Butterfly Basics Week – Watercolour

Butterfly Basics is one of my favourite stamp sets from this years Annual catalogue (actually it was in last years Spring/Summer too!) It can be found on Page 124, and is in the Artistic Expression section. Although it was designed for Stamp Layering the flower image is great for a simple watercolour

Stampin' Up! UK Butterfly Basics Watercolour Birthday Card

The big key to watercolouring your stamped images is using the right ink to stamp with. I’ve used Archival Basic Black ink here as it is water-resistant, but you could also use Stazon. Memento is great for using with your alcohol markers but as it is water-based tends to run and bleed when used with watercolouring.

When watercolouring an image like this I smoosh my ink pad onto a large clear block and add some drops of water either from an Aquapainter or spritzer. I’m not great with an aquapainter (yet) so stick with my trusty paint brush. My current fav is a Soft grip number 5 round brush from Royal and Langnickels Crafter’s Choice range, which I only bought because they are purple! When watercolouring a small-ish image like this one I prefer to keep my brush quite dry with more ink that water which is why I prefer a brush rather than an Aquapainter because that way I have more control

Stampin' Up! UK Butterfly Basics Week Birthday cardSo, my colour choices here are Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo for the watercolour and ink splatter, with accent stamping and sentiment in Sahara Sand

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