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VIDEO: How to Gel Print With Watersoluble Crayons

 

Using watercolor paints on gel prints can be a little difficult as the paint beads up if you don’t treat it first but have you tried using watersoluble crayons on your gel plate yet? You can get some gorgeous watercolor effects really easily and without pre-treating your gel plate just by using watersoluble crayons and I’m sharing some techniques for you to try out yourself the next time you have your gel plate out and fancy doing some monoprinting.

Have a play with the amounts of water you use to see what different effects you can get. It is quite striking as you can get really strong saturated color when you use an artist crayon like the Neocolor II from Caran d’Ache, which is what I am using here. You can also get some gorgeous subtle pastel watercolor looks too. And as a bonus I have another technique to share to help you get a unique distressed look from using your watersoluble crayons on your gel plate. You can catch a close-up of some of the prints down at the bottom of this post, so just scroll down after watching the video!

 

VIDEO: How to Gel Print With Watersoluble Crayons

 

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Gel Press and other monoprinting plates (I’ve used the 5×7 Gel Press today)
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Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons
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Creative Stencils (I used Flourish)
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Fabriano Accademia Paper is great for printing as it is cheaper but if you can’t find it then try other student art or drawing paper. You can also use the Strathmore Printmaking paper but it is more expensive. (I used the 200gsm version today)
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Amsterdam Standard Acrylic Paint (Pearl Color Sample)
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You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

 

 

I’ve got some more gel printing videos over on my YouTube channel.

Have  super creative few days until I catch up with you again!

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VIDEO: How To Make Easy Abstract Watercolor Flowers – A Creative Exercise

How To Make Easy Abstract Watercolor Flowers - A Creative Exercise

 

I promised you something different today didn’t I? So I thought I would share a creative exercise that is great for anyone who wants to get started with watercolor paints, or for if you have been dabbling but aren’t sure what to do next. So this exercise uses three ways to make easy abstract watercolor flowers and helps you to get use to how watercolor paints work and how to manipulate them to get the look and effects you want. And I’m hoping that you find it a no-fear exercise that helps you to get a handle on watercolors and inspires you to have some fun experimenting with them, so let me know if it does!

I’ve put all the colors that I have used in the supplies section below. I’m using watercolors in pans from Prima Marketing but this exercise will work on other watercolors too, like liquid watercolors or tube paints, even some of your pens and inks too! If you want to see some close-up pictures of the textures you can find them below!

 

VIDEO: How To Make Easy Abstract Watercolor Flowers – A Creative Exercise

 

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Goldline Studio watercolor paper (200gsm/ 90lbs cold press)
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Prima Marketing Decadent pies (31, 34)
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Prima Marketing The Classics (07, 09, 02)
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Jackson’s Art Raven mop brush size 10/0 and 0
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You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

 

How To Make Easy Abstract Watercolor Flowers - A Creative Exercise

How To Make Easy Abstract Watercolor Flowers - A Creative Exercise

How To Make Easy Abstract Watercolor Flowers - A Creative Exercise

 

Don’t forget to let me know what watercolors you are using at the moment and if there is a watercolor question or topic you would like me to cover in an up-coming video!

In the meantime, I do have some more watercolor videos for you and also some more flower art inspiration videos too!

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VIDEO: Try This Color Burst Technique

VIDEO: Try This Color Burst Technique from Kim Dellow

I am still on a color-kick after the yummy color from the Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers from Sunday’s technique video, don’t forget to watch it if you missed it! So today I have a technique that you can try out with the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders that is also crammed with color! Yay! More color! I think I might be feeling a little color-starved with the Winter weather here!

But don’t worry if you don’t have any Color Burst powders you can find some suggestions of alternative products that you can use instead in the video and below in the supplies list. Plus don’t forget to go take a look at the close-up pictures of the finished projects at the bottom of this post.

