One of my favourite techniques is using watercolours. I know they can be pretty scary for some so today I am going to show you how to create a watercolour effect without using watercolour but Stabilo 68 pens. I have loads of these at home as the kids use them for colouring projects. They can also be used as watercolours. Let me show you.
Pick a patterned paper, gesso and two or three colours of your choice that match your supplies.
Apply gesso to the background paper using an old card and leave it to dry. If you are impatient like me, you can use your heat gun. Be careful not to hold it too close to the gesso as it might start to form bubbles.
Once the gesso is dry, draw a couple of scribbles with the Stabilo pens.
Grab a waterbrush or a simple paint brush and dilute the colour. The colours will start to flow and create a watercolour paint effect.
Let the colour dry and add a second if you wish.
Add some detail with a stamp.
Put together the basic design of the layout. Take out an acrylic block (often used for stamping) and the colours used earlier on.
Draw a couple of lines onto the acrylic block.
Dilute the colour with some water.
Add the colour to some cut out paper embellishments or die cuts.
The finishing touch is adding any additional embellishments, a title and some journalling. I love how easy these pens are to use and if you want to venture into the world of watercolours this is a great way to start. Have fun colouring and happy scrapping.
|Lilith Eeckels lives with her family in the south of Belgium. She is South African by heart and hopes to return to this amazing country where she grew up as child. By day she is an English and Dutch foreign language teacher in a high school as well as mother to 4 mischievous boys who keep her very busy. By night you’ll find her in her scrapbook nook playing with pretty papers and embellishments. Currently she a Design Team member of American Crafts, Esprit Scrapbooking, and Glitz Design. She shares her passion for scrapbooking on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.|