One of my favorite products from the 2017 Occasions Catalog are the Watercolor Pencils. The set contains thirteen pencils in the Stampin’ Up! Colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White. For a new stamper, they are very cost effective — 13 colors for $16.00, about a $1 each as opposed to cost of an ink pad or ink refill.
The pencils can be used as a regular pencil (dry), or used with Blender Pens and AquaPainters to create a soft watercolor effect. You can even blend with your Wink of Stella to create a little shimmer. The pencils come in a cardboard box, and fit nicely in an empty stamp case.
SU Watercolor Paper is recommended; however with a light application of water, Shimmery White cardstock and Whisper White thick cardstock work well, too. You can also use regular Whisper White or Very Vanilla, but please recognize that too much water can break down the paper fibers and make the paper surface pilly.
Here are a few tips when using the watercolor pencils:
- Stamp image using a waterproof ink such as Basic Black Archival, Basic Gray Archival or StazOn. Allow the ink of the stamped image to completely dry before adding water. For best results, heat set the ink with your heat gun.
- Next, color your image with the pencils. For best results use the side of the pencil rather than the pencil point, and use a light touch to build darker layers of color. The harder you press down on the pencil, the more pigment that will be applied to the paper and the darker the color. To add shading, apply more color with a heavier hand, or add a bit of Basic Gray or Basic Black over top of the color.
- After coloring your image, use a blender pen or AquaPainter to blend the colors.
- The blender pen will release just the right amount of liquid to blend the color pigment that is already on the paper.
- When using the AquaPainter, you want to “paint” with a very small amount of water, just enough to release the pigment. Less is more, and you want to avoid over-saturating the paper. If you squeeze the barrel and releasing too much water, just use a paper towel to blot up the excess.
- Allow the colored image to dry completely before applying another layer of color – if you need to make images a little darker.
- Allow to dry naturally or dry with your heat tool. If the watercolor paper feels cool to the touch, then there is still water in your paper.
- After completing your watercolor image, touch up the stamped image with a fine tip black pen or use your stamp-a-ma-jig to re-stamp the image. This extra step will make a big difference in the overall project!
- Add some highlights using a white gel pen, if desired.
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Until next time, happy crafting!