Maybe you’ve heard that coloring for adults is a new trend that is helping people relax and unwind. There are even coloring books you can purchase specifically for adults. Well I’m sure the folks at Pals Paper Arts could have told you coloring was relaxing; we’ve been doing it all along. Good! With that out of the way, we just saved you thousands in therapy.
Here is a watercolor birthday card I made with an image that I colored several days ago to do just that—relax. There was no intention to make a card or use this image for anything specific; just to color. I enjoy listening to music or a Podcast and letting my mind go while I color, or in this case, paint.
Watercoloring may seem daunting at first, but here are a few tips to get you started.
- Stamp your image using a water-resistant ink like StazOn or our new Stampin’ Up! Archival Ink which will be available September 1 in the Holiday Catalog.
- Squeeze a Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad while it is still closed to add color to the inside of your ink pad cover.
- Use an Aqua Painter or a soft-bristle brush with water to pick up the color and begin watercoloring.
- Work one color at a time and start with a light hand; don’t worry how it looks the first round.
- Allow ink to dry and layer on some more color as needed. It’s also a good idea to allow ink to dry before changing colors—unless you intend for the colors to blend which is perfectly OK too.
- For light areas, use more water and for dark areas, less water is best.
Lastly, remember not to worry if you go outside the lines. The best watercoloring happens by mistake; at least it does for me. For example, I didn’t intend to only use In Colors for this painting; it just happened. I also didn’t plan on my leaves to bleed when I painted the blue background, but I love it.
Now back to the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge. This little painting was sitting on my desk for a few days, like I said, and this sketch seemed like the perfect way to show it off. I turned the sketch on its side—which is totally within the rules, I think— and began embellishing. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set, Butterfly Basics, and Linen Thread finished the look.
I hope you enjoyed this post. It is a little peek into my process. Most of my projects come to fruition in this way. I stamp, color, cut and walk away. Later I come back and find the perfect way to use the little bits and scraps I leave all over my desk. This no-pressure approach brings out the best in me. Give it a try. Maybe you’ll relax and enjoy making something beautiful while your at it.
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