I am Archisha Mukherjee from @Kenchi.School and today I am sharing a different (and moreover, an extremely easy) technique to use your Mai Premium Dye Ink pads apart from stamping or ink blending. Consequently, this is also a way to expand the use of your dye ink pads.
They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, this was not an invention, but, it was necessary to cope with my poor water coloring skills. However, I did not want to invest in any expensive water colors as an immature water color artist, but, needed to practice more water coloring to get better.
As a result, I started squishing my Mai Premium Dye Ink pads, picked up a brush and started painting.
For today’s card, I decided to just start with basic color blocking rather than getting into intricate details. So, today you will notice that I water colored my stamped image in a basic color blending technique. Though I chose a very intricate and detailed stamp i.e. Mudra Corona Times – 4×4 stamp set, I was not bothered about being neat.
Firstly, before beginning the painting process, I stamped my image using a waterproof ink, on a water color paper panel. As a result, my stamp would become resistant towards water while it was being painted and there would be no smudging of ink.
Next, I started painting from the top left corner for which I squished some Mai Premium Ultra Violet Dye Ink directly onto my glass mat. Then, I sprayed some water on the squished ink blob, took a wet brush and started painting in a sweeping style.
Once I was happy with the coverage and vibrancy, I moved on with the next shade of ink. One important step to get the perfect blend, is to blend in the next color while, the previous paint is wet. Rest is just having a therapeutic experience of sweeping your wet brush across the water color paper panel.
I have seen few water color artists wet their entire panel before painting, but I did not do so. Maybe next time!
Below is the order in which I used the Mai Premium Dye Inks :
- Ultra Violet
- Sky Blue
- Lemon Yellow (I mixed Lemon Yellow and Sky Blue to get the green color)
- Tangerine Orange
- Ruby Red
- Flamingo Pink
For the next step, I stamped the same image on some Paperum Yellow Mellow A4 Card Stock and fuzzy cut the speech bubbles out. I stuck these fuzzy cut speech bubble sentiments, on the painted image to give a pop of color. I also added Glossy accents was also added the trees and sentiment, to give more texture.
Now, we come to the card building process. I first added this water colored panel on an A2 note card created from Paperum Coconut Creme A4 Cardstock. Later, I die-cut a hexagonal window from a white card panel and stuck it over my rainbow painted paper with some foam adhesives.
After that, all there is left is to embellish my card. To do so to the frame of my hexagonal window, I added some Mudra Gold Couture Sequins in different sizes.
Additional to the sequins, I added a Chipzeb sentiment that says, ‘Hello From Afar’, belonging to the Mudra Fundemic Designer Chipboard set. But before I stuck it in the bottom right corner, I gave it a bath in some sticky ink. Next, I dipped it in Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it. As a result, the Chipzeb had even more dimension which helped it stand out.
Lastly, to make my envelope synchronized with the quarantine theme of the card, I stamped the bold sentiment from Mudra Quarantine Birthday 3×2 Stamp set directly on my Paperum Coconut Creme Envelope.
Finally, I added some fun details on the card and envelope using my gold gel pen.
That completes the vibrant yet super easy water color card for today. If you are a shy water color artist like me, I would encourage you to try this method.
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Happy crafting everyone !!!