Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Make a wish

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!
Today I have a very special monochrome birthday card for you.

I wanted to try negative painting with watercolors for soooo long and now I finally did it. The basic idea ist to paint a darker background around the lighter objects.

  • stamp  your images in a light colored ink onto water color paper
  • mask the first layer of your stamped images and stamp some more in the background
  • create as many layers as you want but at least 3 layers
  • start with a very light wash of your watercolor all over the panel and set aside to dry
  • color the images in the first row in a very light shade and let dry
  • lay down a second layer of a darker shade of watercolor around the images in the first row and over the images in the background
  • set aside to dry
  • for the next layer start over again with coloring the images of the second row
  • paint a darker shade of watercolor around the images in the first and the second row and over the images in the third row
  • set aside to dry
  • start over again for the next layer
  • decorate your panel with some white and gold splatters
  • stamp your sentiment on vellum and heat emboss

... or lessons learned. Here are some things you should do better than me. ;-)

  1. Plan your layers well! I got quite confused about what to color and what to leave unpainted during the process.
  2. Use a recognizeable darker color for each layer! The second and the third layer in my project are too similar.
  3. Paint fast! Otherwise your paint dries too quickly and your background becomes blotchy.



Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,