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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.



    • 3.

      The Background


    • 4.

      Focal Point Watercolor Stamping


    • 5.

      Texture Stamping


    • 6.

      Finishing Touches


    • 7.

      Additional Examples


    • 8.

      Final Thoughts


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Rubber stamps are very versatile tools and can be used for numerous different techniques. In this class, you will learn how to use them for a watercolor effect, something that is very easy to do and gives a great look. 

I will be making an art journal page, but the techniques work just as well for many different types of projects: card making, scrapbooking, art tags, and more. In the class, additional examples of watercolor stamping will also be presented.

We will paint a simple watercolor background, and then proceed with the watercolor stamping. Finishing touches will be done with sentiment stamps and more watercolor painting. I will also share a fun watercolor resist technique, which adds great texture to a watercolor project.

It is possible to stamp with watercolor paint, but this technique is easier with dye ink and/or water-based markers, and I will show you how to use both. The inks and markers used are from the Distress range by Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz, but you can also experiment with other brands. You will also need watercolor paper and paint, and any type of stamp. I discuss the supplies and possible substitutions in the class, and you can also find links to the supplies on my blog in this Versatile Watercolor Stamping post.

Outside my window, autumn is in full swing and the trees are gorgeous. This inspired me to paint and stamp an autumn scene, but you can of course use any colors and stamps that you would like.

I hope you will enroll in my class and that you will enjoy learning more about watercolor stamping.

Happy crafting!


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Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Mixed Media artist, papercrafter and stamper


I am a mixed media artist, paper crafter and stamper, sharing inspiration and tutorials on my blog Layers of ink. I have been doing arts and crafts my whole life and started papercrafting in 2002. How lucky I am to have found the joy of making art from paper, dies, stamps, ink, paint and photographs. I enjoy switching between different projects and sizes: cards, tags, mini-books, art journaling, layouts, and canvases. I also do a lot of 3-D projects and home decor/gift items.

