Watercolour with Stabilo Pens
Hello everyone and welcome back!! This week we are celebrating colouring!!! And what’s not to celebrate? Colouring is awesome!!! On March first, a little thing called the 30 Day Colouring Challenge began. This is hosted by the super sweet Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker.
This challenge is all about taking a few minutes out of your day to colour something. This is to help us unwind or relax during the day or after a long, hard day. And it works. It really does!! I encourage you to check out Kathy’s blog for information and inspiration!! Now onto my card!!
For my colouring medium, I chose Stabilo 68 pens. This has become one of my favourite ways to watercolour. It is so easy. The colours are bright and it looks great every time! Not to mention, they are quite affordable. I ordered mine from Amazon Canada awhile ago. It is important to mention that there are two different tips available in these pens, the 68 and the 88. You need the 68 for this technique. The 88 tips are more of a fine liner where as the 88 tips are a bullet point. For a brush, I use a Derwent Waterbrush (pack of 3, linked to Amazon.ca)
I started by stamping out some floral images from the Zen Floral stamp set and the letter to spell “friend” from my new favourite alphabet set, Color Me Alpha. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and covered everything in clear embossing powder. This creates nice little wells so the colour won’t spread when you add water.
Now onto the fun stuff!! This is SO easy! Because the colour of these pens is so vibrant, a little goes a long way. I just swipe the pen across the part of the image I want the darkest and pull the colour out with my water brush. This is super quick especially when the images are embossed. I usually will add a base colour then add some detail. I especially like hard lines in my watercolour. To do this, I wait for my base to dry (this drys super quick, as you don’t need a lot of water). I scribble the markers directly onto a non-porous surface i.e.. stamp storage pouch, laminated cardstock etc. I actually use a storage sheet for cling stamps. I used to store my stamps in CD cases and Crafter’s Companion had these inserts:
After scribbling the marker onto your “palette”, simply pick up some ink with your brush and add it where you want some detail.
Because the base layer is dry, this new layer will sit on top and create the hard edges. I coloured the friend letters in the same way. I die cut all the images with their co-ordinating Honey Cuts (Zen Floral and Color Me Alpha) and put my card together.
I had a scalloped frame die sitting in my pile of unused stuff so I decided to use this to anchor my focal point. I used liquid glue to adhere to a kraft cardbase. To adhere the letters to my “friend” sentiment, I used a t-square ruler for almost-perfect placement.
You can see the hard lines in the watercolour really well in that photo! I adhered my floral images around the scalloped frame to surround the sentiment on 3 sides. And to top it off, I used some Clear Dew Drops and some Clear Wink of Stella on the letters and a couple of the flowers.
Thank you stopping by and I hope you made it to the end of this longer, than normal post :). I truly hope that you can find some time throughout your day to colour!! The studies say it helps you de-stress and relax, and I totally believe that!!