Watercolor Basics with Jane Davenport Paint Set, Pink and Paper Shop Design Team Post

Hi Everyone! Julia here. I really like watercolor painting because even though it has a lot of personality it is very easy to use material for beginners too. In this blogpost I would like to give you some basic ideas how to use it on your scrap layouts.

Mona is also a big fan of the JaneDavenport – Bright palette, so she made you a color palette as a little help:

When sometimes we buy a scrap treasure, we don’t even have an idea how many opportunities it has. Just take a look at this gorgeous Jane Davenport – Bright Watercolor Palette. It has great colors, you got a mixing palette which I simply adore and it has 12 beautiful colors. However if we take a closer look it contains so much more. I made a little color chart from the Bright palette by pairing every color and painting them to a watercolor paper for a better transparency. I mixed every color pair 1:1 and so I got 80 nicely saturated colors. What I love in this palette is the fact that it contains only three base colors (yellow, red, blue) from the twelve, so we can make many new colors just by combining these.

As its name indicates watercolor is a water based medium, which means that the painting it dissolves in water We distinguish two basic types of use, the first technique called “wet in wet”, the other called “dry brush” technique. There is one more technique, that I like to make you know: splattering. For both techniques I recommend using watercolor paper (ArchesArt Imressions vor Prima watercolor papers are perfect to use), although with cardstock can works well, it gives better result with watercolor paper. An other very important tool to have in your kit when working with watercolours is a paper towel or a cloth, because are very useful for correcting mistakes.

1. Dry brush technique: is when you first wet your brush with water, then with the watercolor paint and you apply it in your on paper, just like in school. This technique is good for draw shapes or duddles on your page, or to color stamped or drawn figures.

2. Wet in wet technique: is when you add paint into wet washes wich allowing the added pigment to spread out unhindered. I adore this technique because it is so unpredictible. Just let flowing your paint and the pigments make the art for you. Like meditation. This technique I recomend you primarily for backgrounds.

3. Splattering: is more an effect than a technique.

a. throwing paint: start rapping the edge of the brush against your finger or an other brush, the paint will appears to fly off occasionally.

b. big splatters: collect a large amount of watered down paint with your Prima Watercolor Brush Pen, – this tool is just perfect to make the excellent round splatters – place on top of your Prima Watercolor Paper and lett the paint drop down.


Watercolor with other mediums:

4. As I mentioned above watercolor dissolves in water, so if you want to add another medium, like drawing or stamping on a layer of watercolor paint is very important to use an alcohol based medium, like alcohol based permanent markers, inks, etc. Here I show you an example:
On 6×6 Prima Watercolor Paper I made a layer of Jane Davenport Watercolor Set Bright paint with wet in wet technique, once it was dry, I stamped a text with Altenew Permanent Black Crisp Dye Ink on it is top.After I fussycut the watercolor shape, I gued down on a 15×20 cm precut American Crafts Sweather Weather Close Knit 12×12 Paper. As afinal touch I decorated the card with Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa Tassels and Pink Paislee Buttons.

Next time I bring you more ideas and tricks how to use watercolor paint on your scrapbook layout. See you soon!
Love, P.J.

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