I love trying out new and old techniques, to experiment and try different products and tools. I like to include little meaningful details and words on my projects. Building scenes, playing with texture and colour are some of my favourite things. The possibilities are truly endless and every project is a crea... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is a McCoy, and I'm so happy to be teaching my first loss that skill share. Have a bloke called layers of Ink, where share inspiration and tutorials, and I've been stamping and paper crafting for about 15 years. I also do a lot of mixed media work. I simply love to try out new techniques, and I like to teach what what I'm learning in my experiments. I'm very passionate about rubber stamping. So for this class, which I called versatile or to color stamping, I'll show you a tick needs to get a watercolor effect with your stamps It's really from, and I think you'll enjoy it. It's also a great way of getting more out of your stamps. You can use any type of stunt represents clear stamps or steps that you carved yourself. If you don't have any stamps, I'll be sharing a few ideas for substitution is that you can make, and I will also show some general water a fun general watercolor. Resist technique. I was inspired by the beautiful was from outside my window in a made an art journal page, but you could really do any type of project It definitely doesn't have to be in autumn project or a nocturnal page. And I will also be sharing a few alternative ideas for how you could use the technique. So I really hope to limit enrolled in my class, and I think you will enjoy it, so I'll see you in class. 2. Supplies: Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for joining me in my watercolor stampede close. And I hope you will be inspired to try out some new techniques and to see the potential of rubber stamping. First, I'm going to show you some of the supplies that are abusing in the class, and there will also be a full supply list attached to the class. But I increased you to use what you have at hand and experiment with the products that you have at home. First, he needs a watercolor paper. Anyone will do. You just use your favorite. I use this one by cancer, and I cut it up into smaller pieces and you need some what color paint and you could use parents or troops. It doesn't matter. I'm going to use pants. And, of course, I'm brushes. When it comes to. The steps are used on this set by dark trimmed war for my mom. For my tree image, it's cooled gum trees. Here's you can see the actual stamp and they look like this. That said, these are amount to driver stamps, which means that also need an acrylic block to place them on top. I'm going to show you something techniques without the block as well, because sometimes you don't want to use the block. It worked better without it. But for the actual tree stamping, you do need the block. I'll also be using a splatter background stamp. This one is also by dark from door. I'm going to show you some techniques with a variety of stamps. Thes Airil back. These are background Stam's and a butterfly and some leaf stamps. The last ones here abide by Tim Oates. This one is called Leaf Prince. If you have your own car stamps, you could use those as well, of course. Or you could use traditional would mounted rubber stamps. Even clear stamps work for this, even though sometimes the ink tends to be after bid on them. But I find that with watercolor sampling technique, it still works as long as the stamp is not to your detailed. I will also be using a sentiment stamp. It's buy stamps, capes, and it's It's one of my favorite autumn stamps, saying that every leaf issa flower, which is quite true. So you need some ink, and I used distress inks by Ranger and Tim holds, and they it's a Dye Inc So it's water based, and what makes them special is that they're meant to react with water, which make, which makes them perfect for this technique. But you could also experiment with other driver dye based inks. The technique works with Just think Pat, as you can see, it comes in two sizes, the bigger one in the smaller one and the smaller one works really well for this technique , since it's easy to layer up several colors in small areas. But the big wells work justice. Fine, actually. Okay. Also be facing some districts markers. I find that that works nicely, especially for the leaves off the tree. Since you can, you can get small areas of color next to each other, a little easier them with the links. I will also be showing you a resist technique with the watercolors for for the clouds in the sky. And for that I used the district's micro place by ranger into holes. It works. It gives really nice resist effect together with watercolors or together with the Distress Inc. For instance, and you could you could also use a candle or white or based crayon Instead, what do you do if you don't have any rubber stamps at home or clear stamps? If you don't, then you can solder some of the techniques you could friends since paint the tree. And then you could use some much items you're finding in your kitchen or at home to create the board the stamping effects, for instance, when it comes to texture. So, for instance, Cling film works great for that as well as Barbara, and I'll show you. So make sample with both of these later, let's start. 3. The Background: Okay, so let's start working on the background and we're going to start doing the sky. And for the clouds were going to do the distress micro glace rhesus techniques, as I talked about earlier. And I don't want the distress micro glassware going to stamp the tree because then the ink is the distress, my micro gate laces going to resist the ink, and I don't want that effect under the tree. So what we'll do just to make sure that I don't get it there is to put the tree stamp on my background. This is kind of just rough. It might not be exactly here, but it gives me an idea of where to go, and you need very little of the distress. Micro glazes literally just put a little bit off of it on your finger and then put it onto the paper when pressed too hard, because if you go quite lightly, you get more of a textured effect. Since the glaze doesn't go into all the groups of the paper and that's it, you can paint for the sky. I did a weight on weight effect, starting with a layer of water just clean water around 2/3 of the paper. Then I used CMA. Just put in that year low a little bit of yellow to the sky. You can already see how the micro glace is working. And the rest of the sky was stunned with with French ultra Marine starting darker than on making it lighter issue progress down the page, it was a bit too late. There we go. And then I'm just going to let that dry. And you don't want this guy to be too dark right here where the tree is going to be stepped now for the foreground that I started by putting in some yellow this this kept me and, um Kevin, you loves you and a little bit off we will see, but maybe only used to rosiana better the Cadman yellow You works really well with one of the colors I'll be using for a tree. So that's why I decided to use that to end the Ted of Orange. Give it that what I'm feeling and finally live green Darkman making it darker towards the foreground. And I dropped in a little of the French ultramarine right of the right here in the foreground. Okay, Now you just have to let this dry 4. Focal Point Watercolor Stamping: So let's start with a watercolor stamping. Um, I'm going to start to think up the tree, and I'm starting with your love. The recent amusing inch pad for the yellow is that my yellow marker was dry, but if you only have the ink pads as you can, just do what I'm doing now. Continue with ink bites. Instead of using more