 

VIDEO: Try This Color Burst Technique

 

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Ken Oliver Color Burst (I’m using the Caribbean set)
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Buy from Blitsy US (Ships Worldwide)

Canvas Board (5″ x 7″)
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Buy from Jackson’s Art UK (Ships Worldwide)

Water spray bottle
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)
Buy from Jackson’s Art UK (Ships Worldwide)

Bits and pieces –
Round 1: Coins, washers, paperclips, keys etc
Round 2: Chipboard alphabet and shapes

Alternatives to Color Burst:
PaperArtsy Infusions:
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)

Colourcraft Brushos:
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)

 

Close-up of the green project from the Color Burst technique video by Kim Dellow

Close-up of the purple project from the Color Burst technique video by Kim Dellow

I would love to hear what your favourite techniques are for using with Color Burst, Infusions or Brushos so do let me know in the comments!

Have fun creating your colourful works!

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VIDEO: A Fun Technique For Using Mermaid Markers With Stencils

Video: A Fun Technique For Using Mermaid Marker Brush Pens With Stencils by Kim Dellow

 

Have you used the Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers yet? If you haven’t come across them, they are a brush pen, much like a waterbrush, but they come pre-filled with a dye-based ink. Now I bought myself a pack a few months ago meaning to do a review video, so shout if you would still like me to do one! Instead today I have a technique for using these Mermaid Markers with stencils to get a seriously cool effect!

Don’t worry if you do not have the Mermaid Markers because I give you some suggestions in the video for other products that you can use instead and that you might already have in your stash. Check out the picture below for a close-up of the results of this fun technique!

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VIDEO: A Fun Technique For Using Mermaid Markers With Stencils

 

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Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)

Any Cold Press Watercolor paper, I used: Bockingford St Cuthberts mill 300gsm (140lb) Paper
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The Crafter’s Workshop Sweet Posey Template
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen
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Buy from Jackson’s Art UK (Ships Worldwide)

Art Masking tape
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water spray
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Buy from Jackson’s Art UK (Ships Worldwide)

You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

 

Close-up picture of the Mermaid Marker Brush Pens With Stencils, Video by Kim Dellow

 

Don’t forget that I have loads more watercolor techniques and ideas videos to watch as well as lots of ideas for using stencils try these videos. I’ve also got you covered if you looking for some ideas to get you doodling!

And if you are looking for some more inspiration for using your Mermaid markers then try my Mermaid Marker Resists video!

Have a super creative day!

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VIDEO: Watercolor and Ink Flower Drawing

Watercolor and ink flower drawing and how to add more texture. Video by Kim Dellow

How have you been getting on with your Inktober sketching? If you follow me on Instagram or you are part of my Creative Tips newsletter group then you will know that I’ve been doing a sketch per day and sharing as part of Inktober. I’ve really been doing my own thing and not following the official prompts but using it to generate sketch ideas, play with different styles and practice of course!

I have plans to work up some of my favourite sketches into other projects and I was hoping to encourage you to do the same thing. So today’s video share is a process video for a watercolor and ink flower drawing that comes from my Day 18 sketch. I’m also testing out the Daniel Smith watercolor paints and if you scroll down below you can see a close up of the granulation you get with some of these watercolor paints, You can spot it in the picture above as well.

Anyway, enjoy the video and you will see what I mean about granulation once you have watched it! Oh and I share how to add the punchinella texture too!

VIDEO: Watercolor and Ink Flower Drawing  

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——— S U P P L I E S ———

Cold Press Watercolor Paper (I’m using St Cuthberts Mill Bockingford 300 gsm / 140lb)
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Daniel Smith Watercolor Primatek Set
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Daniel Smith Watercolor Essentials Set
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Winsor and Newton black indian ink (water resistant)
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Dip Pen / Nib holder
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Punchinella
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Magic Sponge
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Jackson’s Art Raven Brush Size 4
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Jackson’s Art Raven Brush Size 0
Buy From Jackson’s Art (ships worldwide)

Kitchen towel

close up of the watercolor paint granulation and the punchinella texture. Video by Kim Dellow

That grainy texture in the photos is the granulation I’m going on about, you can see it really well in the Amethyst color along the bottom. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Let me know how you are doing with your daily sketches and I would love to know what you will be doing with them next. Do you have any projects planned for them?

