Make a Peacock Feather Design with All-Purpose Inks

by Jowilna Nolte

Make a Peacock Feather Design with All-Purpose Inks

The month of March celebrates the beautiful color in Peacock Feathers and with so many ink choices in just the perfect colors, it was hard to choose what to create. But in the end, my love for watercolors and the stunning effects won and I created this art journal page using All-Purpose Inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Color a sheet of watercolor paper. Paint a layer of water on top and then drop All-Purpose Ink onto the paper to let it mix and flow. Mist with more water to activate and promote flow. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Die-cut a peacock feather using a Silhouette machine. Paint with a layer of gesso and then add color using peacock color shades of All-Purpose Inks and a paint brush.


Step 3

Once the feather is dry, use On Point Glue to adhere the feather to the watercolor paper piece.


Step 4

To add shading and interest, add some grey and brown ink to your craft mat and mist with water, then paint in shadows. Use a graphite pencil for shading even more and adding details.


Step 5

Add some additional stamping and a quote as desired. Then adhere the page into your art journal or frame it as a home decor piece.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silhouette die machine
  • Peacock Feather metal die
  • Smooth white cardstock
  • Graphite pencil
  • Watercolor paper

Create an Cat Themed Card with Ombre Background with Memento Ink

by Melissa Andrew

Today, I create a Kitty Theme Ombre background using a watercolor technique and Memento Ink. This will give you a gorgeous transition from dark to light of the same color. The technique is smooth and allows for a seamless background. The Memento ink is vibrant and colorful and can be easily moved with water. In addition, I show you how to watercolor images directly with Memento Inks.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • LDRS Creative Stamp Set – Kitten Caboodle
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Paint Brush – 12 round, 6 round
  • Water Color Paper
  • White Cardstock
  • Misti Stamping Tool

 

Learn Vintage Monotone Watercoloring with Walnut Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

I stamped a beautiful flower bunch from Simon Says Stamp with Brilliance Ink on a watercolor paper. I added some water on a small scoop of Walnut Crystals and painted the entire bunch with it. This is a monotonic theme card and I have used only one pigment to create all the highlights and shadows. I stamped a simple sentiment with Pinecone Versafine Clair ink and the painted panel is ready.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

 

Supplies

Imagine

Other

Stamping Techniques with Lavender Blooms + Memento Markers

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Stamping Techniques with Lavender Blooms + Memento Markers

Getting a beautiful water coloring effect without actually watercoloring is super easy with Memento markers and selective coloring. I used a smooth paper, which allows the Memento inks to create a blended single layer with ease. Once I stamped the flowers and leaves the only place I used a water brush was to spread some color on the leaves for quite a lovely effect. Watch the video for full details and share with us if you try the technique yourself!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Stamp set
  • X-Press It Blending Cardstock
  • Card base – lavender
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Water Brush
  • Rectangle stitch die
  • Die cut machine
  • Double sided foam adhesive

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks

by Elina Stromberg

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.

Whenever I come across an inspiring technique tutorial or a project idea, I save it to one of my Pinterest boards. Those pins become handy when there’s a need for getting the creative juices flowing, but even if the creative mojo is not lost I love to browse through the idea boards for getting fresh innovative ideas.

Some of the pinned projects have been on my to-do list for a while already, waiting for the right time slot to be explored. Like a watercolor portrait tutorial by Elise Engh in her Grow Creative blog that I pinned years ago: I loved the project idea and I had planned to make these cool monotone portraits of my kids, but I was not sure if I had the patience for following all the tutorial steps of editing, printing, tracing, and painting. So, when I finally decided to give it a try, I altered the steps, cut some corners, and finished in no time at all! I used a photo editing program for creating my painting template, and instead of making the painting completely monotonous I used two matching Walnut ink colors for painting. And I loved how the portrait turned out!

Creating the painting template requires some photo editing skills, but you don’t need to be an expert for making the template. You can use whichever software you wish, but as photo editing software vary, I did not include detailed instructions of the photo editing steps. However, please do leave a comment if more guidance is needed.

Walnut inks come in several natural earth tones, and they give a beautiful antique finish to photos, papers, and wooden embellishments. They come in handy spray bottles, but the strong pigment inks can also be used as liquid watercolors; they were the perfect choice for this portrait project!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions

Step 1

Choose a well-lit portrait photo and open it in a photo editing program (e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, PicMonkey). Adjust colors and lightning, and if needed, add contrast. Convert the photo to black and white, and remove the background. Edit the photo using ‘Posterize’ adjustment tool. Set levels to 2, i.e. use only two colors on the posterized photo. Once done, lighten the black to a light grey so that when you print it is just a light shadow.


Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and EucalyptusStep 2

Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and Eucalyptus (an earthy green) on a watercolor palette. Taping the paper on the surface is not needed as the Walnut ink will not curl the paper.


Step 3

Paint the portrait using a small brush, covering all printed light grey areas. Let the colors mix, and add water for gaining lighter tints. Work rather quickly, using a rich amount of ink. Walnut Ink will dry quite fast on a porous watercolor paper. When finished, trim the portrait to the desired size and frame.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Photo in digital format
  • Computer + Photo editing software
  • Printer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Photo frame

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card

 by Mischelle Smith

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card. Kaleidacolor ink by Tsukineko.

Candy is the theme this month at Imagine, and while looking through my supplies I came across my Bouquet Kaleidacolor pad.  Candy and Kaleidacolor?! Yes! I see the tropical package of Skittles when I look at the Bouquet color palette … if only my inks tasted like Skittles … right?!

This easy card comes together nicely, and quickly, thanks to the coordinating palette of the Kaleidacolor pad.  For my card, I chose to use each color individually, without any blend.  I can easily expand my palette by clicking the colors together and stamping a ‘blend’ onto my block.  Instantly, I double my color options. Since Kaleidacolor is a water-based dye, it makes the perfect ink for watercoloring. In the tutorial below I break down how to detail a stamped image using a watercoloring technique.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Directions


Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloringStep 1

Stamp the sock monkey image on watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black.  Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloring.


Step 2

With a paintbrush, gently prepare image with water. Pick up desired color from acrylic block with a paintbrush, and paint the area prepped with water. The first layer of color is a light, gentle wash. Use a light hand when applying.


Step 3

Use a pencil to sketch guidelines on Sock Monkey. If needed, do an image search for a real photo of a sock monkey to better understand the patterns and lines. The pencil lines will be erased when the monkey is finished and dry. Begin adding ‘heart’ shaped patterns to the pencil lines and work to fill in the entire monkey. Cut out the image and set aside.


Step 4

To finish the card, prep watercolor base and add tangerine color. Loosely lay down color and let dry. With scissors, distress the edges of the tangerine panel and attach to card base with foam tape. Attach the Sock Monkey and washi tape him to sit on. With a Tuxedo Black Memento Marker, draw lines and squiggles around the panel.  Stamp “just for you” sentiment, brushed with a swipe of color, and add to card. Attach lime twine and add any additional details as you see fit.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog! If you liked this tutorial then please comment below or share on Facebook!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Sock Monkey stamp
  • Lime twine
  • Foam Tape
  • Fan Brush
  • Scissors
  • Brushes – Black Velvet Round Size 2; Black Velvet Oval Wash Size ¾”
  • Washi Tape