person, I'm going in with orange. I usually start with the lightest color to avoid contaminating the colors. It's not a big problem. You can just scribble off on the side of only scrap paper. But I still feel more comfortable going, starting from light and then growing darker and some great. And when your color a stamp with markers, it's best to hold the marker on its side rather than going in with the tip first to avoid damaging the tip. Okay, so just putting some color in here and there next we wanted little but of green for the trunk in the Bronx is amusing. Forrest most, which is Ah, dark, brownish green. You might not see what I'm doing now, but I'm going over the areas where I can see visible branches. Finally, I will largest a little bit of dark brown. Also on the areas where there are branches. There we go. Now I'm going to miss the step with the water, Mr. And the amount of water that you need depends on the size of the stand. But usually I will use at least four Mr Water often more than that. No, I'm simply going to stamp it on my paper. You don't need to press. Are your soldiers in place for a few seconds? Let gives the ink sometime to transfer and then moved to remove it at first. Watercolor stamping doesn't always look so nice on the paper, as you can see. And you might think that you made a big mistake, and this is not going to look good, But just give it some time to drive and let the thing to do its magic, and you will never get exactly the same results. So I so you can see to tax that I made, uh, where you can see the exactly the same technique with the tree on the white background. 5. Texture Stamping: All right. So now I'm going to show you how to add some texture to the piece using a splatter Stam. And basically, I want to create the look of leaves. And I'm just going to think it up one color at a time and again miss it. And then I'm just prison into the paper here and there. You don't need to re ink it in between. Yes, you can see it gives those yellow dots. If I stamp it on the white paper, you'll see us. And I'm just going to continue doing this until I'm happy with a look that I'm getting. You might want to use slightly less water for this technique. Stamp is small, and the dots are small, so it doesn't need a lot of water to create a watercolor look that we're aiming for. Okay, so now you can see that I did quite a bit of texture with the splatter standby used basically the same colors that I used for the tree. And I made a darker towards the foreground with Forrest most especially what to do. If you don't have a splitter stamp, you could use a buff piece of Ah cling wrap instead. And you could actually dip this straight into your water color paint also. But just because I'm having the ink out, let me show you with the link. I'm just having it onto the ink. Sting it with water on. If you have a life touch, you can see that you'll get a similar texture. Effect us with this bluster stamp. 6. Finishing Touches: All right, so now when we're almost done, I'm just going to add some finishing touches. I want a sentiment on my background, and I'm using a stamp for that. You could obviously also authorized it, or you could leave it out altogether. Amusing archival ink for this, for the sentiments stamp. And I'm going to use the ground espresso, which is a dark brown, so I'm just going to think it up. And then I'm picking a spot on my background, which is not too dark. So I'm going to place it somewhere here and there we go. It's a little it's not totally straight. When I did this on my original piece, I used to stand position er, but now, for the sake of speed, I decided to just stamp it there. We have the sentiment. So after I did the stamping, I just added a few finishing touches again with watercolor paint, my love birds. So I painted some birds, simple birds in the sky and I'm embassy doing a little worn down fence here in the background. It's just to give the piece a little more life on some more details. I'm also going to add some Russia on the tree and right here in the foreground. So the very final thing that you need to do is to, um is to add some shadow. We don't just to be too dark. That's especially around the tree. Now, at this point, you might also want to distant decide. You need to think about where the light is coming from. So thinking, I'm going to put my shirt on this side of this tree. So, as you can see, I added some shudder to the tree. I also added a little bit of a shadow to defense boosts, and I'm going to call this death. 7. Additional Examples: As I said earlier, I just wanted to show you a few additional examples using other stamps, because this technique really works with basically in the system. Yes, I'm just using a leaf. Now. Can't continue with the autumn theme. And this I'm just thinking this one up with impress. That's really the quickest way to go about it. And then again, mist with water. I'm stamping this on a white tag just so that you can see clearly what it looks like. There we go. As it dries, it starts to look nicer. This is that same stamp. And here's another example of another leave. You can also do the technique with any background stamps of. This is this is a background stamp for this one. I'm also just using the ink pad, and I kind of wanted to make it strike piece I'm going in with. I'm pulling the impacts across the cross, this the stamp to create, strives and then I'm going to miss it again with water thistles. The larger stamp, it needs more water. And you said that I can see we're in placing MMA tag and putting the stamp on the table instead of the other way around. Just pressed on the tag slightly and then take it up. You can see again as it dries. It gets that nice portrait color stamping. Look, one of my favorite types of images to use with this technique or butterfly. Stam's So here I Have a Butterfly by Tim Holt, and I'm just starting and king it up or wrench in the center. I think some light green and a bit of blue I could go in with markers to get more precise, sinking and then stamped justice before there we have it to give you another example. That's the same butterfly and this one is tried. It would look really nice. Um, shades of brown also. And then one final example. Listen, other background stamp and this one just thinking up with three different endings. Twisted citrine. This was correct, Pistachio. And finally, the mermaid. Good. Then again, I misting it when I'm placing the tag on top so that I can see exactly what all the stamping when there we have it. A circle background and that's the same stamping dried form. But s I really hope that you enjoy this and that you your play around with the technique on your own with your own stamps and supplies, and the project obviously doesn't need to be Autumn one Here, for instance, is an example of basically the same page that I did earlier this year during spring, I believe, which has a different feel to it with just the green tree, and it doesn't need to be in Arjuna Page. It could be a card or or whatever you could think of here. I used the same scenery to create a little books and stuff like that. And here's another example of some water color stamping in my art journal. With this. These flowers were watercolor steps. 8. Final Thoughts: So that was it. The end of my first loss. It scale share. And I really hope you enjoyed it. And let it give you some inspiration for how how you can use your stamps. And this was just one of many, many techniques that you can do with snaps. And I'm really looking forward to seeing the class projects Remember you. It doesn't need to be complete. You can post your experiments are unfinished projects, just anything. And thank you again. So much for joining me. And I'll see you in my next cost at scale share by