Tip: • Stamp images with bleedproof ink to avoid smearing. • Distress Inks are specifically designed to react with water, making them the perfect watercolor “medium”. • An acrylic block can serve as a temporary paint palette for this method of watercolor. • A waterbrush holds water within the barrel/handle, making a water cup unnecessary; avoids accidental spills, too! •Rub the waterbrush against paper towel to clean when switching colors.
Suggested Materials: CL616 Life is Fun, S5601 Large Newspaper Background, AF120 Artprint Brown, AF144 Soft Sand, AF193 Crushed Olive Distress, Distress, AF162 Scattered Straw Distress, AF160 Broken China Distress, Worn Lipstick Distress, Spiced Marmalade Distress, PS626 Bright White Watercolor Paper, PS606 Powder Layering Paper, PS683 Paper Cottage 6x6 Paper Pad, CH264 Designer Twine, 3D Foam Adhesive, 1/8”, ¾” and 1” Circle Punches, Sponge Dauber
Video: Good Friends By Julie Ebersole
Julie Ebersole demonstrates a quick and easy method of watercolor with water-based Distress ink pads.
Watch the video below for a complete how-to. (Click the fullscreen button in the lower right to see it larger.)
Here's a recap of the instructions:
Stamp images with Artprint Brown ink onto quarter sheet of watercolor paper.
Watercolor images; trim off sides as shown.
Make a top-folding A-2 (4 ¼ x 5 ½”) from Powder Layering Paper; mount a ¾ x 5 ½” strip of patterned paper to card front about ¼” from the left edge.
Punch partial 1” circle from lower right side of watercolored panel, then 3D mount to card front as shown.
Stamp Newspaper Background with Artprint Brown ink onto scrap of watercolor paper; use punches to create button.
Sponge edges of paper button to distress/age and thread with twine.
3D mount button to card front and tie twine into bow.