Watercolouring is such a relaxing and mindful past time. I love watercolouring my stamped outline images. Being able to colour images with out having to draw them first is the reason I got into rubber stamping as my favourite past time. I want a good result when I watercolour so a question I am often asked is what cardstock is best for watercolouring?
So to let me make the best decision I decided to experiment with the cardstock I had available. I have experimented using three varieties of Stampin’Up! cardstock . I used Thick Whisper White, Shimmery White and Fluid 100 watercolour paper. I stamped my chosen images from the Four Season Floral using Staz-On Saddle brown ink onto each of the three card stock types.
Using a water painting pen with a fine tip I watercoloured the images using a small amount of reinker ink, a few drops placed onto an inkpad lid and then watered down to a less concentrated colour. I coloured each petal and leaf individually and added extra depth of colour into the areas that needed it.
In the photo above looking left to right you can see the results. The card on the left is Thick Whisper White. The colour is difficult to spread and shade so it looks all very similar. The middle card is the Fluid 100 watercolour paper. Very easy to colour and add shading and depth of colour. The card on the right is the Shimmery White card. This one is my favourite as you get the shimmer effect coming through and the card is very easy to watercolour, shade and add highlights. The Shimmery cardstock is an overall cheaper alternative too as the card stock is A4 and the watercolour card is A5 size.
I hope these examples give you a guide to how to make the best choice when watercolouring your stamped images. Do remember to use a permanent based ink such as Staz-On when watercolouring. don’t use a water based ink pad as your watecolouring will bleed.
For watercolouring use -Staz-On inks.
For alcohol markers such as Stampin’Up! Blends use a waterbased ink pad.