Afternoon lovely crafters from another soggy Craft Garden. So much for Summer arriving today but it looks promising for the weekend, fingers crossed.
As promised, I’ve put together a tutorial for stamping with your little sparkly pots of H20’s. I know when I first bought these all I did was use them for colouring images but now I’ve had a chance to revisit them and play properly there is so much more you can do.
Stamping gives a lovely soft watercolour effect but with the mica shine. If you use solid stamps then all you need to do is stamp and go... easy. But if you want to play more, as the paints are water based you can use an outline stamp and then pull the colour in as you would with distress inks. You can also stamp with the paints, dry and then spray with water to get a background for over stamping with another medium. I will try to cover it all.
First of all you need to spray the paints liberally with water and then go off and make a cuppa while they activate. A good 5 minutes is about right.
Paint your stamp with a paintbrush. If the paint is still a bit dry add a tiny bit of water to your brush. You’ll see when you stamp it whether you’ve got it right. Don’t panic if you’re not happy. Just reapply and re stamp. A layered look is what you want.
You can spray your painted stamp with water to get a more watery image but make sure you spray holding the stamp upright so as not to over wet. You’ll be amazed how many impressions you can get from one paint application.
For the Wisteria flower I allowed the green leaves to dry and then repeated the above process with the purple paint.
Why not try adding more than one colour to a stamp, that looks lovely.
Alternatively, paint up a stamp and randomly stamp all over a large piece of card, spraying with water if the stamp starts to dry. Then spray the card with more water to allow the stamping to run. Dry and you have a background. If you use the colours on your main project you have instant matching backing paper.
Lastly. try an outline stamp.
Once it’s dry you can pull the colour in with a fine detail brush and some water.
Again, don’t waste the paint on your stamp, just stamp onto some spare card and keep spraying the stamp with water. I covered a whole piece of A4.
I hope you’ve found this helpful. Just have a play. You’ll always end up with something different.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.