Hey, it’s Lizzy here! This month the Paper Party designers (Stephanie, Anna-Maria, Wilna and a guest designer Suzy Plantamura) were shipped a box full of my newest Lucky Charm collection. It’s been so fun to see their style and techniques with the products. I am so excited to share what they are have created! Starting off with Anna-Maria… She is sharing tips and materials needed for watercolor effects on your creations. Including what kind of paper, watercolor and brushes. Thanks so much for the great tips!
WATERCOLOURS in generous.
Last time one of you asked me about the papers I used on my pages and I received some questions about the other materials. I thought that it would be interesting for you, if I write about some details. Exactly this instant technique, its potential and the possibilities it creates, along with my knowledge in this subject is something I would like to share with you in this article.
Let’s begin with a few words about materials that might come in handy:
PAINT: You may use any of your children?s ordinary set of watercolour, e.g. the most basic set of classic, ?hard? watercolour included in the IKEA art set, watercolour crayons which enable for specific and accurate effects in your works, Faber-Castell gellos, you can get an amazing effects using Mister Huey’s mists by Studio Calico, or, just like I often do, you may apply concentrated fluid pigments ? ecoline by Talens, a company that offers a wide selection of colours (this type of paint is available in almost every decent, well-stocked shop for artists; besides, if they are available in Poland, you are bound to find them everywhere in Europe and I think in US as well).
BRUSHES: Watercolour is supposed to be used with soft brushes, preferably natural ones. Depending on the desired effect, we may choose among round brushes with broad tip (perfect for applying larger quantities of paint, as well as for bigger, blobs and paint smudges on cardboard), round brushes with pointed tip (for painting details, lines, small planes of colour), broad and flat ones (for filling larger planes with colour), as well as little, hard, artificial brushes for splashing paint (the effect is similar to using spray or sprinkling mists).
PAPER: Watercolur paper of any basis weight (the thicker, the better) should be the base of watercolour background. Personally, I use size A3 sketch book with paper that is heavy enough for watercolour (250 g/m). You can also use American Crafts cardstock – they are also good enough. If you make only subtle actions of the page you can use a custom scrapbooking paper like f.e. one from the Dear Lizzy ‘Lucky Charm’ collection as I did
This is my today’s layout – I used only ‘Lucky Charm‘ papers and embellishments here and add some delicate watercolours effect – just for illustrate how AMAZING it looks togheter
Thank you! Anna-Maria