Friday, September 17, 2010

Book Study - Intuitive Watercolor

We are starting another Book Study over on Next Generation Stampers. This time we are going through Bernie Berlin's "Artist Trading Card Workshop". I recommend getting this book, besides the fabulous technique and step-by-step directions with colored photos; Bernie shows other artist's ATCs using these techniques. This gives you an opportunity to see a variety of styles with using the same techniques. We are starting with the first technique "Intuitive Watercolor".

Cut watercolor paper to size. Dampen the paper with water, then drop on some color (using liquid watercolor or dye ink), spread the color over the paper with a wet brush.

Drop another color onto the wet paper and blow it around with a heat gun.
If desired, add more color and repeat with the heat gun.
When the paper is dry, look and try to envision shapes to outline. I had difficulty finding any shapes it this piece. Bernie says not to worry, if you don't see any shapes, just start doodling with a fine point black pen, shapes and images will come. I'm not sure about any images, but I liked how this has a stained glass appearance, especially having used the iridescent colors. I think this will make a good background for a project.
Decided to try again with another type of inks: Distress re-inkers. I found a little bit went a long way with this ink:
Dropped on some more Distress ink and blew around with a heat gun.
Noticed extra blue ink on the craft sheet, so wiped it up with the edges of the card to color the edges.
Dropped on some darker green, again blowing it around with the heat gun.
This time, I thought I could see a sea horse, so I outlined the sea horse with a fine-point black pen and added in some details.
This reminded me of worn packaging, so I added some fish postage stamps, over stamped some script and postage images with brown StazOn ink, and added a few charms. What fun!

The best part of all this was I had never been interested in this technique. I didn't get it. This book review forced my hand and made me realize: I'm not supposed to "get it", I'm supposed to just play and let the random movement of the colors show me the way to go. Fun!

5 comments:

chrissy said...

I like both of your experiments with this technique!!! That first one will look great as a background. And it is cool how you saw the seahorse in the second and then added the fish stamps.
Chrissy

deb said...

Carol - Wow - this is cool. I'm nervous about this as I too think I can't "see" anything in the blots!!

Gaby Bee said...

Great fun catching up with you, Carol. Gorgeous pieces! Love your experiments.

Check out my Blog, when you have a sec.

Hugs, Gaby

Trena in Naperville said...

Thanks for sharing!! This is great creativity!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

bed frame said...

This is a very creative work! I like it. I never expected that it turn out like that.