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VIDEO: Easy Watercolour Rainbow background And Flower Art

Make this easy watercolor rainbow background, see how in the video by Kim Dellow

After last week’s Autumnal journal page I thought I would jump straight back into Summer with a rainbow watercolor background and some flower art. I think I can not quite let go of the idea of Summer sun! I know, we have to move on with the season but it doesn’t hurt to have a quick look back from time to time does it? Well this look back comes with a really easy technique for adding your own watercolor rainbows to your next painting or art journal project.

I am also trying out absorbent grounds this week and seeing how they work with the Hydrus watercolors. But don’t worry if you don’t have either because I share some tips on what else you can use to make this watercolor rainbow background.

VIDEO: Easy Watercolour Rainbow background And Flower Art

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Supplies:
Junk Journal

Golden Absorbent Ground (White)
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Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors
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Posca Pen – Black
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Watercolor Paper
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water spray bottle
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Alternative watercolors
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Pipettes / Eyedroppers
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My Favorite Pen
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Close up detail of the watercolor rainbow and flower design. See how you can make one too in a the video by Kim Dellow

For tips on using acrylic paints like watercolor watch my 5 Ways With Stencils video.

For more watercolor inspiration watch my Ideas For Using Watercolor playlist.

I can not wait to see your watercolor rainbow background projects so don’t forget to share what you make with me by tagging me in on social media, all my links are below.

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VIDEO: Easy watercolor mixed media flower art

Try this easy watercolor mixed media flower art project with video by Kim Dellow.

Watercolor and gel medium don’t mix, right? Well, oddly enough I love working with gel medium and watercolor together, you just get the most amazing textures and effects. Take for instance my video this week. It’s a super easy, mixed media flower art tutorial that uses glass bead gel and watercolor. I know, crazy! But look how much fun it is! And all that amazing texture.

But I have a confession, I made a totally rookie mistake! Got a bit too excited and threw caution to the wind when I really should have been patient and waited. Be patient? Yeah, that word is so not in my vocabulary! Anyway, I won’t spoil the fun, you can watch what mistake I made and how I fixed it too in the video!

Before we start the video, go grab your popcorn, or maybe that should be go grab your paper and paints! Because, I just wanted to let you know that at the end I have a special shout out to one of my YouTube channel subscribers!

VIDEO: Easy watercolor mixed media flower art

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Supplies
Daler and Rowney Mixed Media Paper:
     Buy Daler Rowney in the UK;  Buy Daler Rowney in the US
Newspaper
Golden Regular gel (gloss):
     Buy Regular Gel UK; Buy Regular Gel US
Plastic card
Flat brush
PaperArtsy Kim Dellow Stencil PS046:
     Buy PaperArtsy Stencil UK; Buy PaperArtsy Stencil US
Golden Glass Bead Gel:
     Buy Bead gel UK; Buy Bead gel US
Palette knife
Dr PH. Martin’s Hydrus (set 1):
     Buy Hydrus UK; Buy Hydrus US  (Hail Hydrus! – Sorry, bad geek reference – hail hydra – Marvel – get it? *Sigh, just me then!)
water spray
Round brush
Kitchen towel
Holbein Gouache Brilliant gold
     Buy Holbein gold UK; Buy Holbein gold US
PaperArtsy Kim Dellow Stamps EKD05 (pre-decorated see my butterfly art slice video)
     Buy PaperArtsy Stamps UK; Buy PaperArtsy Stamps US (UK);

Close up of the texture you can achieve! See the video by Kim Dellow

Did you spot the shout out? It is a massive thank you to Diane Zureski and you can see the project that she shared with us at the end of the video.

Diane tried out the technique I used in my ‘Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium’ video and we are now both fans of this technique! Thank you so much for sharing your project with us Diane! You can find Diane over on pinterest so go and say ‘hi’ and let her know how much you liked her project!

If you would like to have a shout out in one of my videos then please do share something you made inspired by one of my videos, tag me in social media (links below) so that I can see it and perhaps the next shout out will be yours!

