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VIDEO: Using Stencils With Watercolours in Your Art Journal Or Sketchbook

Sketchbook or art journaling with stencils and watercolour by Kim Dellow

My video share today is all about using stencils and watercolours. I really enjoy using watercolours with stencils and today’s video shares a fun technique you might want to try out. I’ve gone for a very stylised, almost illustrative look with my design today, because I am really loving that look at the moment, but you can adapt the techniques to other styles too and use them in your art journal or your sketchbook.

I’ve used two stencils from StencilGirl, the lovely feathers designed by Rae Missigman and matched them up with one of my own DIY stencils that I made based on a Moroccan tile design. I think the three designs work really well together, what do you think?

There are lots of tips in the video as well as how to correct mistakes with watercolours! Oops!

An illustrative-look watercolour and pen feather design made using stencils by Kim Dellow

VIDEO: Using Stencils With Watercolours in Your Art Journal Or Sketchbook

Hope you enjoy the video and as always if you are inspired to make something after seeing my work then let me know! Leave a note here or better still come over to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment, I could always do with the thumbs up and subscribes too! Thanks!

Supplies:

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Hand Book Journal Watercolour Natural Linen 5.25 x 8.25
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StencilGirl Imaginary Bird Feather Stencil and Mask
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StencilGirl Classic Feather Retake Stencil and Mask
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Stencil Card
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Prima Marketing TROPICALS Watercolor Confections Set
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Prima Marketing DECADENT PIES Watercolor Confections Set
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Prima Marketing THE CLASSICS Watercolor Confections Watercolor Pans
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DA VINCI : NOVA SYNTHETIC HAIR BRUSH Round Size 4
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DA VINCI : COSMOTOP SPIN BRUSHES round Size 0
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uni-ball Pin Drawing Pens
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Frisk : Magic Watercolour Erasers Sponges
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More Ideas Using Watercolours and Stencils

I have some other techniques for using watercolour and stencils. Do you remember the textured and layered art journal page that I made using the products I designed for PaperArtsy? Well that page was started with a stencil and watercolour technique, one of my favourites actually.

Then there was a tutorial I wrote for Blitsy on how to make your on journaling cards using watercolours and stencils too. That was fun!

Click on the photos to see other tutorials using stencils and watercolours:

Click to see video on how to make a layered watercolour Art Journal pageClick through to tutorial on how to make your own watercolour journaling cards

So what is your favourite technique for using watercolours with stencils?

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VIDEO: Watercolour And Pen Project Walkthrough

Watercolour and pen pattern adding texture in the background. By Kim Dellow

Do you like blooms? I bit of an odd question I know! Ok, let me explain! I’m not talking about flowers but I’m talking about watercolour blooms, you know that jaggered edge texture you that can develop when two wet areas of watercolours meet? Some people don’t like them but I really like the texture that they make and they are totally one of the fun features of using watercolours.

Recently, I’ve been playing about with them and today’s video share is a project walkthrough where I’ve used this jaggered edge bloom property of watercolour paint to make a textured background for an drawing or an illustration.

VIDEO: Watercolour And Pen Project Walk-through


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Supplies:

Fabriano Watercolour paper Not

Winsor and Newton watercolour paint

Deep well palette

Sakura pigma micron pen

Jackson’s Art Raven brush size 0

Heat tool (optional)

Close-up of the pen pattern adding texture in the background. By Kim Dellow

The pen pattern is based on a recent Art Slice design I’ve been playing with. I’ve just used one element for this project and added in some character by changing the line thickness and adding in some texture in the centre. 

So are you a bloomer?! Let me know below! If you are new to it I hope that you will give it a go and have fun with it!

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AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy – How To Make Easy Art Postcards

You guys know that I try lots of different products and techniques don’t you? I see it as part of my job to try as much out as I can and come up with ideas to help other people to make informed product choice decisions and get their inspiration buzz on! But I definitely do get into some short and long term obsessions about certain techniques or products, I mean we all do don’t we? We can’t help it, it is kind of how we tick in this arty-crafty world!

Well, last week on the Blitsy blog it was my faux-print look obsession, this week I am sharing one of my other current obsessions – watercolour.

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Kim Dellow Watercolour postcard tutorial

It’s a trend that is still going strong and you can understand way, it is a beautiful medium to work in. But I also think it can be just a little intimidating sometimes if you are new to it. So this week on the Blitsy blog I am sharing probably one of the simplest watercolour techniques you can have a go at! It is an art postcard tutorial which would make a great quick note to family and friends or even just for sticking up on your wall! If you are a dab hand at watercolours already then this will be a super quick and easy make to bulk up so that you have lots of cards to send to people or decorate your world with!

You do not even need watercolour paints for this one. I’ve used the Pitt Big Brush Artist pens from Faber-Castell to add the colour to this postcard. I’ve gone through all the steps on the blog in my post called How To Make Easy Art Postcards”.

