Gracellie Designs Inspiration Blog Hop and Alcohol pen coloring on water color paper
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We spent ours traveling, so blessed to see my mother, my sister my Daughter-in-law and my sweet granddaughter! A Beautiful road trip through New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut!
We also have a sweet little blog trip today for Graciellie Designs New Release Mid-month inspiration Hop!
Here are your stops!
Ginny Maxam - you are here
My Favorite of the May Releases is this beautiful butterfly set called 'Persevere':
For my card today I also teamed this set up with another set called " Sent with Prayer"
Hre's my "how to":
I wanted something simple and beautiful,
a few butterflies printed on
I pulled out my twinkling H2's and did a test butterfly
This came out much more opaque than I would have guessed - this is due to the watercolor paper, great shimmer due to the ultra super fine mica in the H2o's. But not what I wanted in this card
I ended up doing alcohol marker. Why not watercolor on the watercolor paper?
If you want the lovely watercolor painterly effect using a digital, you can't use water colors. watercolors require water 'wash' to help the pigments move and develop that lovely painterly look. You can't do that with the average ink from an inkjet without losing a lot of line definition in your print. That is exactly what happened in the butterfly above. The ink jet inks work much better with non-water based materials - alcohol pen, colored pencil any solvent based product. The good new is, you can do this with your alcohol pens!
I didn't swatch this out for you, I just pulled greens and blues
I gently sketched in color and then began laying in more, working light /dark.when you use watercolor paper, the trick is to add the color lightly, let the inks move as you add more color. You can push the ink in the direction you want it to go, but a light hand on the paper really works well. Just take your time and don't rub the nib into the paper
you can see I did achieve that painterly looks with very little effort
I did at stickles, I know, Gilding the Lilly - again!
Here is my card
Holding it all together, even the heavy glitter paper I used my faithful Best Glue Ever!
The ferns took about zero effort to just add a little color and I felt it gave the butterfly a nice frame!
I think you will find these lovely sets very useful and if you do buy from Graciellie Designs you can't use the code 'Ginny10' for a 10% discount! Enjoy the Hop too!
Have a grat day!