And to make sure that you know exactly when one of my videos uploads, subscribe to my YouTube channel and click on the notifications so you can stay in the know!

I shall catch you all later! Happy creating.
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VIDEO: Watercolor Art Journal Page Project Start To Finish

Watercolor art with a step by step video by Kim Dellow

Hey Guys, how are you all doing? Are you have a lovely creative week? I do hope you are and if you are looking for some inspiration to get you fired up and ready for some painting fun or for a bit of art journal creating then I have a watercolor project video to share with you today that might be just what you are looking for.

But I am doubly excited to share this project with you today as it uses some of Tracy Evans new stamps with AALL And Create. I’ve known Tracy for years via blogging and design teams, which by the way is one of the things that I love about this job, you do get to meet some lovely people, like Tracy. I am excited to see her starting on this new art venture, so when I saw these fab stamps I knew I had to play with them. She has two stamp sets at the moment, this gorgeous one with the birds and sentiments and a grungy circle, heart and star set which is also right up my street!

So in my video today I’m covering lots techniques: from how to stamp on watercolor paper to layering and adding texture with watercolor. Sit back and enjoy!

 VIDEO: Watercolor Art Journal Page Project Start To Finish




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Supplies:
AALL and Create Stamp Set #6 Tracy Evans
MISTI Stamping Tool
PaperArtsy Stencil {by Kim Dellow} 048
Ranger Archival Ink Jet black
Bockingford Watercolour paper 300gsm Cold Press
Dr PH. Martin’s Hydrus (set1)
Hake Brush (or flat brush or mop brush will work well too)
Jackson’s Art Raven Mop Brush
Ceramic palette
Scissors
spare paper
kitchen towel

close up of the Watercolor art project that comes with a step by step video by Kim Dellow

Yeah, you might have noticed that I am kind of loving watercolor at the moment! Oh and loving trying out different video formats too! Hope you have been enjoying them.

So don’t forget to pop on over to Tracy Evans’ blog and let her know which of her two new stamp sets you like the best. You can find plenty more inspiration with them on her blog.

As always let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the notifications option so that you know as soon as I have new video content! And I would love to see anything you make that is inspired by what I share so tag me in on social media, you can find all my social media links below!

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VIDEO: Try This Watercolor Painting Texture Technique

Try this Watercolour Texture painting technique, video by Kim Dellow

I love playing around with watercolor painting textures! There are lots of different ways to make really interesting watercolor textured backgrounds and features for your art journal pages, painting projects and even for cardmaking too, it is the medium that just keeps on giving!

So today I am sharing a painting texture that I have been experimenting with and I have a video showing all the steps that you need to get the texture yourself. I’ve used both a drawing ink and watercolor paint for my textures but feel free to play with what you have in your stash and let me know how it goes and which products work and which don’t!

VIDEO: Try This Watercolor Painting Texture Technique



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Supplies:
Winsor and Newton Drawing Ink: Canary Yellow, Ultramarine
Dr PH. Martin’s Hydrus: Ultramarine
Winsor and Newton Watercolour: Violet
Hake Brush (or flat brush or mop brush will work well too)
Jackson’s Art Raven Mop Brush
Water
Bockingford Watercolour paper 300gsm Cold Press
Fabriano Watercolour paper 300gsm Hot Press

close up of Watercolour Texture painting technique, video by Kim Dellow

more close ups of Watercolour Texture painting technique, video by Kim Dellow

Once you have learnt this technique you can use it in your art and I can not wait to see what projects you come up with so do tag me in on your social media shares as I would love to see it, all my social media links are below. You never know, I might feature your work in one of my videos too!

So I thought I would make my Dad his Father’s Day card from one of the texture swatches using the Dr Ph. Martin’s watercolor paint as I particularly loved how the texture came out on this piece and I thought he would like it too!

Father's Day using the Watercolour Texture painting technique, video by Kim Dellow

Enjoy making your textures and I look forward to seeing what projects you come up with using this technique!

Kim

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