Friday, May 15, 2015

TJ Inkspirations - Spring Flowers

TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
In This Issue
Friday Chat with Pat
Back to Black

It happens to all of us. You stamp an image and it just isn't dark enough. Maybe your ink pad isnot juicy enough, or maybe you are stamping on a textured surface. It happened to me when I was stamping of watercolor paper this week:
Fear not! There is an easy solution for this. Simply use a black permanent marker to fill in the spaces:
When the image is colored, It looks perfect! 
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Coming Next Week...
Perfection in Painting
featuring a video by
Sally Lynn MacDonald.

I don't know about you, but it's wonderful to be in the midst of spring, with so many beautiful flowers in bloom. Today we are celebrating the beauty of flowers.

To help celebrate, all flowers are 15% off this week! Simply use the coupon code flowers15 at checkout to receive your discount off of all the flowers in your basket. All the flowers in the store may be found HERE.
Fabulous Flowers
The image above was made by coloring the Big Poppies Stamp with Peerless Watercolors. Instead of coloring with small strokes, it was colored with large swatches of color.

First, stamp the image on watercolor paper with a permanent ink (i.e. StazON), and spray the paper with water.

Next, pick up some color from a dry Peerless Watercolor sheet with an aqua painter. Apply the color in to the wet paper, allowing the color to spread and move. 

Clean off the brush on a paper towel.

 Finally, pick  up a different color with the brush and spread it around the first color.  Apply more color to other areas of the stamp and finish as desired.

As a side note, I could not find an appropriate color of paper in my stash  for the background to set off the image the way I wanted. I did have the perfect color of Dylusions Spray, though, so I added that to a piece of watercolor and dried it.  I am in love with how it turned out!

Here are some additional flower "eye candy":

This sample uses theCottage Rose stamp from the Palettini line colored with Copic markers.  

The background paper, in orange, was made by repeatedly stamping the rose with Grey StazOn ink .

In this example, theLarge Passion Flower
was colored with Gelatos.  I simply applied a damp water brush to the top of each Gelatos  and painted each color, adding and blending them as I would have with any paint. 

The stamp in the center of the flower is one from the Things I Want to Do stamp set.

This example was made by coloring the Vintage Daisy Collage with Peerless Watercolors. Don't you love the intensity of the Peerless colors?

Finally, inks and masks were used to create a collage effect. A full tutorial for how this was made is on my blog:
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week! 

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 
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Offer Expires: May 22, 2015