Coloring with Watercolors

I use watercolors quite a bit. I have an inexpensive set that I got from the local craft store and also a few in tubes that I got from the art store. For the most part I have a few "round" watercolor brushes in different sizes - a #6 for washes, #4 for adding detail washes and #00 for very fine details.

Below is an example of how I might watercolor an image.

Step 1

Decide on base colors. Using water-downed colors add a wash to areas of your stamped image. I put a light wash of brown on Prissy Montgomery's hat, blue on her dress and pink bows on her shoes.
It's easier to start with a light wash and then slowly build up your colors. When you start light you can always add dark, but when you start dark, even though you can "lift" some color off, sometimes you can't.


Step 2

I go back in and start adding the details. I might use the same color and just cut back on the water or I might use a different color.

I went back in and using more paint (less water) I added some shadow in on her dress, hat and shoes.

Remember to leave light or white areas for interest.


Step 3

I went back in with and added a few lines to her hat, some squiggles to her hair and some light teal to her dress.

Sample cards using this method:

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