The new trend of being "artsy" on a page is feared by some, embraced by others. I am definitely liking it, but I can see why it is intimidating to get messy. One way I have found to exhibit more control while being arty is to use watercolor paints, and especially watercolor pencils.
When working with watercolors, I like to use watercolor paper, which is thicker than card stock. I have used it directly on my layouts, too. You can find it at any craft store. I purchased my watercolor pencils at a local university's bookstore, but these are are also readily available at any craft store.
You simply color lightly on the paper...
Then you dip a brush in water and "paint" the water over where you colored. See how it changes and looks like paint?
What I love about this is that I can do it mindlessly while I am watching TV, and then use it later in my scrapping. Below is a sheet that I have colored, painted, and let dry.
Then it's break out the stencils time! I love how black marker and ink look on watercolored paper.
After you are done stenciling to your heart's content, fussy cut your letters or shapes. Then, you can even stamp a pattern on them, like I did below:
Below are some fussy cut stamped images:
So I haven't used any of these shapes in a layout YET, but I know I will soon. Not long ago, I did a blog post for IFS about using the rainbow trend on your layout. Below is a closeup of my embellishments---the red, orange, and yellow hearts were made with watercolor pencils, using the same technique I described above. The only difference is I used a heart punch.
So if you sort of afraid to get messy and artsy, but at the same time you sort of want to try it...watercolor pencils are a must have! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you give this indispensable tool a try!
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