Beat the Heat with Water(colour)

Watercolour hot rod

There is a new challenge running at on the Penny Black blog inviting you to share your summer stamping for a chance to win some stamps.

beat the heat

We have had a long stretch of hot weather here in Ottawa and one of the coolest places in the house is my basement craft area. The best way to cool down and beat the heat is to head for the water so I created a one page watercolour sample sheet. I used masking tape to make nine mini panels but next time I think I’ll use painter’s tape as the masking tape ripped the surface of the paper in a few places. I worked on two or three panels at a time and ended up with six out of nine that I wanted to make into cards.

The hot rod panel above was created by wetting the panel first then stamping the car image with Memento Olive Grove ink. The ink began to bleed immediately separating into two pigments, a green and an orange. I increased the amount of orange by adding a little Memento tangelo ink with a paintbrush here and there.

watercolour grid sampler

The panel below was also created by stamping onto wet paper. In order to have soft blended images as well as sharp ones I stamped with both Memento ink and Versafine. The memento is a water soluble dye ink whereas the Versafine is oil based.

Watercolour blue thank you

You will see some of the panels have a border left by the tape but others were cropped right to the edge of the water coloured panel.

Watercolour grid tape removed

To create the dragonfly panel below I wet the paper with a yellow wash made using memento cantaloupe, this time stamping with a lace trim stamp. When the panel was dry I sponged through a die-cut mask of a dragonfly before stamping the dragonflies. I die cut a couple of watercoloured dragonflies to add to the border of the panel.

Watercolour dragonflies

I also created a couple of tiny scenes using the cute little stamps from the Summer Fun set

_DSC1994 Watercolour mini beach scene sc

Watercolour sunflowers

One of my panels was very small so I made a mini card.

Watercolour mini-card


Stamps:  Floral AppliqueSentimental, Hot RodLace Trims, Summer FunLife’s Messages (PB)
Inks: A selection of Memento ink pads and markers & Versafine inks (Tsukineko)
Dies: Flutters
Cardstock: Portofino 100% cotton 140lb hotpressed watercolour paper

10 Comments on “Beat the Heat with Water(colour)”

  1. Jan Castle says:

    Your panels are lovely…each unique!

  2. sheryruss says:

    I love each of your panels! Awesome and inspiring!

  3. Mary H. says:

    A genius of an idea to stamp these panels, and each one an exquisite work of art. Way to go. Keep cool in that basement. TFS

  4. Maureen Chandler says:

    Oh, I love all your work. Watercolor is so much fun and you do it so beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing your art!!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Such inspiration! You make me want to get out all my watercolours immediately. Of course, now that I’ve seen these amazing cards, I’d be disappointed with my own results. 😉

  6. Pai says:

    what an awesome way to make several cards!

  7. Watercolour is soooo difficult but you make it look so easy! Such a super project and fun to keep as one piece too! Thanks again for the inspiration!

  8. Krafty Kim says:

    What a lovely idea to use stamps with watercolour techniques. I must give this a try soooon! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Darlene Gabriel says:

    These are so very beautiful. Thanks for all the tutorials you do explaining how you create your wonderful works of art. I really need to try watercolours more. I’m just not good at it.
    I was in Ontario, close to Ottawa last week. I was there for a week visiting who lives by Griffith. I am originally from Ontario and love it when I get the chance to go back for any reason.
    Darbaby on SCS

  10. […] Here’s a very interesting tutorial on how she does some of it!! […]

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