With the classes I teach, I get a fairly regular question – how do you paint a scene when a stamped image is “in the way”? And in this video, I show you one way to handle it – paint right through it, or partially through it, then use a darker color on the stamped image in “front” of the painted background.

And since it’s World Watercolor Month, and today’s prompt is Ocean Creatures….this little crayfish seemed perfect for today!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Some colors won’t work with this technique – and you really do have to paint right up to the edge of the stamp. But when possible, let the lightest layer of color travel into the stamped image, and only add the darker colors later when you can be more careful with smaller amounts of the other hues. And oh yeah. White details. Uh huh!

The little hermit crab is painted with the same technique – just painting partly over the image, painting the crab with darker colors, then adding white pen!