I was going to write on the back of the card for the photograph but my mind went blank for what to say. Isn’t that just the way with postcards? Either you write hardly anything or you write so much you wish you had written a letter instead! Oh and if you are too young to know what a postcard is, it is like direct messaging, it just takes a little longer to get to the recipient!

Have fun with it.

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Sketching Terrariums For GROWLondon And London Terrariums

You might not know this about me but I love growing things. I might have mentioned that since our move, a couple of years ago, we now have a garden – oh how wondrous it is to have your own outdoor space, especially when you have lived in flats with no outdoor space for many decades. But I am kind of wishing now that I had tried growing a terrarium years ago. What a perfect way to bring a bit of contained garden into a small living space.

I was really lucky a couple of weeks ago as I got to make my very own terrarium with London Terrariums. It was a taste of the workshops that they will be running for GROWLondon, the contemporary garden and lifestyle fair on Hampstead Heath 24-26 June 2016 and I thought it would be a great subject for some sketches with watercolour and ink.

 

My terrarium is the one of the far right in the picture above. I know what you are thinking, how did you plant anything through such a narrow neck? Magic! Ok so it wasn’t magic but it was possible, slightly fiddly but lots of fun.

I didn’t get any time during the making of the terrarium to do any sketching as it was far too much fun and super absorbing. But I did take lots of photographs to make up for it and then to sketch from when I got home.

For our miniature terrarium gardens we had pebbles, some beautiful plants with variegated leaves, moss, activated charcoal and compost so some great textures and colours to play with not to mention some unusually looking tools to sketch too.

I used Winsor and Newton watercolours in a small landscape travel watercolour sketchbook. Starting with a pencil sketch from the photographs and inking it with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen then colouring with the watercolours.

It is not something that I have done a lot of but it is something that I want to do more of, I love the idea of a sketchbook diary and would love to make this into a daily habit.

 

 

I will definitely be taking my sketchbook with me to GROWLondon later this month, or at least my camera to capture the growing inspiration. There will be lots going on including workshops, as well as the terrarium making, running over the weekend at GROWLondon. Also London Terrariums runs workshops in and around London and the South too.

My terrarium now has pride of place on our dinning room table and you never know it might be subject for some more sketches soon. Massive thank you to London Terrariums and GROWLondon for the experience and the subject matter for some sketching!

Have you ever made a terrarium? I have my eye on some of the fun science vessels that London Terrarium uses for some of theirs. This might be the start of something!

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As Featured On Blitsy – How To Paint The Galaxy With Watercolours

I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky and when I was younger Astronomy was an obsession for me, I even wanted to be an astronaut at one point. So this current trend for Galaxy-inspired makes in Papercraft hits a lot of buttons for me and I thought I would share one of my favourite ways to make starry night pictures over on the Blitsy this week.

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A close up of Kim Dellow's watercolour galaxy drawing

It is a really fun and super simple method using the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art watercolours which come ready made up in little eyedropper bottles. If you are also enjoying all things astronomical at the moment I hope you will come and join me for my ‘How To Paint The Galaxy With Watercolours’ tutorial over on the Blitsy blog today.

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As Featured On Blitsy – How to Make Mixed Media Invites

It is tutorial time again from me on the Blitsy blog and this week I’m mass producing invites to an Arty Party!

Ok, so I had to add the arty in front of party ‘coz I love the way it sounds but really the mixed media method I demonstrate in this tutorial is a great way to bespoke your invites for any sort of party!

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The great thing about this method is that you can make as many invites as you need and quite quickly too. But you don’t have to just use it for invites, how about your own DIY Business cards? You can see how I made them in my tutorial on the Blitsy blog.

Now all you need to do is get the party started!

Have fun

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Get The Look – Watercolour Using Ink Pads

Welcome back to my Get The Look series. We had some fun in February’s Get The Gold Look and you can find those posts here. This week I wanted to try digging into another on-trend look and that is the Watercolour look. But before we go rooting around for our watercolour paints or rushing out to buy some, why don’t we try our ink pads?

Yep, it is Get The Look – Watercolour Using Ink Pads!

Let’s get stuck in!

Why Ink Pads?

Well, I’m guessing that if you are a stamper or a cardmaker then you might have a couple of these just lying about, am I right?

As a stamper and cardmaker, you might have been checking out all those lovely watercolour looks and wondering if you should invest in some watercolour paints. The answer is ‘YES’, you most definitely should! I love watercolours!

But before you do, let me give you some bridging ideas to play with using products you probably already have and then hopefully build up your confidence to make that leap into paints.

lots of ink pads

Not a stamper / cardmaker? Don’t worry – I’m not being exclusive! You might find a little exploration into ink pads fun and useful too.

OK, Which Ink Pads Can I Try?

Try them all! Yep, all of them. OK, so I say ‘all’ but don’t bother with those that are designed to dry immediately such as the solvent-based ink pads like Tsukineko StaZon, it just ain’t gonna work. But do try everything else!

There are now a quadrillion ink pads on the market. I’ve counted them all and it comes to just under a quadrillion, but, hey, whose counting? I just said I was – pay attention!

