, I stamped two of the critters from the Simon Says Stamp Spring Birds set onto Canson 140# Watercolor Paper. I then added clear embossing powder and heat set the images.
For each bird, I added color where I wanted it to be darkest: wherever wings overlapped or where an area would be shadowed by something else. This does not need to be fancy or well done, and the birds do not need to be fully colored. These colors will easily be blended out with a waterbrush, leaving some areas shadowed and other areas highlighted.
For the blue bird:
- Salty Ocean
- Salvaged Patina
- Peeled Paint
- Speckled Egg
- Fired Brick
- Rusty Hinge
- Mustard Seed
- Speckled Egg
Technique: Watercoloring Line Images
- Color the stamp. That's right. You are coloring on the stamp. Both red rubber and clear stamps will work. You might get better results by angling the colored pencil, so you are coloring with the side rather than the pointed tip.
- Spritz the stamp with a Distress Sprayer a couple times from maybe a foot away
- Stamp the image onto watercolor paper. You'll have to experiment, but I found that letting the stamp sit on the paper for 20 seconds or so helps the color transfer.
- Repeat -- with or without drying in between layers
Technique: No Line Watercolor
- Dip the end of the watercolor pencil into a cup of water for maybe 10 seconds
- OR You can repeatedly paint the end of the pencil with a wet paintbrush.
- Either way, you'll know you're ready when the tip of the pencil gets soupy. There's just no other way to describe it.
- Then, hold the soupy pencil above your project and use a waterbrush or paintbrush to flick the soup off the end of the pencil and onto your project.
The Bottom Line?