Gypsy Girl

Hello everyone, Swarup here with a mixed media project using Splash Inks, Watercolors and Permawriter.

It’s a picture heavy post..so sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy!

 

Supplies:

 Splash inks

Permawriter

watercolors

Unity Stamps- Windows to the soul

watercolor paper 140#cold press

Stamp the image using waterbased ink.

Color using Splash Inks.

Doodle using Permawriter-black.

a closer look ….

Hope you liked it!

Thanks so much for stopping by !

Watercoloring Stamped Images

Hello everyone,

I have a video showing you how I watercolor a stamped image. It’s one of my favorite ways of coloring an image and I  love how it ends up looking like a painting!

 

Supplies-

Authentic Chinese watercolors,

Black ink

Watercolor paper-140# cold press

Niji Waterbrush

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the video…thanks so much for stopping by!

I do have a giveaway on my blog ,do stop by if you would like to win a Niji Waterbrush!

 

Swarup.

 

Video-Pouring inks

Today, I have a  technique video showing you one of my favorite ways of using Splash Inks by Yasutomo Niji. These inks are so versatile and almost glow when they dry!

A while back, I had done a stepped out tutorial using the same technique, but today I thought of sharing a video so it would be easier to follow.

 

Here is the supply list..

Watercolor paper-140# cold Pressed,

Niji Splash Inks,

Masking Fluid,

Stamps-Cleasly Besotted-Happy everything,PTI-Inside and out -Thank You

Masking tape, Spray Mister, Tissues

 

Here is the video..

 

A close up…

Hope you enjoyed the video..thanks so much for stopping by

Splash A Landscape

I have been playing with my Splash Inks again !
.  ……and have a landscape to prove it!

Today’s project is a perfect example of ‘letting the paints/inks do their job’ motto of mine. Over the years I have realized that the less I fiddle with the paints, the fresher and purer the results are . I feel  the final piece definitely looks much brighter this way. When I keep going back with a brush, trying to adjust the values, there is a always a chance that the final piece might end up being muddy and overworked.

So, today, I revisited that motto and just let the colors be!

Here is a list of supplies..

Splash Inks

Niji Waterbrsuh flat

Watercolor paper-140# cold press,

Sentiment stamp-CAS-ual Fridays-Breathe

Dampen the paper and apply the color directly from the bottle.

Start layering colors and keep spraying water to help them mix and blend. I worked wet in wet… did not let the colors dry before layering more.

There will come a point when you start seeing shapes or a picture come to life. I stop at that point and then with the help of a brush, start adding the finer details to complete the picture. In this case, I have added the black silhouette tress and foreground and also lifted some color with a wet brush and tissue to achieve some highlights.

Finally stamp the sentiment and done!

The best part of this technique is that you don’t have a plan nor a sketch or a definite idea of how it will turn out. With not much control, the final piece is often an interesting surprise! It helps to  loosen up  and break free. I love doing something like this when I am stuck for ideas or when I just want to experiment with color mixes or techniques.

I hope you will give this one a try!

Swarup.

Letterpress Stationary

I love the look of letterpress, it always takes ordinary stationary to the next level …. add a touch of gold and you have something you might find at a high end boutique!

These are so easy to make at home and I guess I should warn you …these are addictive,..once you start..hard to stop.. almost like chocolates!

Here is what you will need to make these notecards….

Supplies..

Letterpress paper/Watercolor paper,

L Letterpress kit or any embossing folder and a die cutting machine. (I used the L Letterpress platform with my Big Shot machine)

Niji chinese watercolors,

Pale gold Sumi-e-watercolor

Niji Waterbrush
I started by letterpressing the sentiment ‘Thank you’,

Using a damp brush, draw a flower and drop in the colors and let them blend and dry

Wet the rest of the areas and drop in the greens.

With the help of a ruler, I drew the gold border . This paint is very creamy and opaque and lays down extremely well. In fact the shine is lovely too, but I could not capture that well enough!

Here are the other two colors in the set…

If  you do not have letterpress kit, then you could use your regular embossing folder to deboss an image of your choice and go from there. The success of this technique depends largely on your choice of paper, so use 100% cotton if possible. Also use a gold paint which is truly opaque since that is the highlight of this project.

I always have a set of these notecards on hand, especially thank you notes and I hope you will give them a try too….

Thanks for stopping by today!

Swarup.