Yep, there are loads and they come in lots different formulations – dye, pigment, hybrid, some are water-based and some are solvent-based. Subsequently, you are going to get some that work easily with this technique and some that don’t like it at all.

A rainbow of ink pad colours

Water-based dye ink pads like the Ranger Distress inks work beautifully with this technique, as you probably already know if you have these ink pads. Distress inks are great if you want an aged look to your watercolour effects. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’m usually a bit disappointed with the effect of distress inks once they are dry. Some of the colours I love but some just don’t rock my boat (or should that be float my boat?).

Call me fussy but for my watercolour looks I want that translucent, bright colour that comes from artist-grade watercolour and if I can’t have it, I’m gonna fake it!

So the ink pads that have worked well for me are:

Tsukineko MementoLUXE – pigment
Tsukineko Memento – dye
Tsukineko Brilliance – pigment
Tsukineko VersaColor – pigment
Hero Arts Shadow – dye
Clearsnap ColorBox Chalk – blended ink (I’m guessing that is like hybrid?)
Clearsnap ColorBox Classic – pigment
My Favourite Things – Hybrid (‘looks like pigment but dries like dye’)
Avery Elle – pigment
Mama Elephant – pigment (although the colours I have come out very matt, almost chalky)

A note about Ranger Archival ink pads: Archival is a quick-drying dye ink and has an almost oil-like texture and doesn’t play well with water, which is great for most of the jobs you traditionally would use it for. But in the spirit of experimenting, if you do mix it with water it turns into grains of colour that doesn’t paint well but could look cool on the right project, so you might want to try it to see what you think. Also you will need a strong soap to wash out any brush you use with Ranger Archival ink – you have been warned!

OK, that is the full extent of the inks I have in the house, so feel free to try what you have and let me know how it goes!

Just Show Me How To Use Them Already!

Close up of watercolour effects on a greeting card

Not asleep yet? Then let me show you how to make these watercolour effects with your ink pads.

Materials needed for Ink pad watercolouring

You will need:
Ink pads – I’ve used Tsukineko MementoLUXE Dandelion and Hero Arts Shadow Raspberry Jam mid-tone
Piece of plastic (bit of old packaging)
Brush
Water
Cardstock (ordinary, smooth, white, around 290 gsm or more)

Step 1 


Add water to the card surface

Lightly wet your brush and swipe it over the cardstock, I’m going to cut my panel with a die so I’ve placed the die on the card to guide where I should place the colour.

Step 2


Press the ink pad onto a plastic surface

Press a corner of the ink pad onto the piece of plastic – you can use anything from old packaging to a proper palette as long as it is a non-absorbent surface.

Step 3


Pick up the colour with a wet brush

Use a wet brush to pick up the ink from the plastic and swipe it over the wet areas on the cardstock and watch it spread.

Step 4


flick colour onto the surface with a brush

Press a different colour ink pad onto the plastic and pick up the colour with a clean, wet brush and flick the colour across your watercoloured cardstock.

Easy, right?

Get The Look Watercolour Super Tips!

  • Working with watercolours, or ‘fake’ watercolours, is all about getting a feel for the amount of water you want for the look you are trying to get and that only comes with practice. 
  • Don’t overload a surface with water; if you do, let it dry to a just shiny sheen before you work on it. 
  • The temptation is to overwork the colour on a surface but you will get your best serendipity looks if you just let it be and let it dry naturally.
  • Keep the plastic you have been using as a palette: some of your inks are still workable for quite some time, even weeks, especially the pigment inks.
  • Paper is key with watercolouring techniques – when people ask me, I tend to say try what you have already and aim for over 290 gsm. For my card making I am often using an ordinary smooth white cardstock with a high gsm. If you are going to get specialised watercolour paper, then invest in a good artist brand, it is worth it. 
  • Brushes – again it is worth investing in some artist, or student-artist, quality brushes, they are less likely to drop hairs into your work.
  • Final tip, some of the inks you are working with will be permanent once dry and some of them will still respond to water even after they have dried, so it’s worth checking out if you need to put in layers over the top of your work.

A watercolour effect greeting card

The gold feather? Well the feather die was the free cover gift on Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue issue 132 (still available btw) and I used the transfer foil and Stick It method that I talked about in Get The Look – Gold Transfer Foils, go check it out!

Watercolours and watercolouring techniques are HUGE-MUNGOUS topics and this blog post doesn’t even brush the iceburg tip, but if it helps you experiment with some of the products you might already have then my job is done and I hope that you have fun exploring what you can do with your ink pads!

If you are looking for some more watercolour inspiration, this time using various watercolour or acrylic paints, then check out these posts…

watercolouring with pencilsDIY Watercolour Gem project life cardsWatercolour background wedding cardWatercolour background for the retro camera stampSketching out and aboutstamping with watercolour pens

What things do you get up to with your ink pads? Do you like the Watercolour look? Thinking of trying it if you haven’t already? Do share any of your ink pad or watercolour stories in the comments below.

Have fun Getting The Look this week.

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