Hi, it's Therese, and I am back with another edition of Take 2 with Therese and Creativity Unlocked. Today, I'm sharing three easy ways to add watercolor using Fresh Dye Inks using the Linear Life: Poinsettias Bundle.
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Have you tried watercoloring yet? And, did you know that you can watercolor with products that you may already have on hand? Altenew's Fresh Dye Inks are waterbased and are the perfect way to practice this medium to see if it's something you enjoy. Today I am sharing three very simple techniques to try , so let's get started.
Technique #1 – Stamping!
Yes, did you know that you can watercolor with a ‘stamp'? Simply reverse the stamp so that you can apply ink to the back of the stamp and then spritz it with a fine mist of water and then stamp as you normally would.
I used the Rose Petal Fresh Dye Inks for these Poinsettias and once the panel was dry I was able to stamp the images on top. Note that they will not fit perfectly as the original image was reversed but I think this helps give the design that loose watercolor look.
Want to ‘mix' your watercolors? Simply restamp the image with another spritzed darker color on top before it dries.
Technique # 2 – Watercoloring through a Stencil
The Linear Life: Poinsettias has a coordinating Simple Coloring Stencil and this gave me the opportunity to share that you can actually add watercolor through a stencil. If you are not confident to color, this is a great way to ‘cheat' lol.
Technique #3 – Direct Watercoloring
And finally, this is the most obvious way to watercolor, simply to use it as you would any watercolor medium. How? Smoosh the ink pad to a palette or a non-porous surface, use a watercolor brush loaded with some water, add this to the dye ink and then pick it up as you normally would. And, it doesn't have to be fancy, I kept this coloring very loose and it was so easy, literally anyone could do this.
For darker more intense color add less water, but to get a lighter variant simply dilute the Fresh Dye Ink with more water. Also note, that watercolors will dry slightly lighter.
I hope you are inspired to try some easy watercoloring with dye inks today!