I recently had a question hit me about a little swoosh of watercolor that behaved wrong —which led me down the rocky road of testing. Ha! But for those just getting started with watercolor this is likely right up your alley. Join me for a bit of trying out different inks to see what they do — and then go test brands YOU have!
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I stamped 5 different inks – so you can see what works for what you’d like to create! I don’t own all the brands, so I’ll let you run these same tests on your own.
Before the testing begins …
This all started because I’d swatched a swoosh of paint over a couple stamped images and the color pulled away from the stamped ink. I’ve had that happen before but…not very often since I don’t use student grade paper often. But I showed this leaf just to encourage you to try some actual cotton watercolor paper; this synthetic student- and craft-grade stuff just doesn’t behave like other papers.
And now the tests!
Versafine passed the test with the highest score. While I did re-stamp in my MISTI a few times – my ink pad was juicy enough to get a good impression, and paint works well with it.
You might not know that Lawn Fawn’s Jet Black works with both watercolor AND Copic! One ink pad for all! Mine’s not very juicy though, so comes in 2nd place because of that. It also means this works for waterbased markers, colored pencil…… mostly everything.
Folks wanting to create “no-line” or “implied line” coloring, this no-line ink works nicely – again for both Copic and watercolor. (And of course pencil!)
Distress Oxide and Distress are both water SOLUBLE inks. You’ll know if an ink is water soluble by…painting with plain water, eh? Not rocket science, but newbies have asked this, and I didn’t want that to go unsaid! You can mix this with watercolor and then re-stamp with black later if you like what the water soluble inks do; jsut leave it in your MISTI while you paint.
To finish off the card, I wanted to use these arch dies – I originally thought about cutting out the thin frames in black or gold – but I fell in love with this embossed look instead, so taped it together on the back with scotch tape, then added dimensional adhesive and popped it onto more watrecolor paper. (It’s a piece that had a stray mark on it – never throw those out, lots of ways to use them and cover up bloops!
I’ll be live on Ellen Hutson’s channel Thursday at 11am Pacific. Come join us!
Ellen and I are going to be talking about this crazy card below – it uses It’s a Jungle from the new release, oaired with a mini Action Wobble….Ellen wants me to teeach heer how to make a torch glow – so come join us and cheer her on!
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