Spectrum Aqua Colouring Tutorial
This beautiful card features two fun and easy techniques using the new Spectrum Aqua Markers. By simply colouring with the markers directly on acrylic stamping blocks and rubber stamps, you can achieve a watercolor look without much effort! Each time you create a panel it will be unique. Try blocks in different sizes and shapes for even more creative watercolour stamped backgrounds. The ideas are endless!
- Using the brush end of the Kingfisher Aqua Marker, colour directly on the acrylic stamping block along the outside edges. Spritz the inked acrylic block 8 – 10 times with water using a Mini Mister.
- Turn the inked acrylic block over quickly and press firmly on to a panel of watercolour paper. Hold the block in place for a minute, allowing the ink to spread under the block and soak into the paper.
- Lift the block straight up off of the watercolour paper panel. If the panel starts to lift, simply hold it down with your finger and then continue to lift off the acrylic block. It’s normal to see pools of ink and water left on the paper. If needed, use a paper towel to soak up or blot off any large pools of ink. Clean and dry the acrylic block.
- Using the brush end of the Sea Green Aqua Marker, colour directly on acrylic stamping block along all the outside edges. Spritz the inked acrylic block 8 – 10 times with water using a Mini Mister.
- Turn the inked acrylic block over quickly, positioning it directly on top of the blue ink. Press down firmly on the block and hold in place for a minute, allowing the colours to blend.
- Lift the block straight up off of the watercolour paper panel. If needed, use a paper towel to soak up or blot off any large pools of ink or water. Allow the watercolor panel to completely dry, or heat set.
- Use the brush end of the Aqua Markers to apply ink directly on the rubber stamp image. Colour the flower stems with Bud Green and the flowers with Gold. This flower stamp is from Crafter’s Companion Sheena’s A Little Bit Sketchy – Silhouette Wildflowers Rubber Stamp set.
- Don’t worry if one ink colour gets on the marker tip of another. Simply scribble the marker on a piece of scratch paper until it colours off.
- Using the brush end of the Scarlet Aqua Marker, colour the bottom of each flower on the rubber stamp.
- Lightly spritz the coloured stamp two to three times with water using a Mini Mister. Stamp the image onto the watercoloured panel. Allow image to dry.
- Using the fine tip end of the Chestnut Aqua Marker, add a few little dots to the bottom of each flower.
- Stamp a greeting in black ink. This sentiment stamp is from Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals – Greetings Rubber Stamp Set.
- Trim the image panel as needed. Wrap twine around panel and tie a bow to secure. Generously apply dimensional foam adhesive around entire outer edges on the back of the image panel. This helps smooth out some of the warps in the paper. Adhere panel to coordinating card base.
- When spritzing the block or stamp with water, you may need to adjust how many times you spritz in order to get just the right look. You can also try spritzing further away or closer.
- Watercolour paper has a tendency to warp. To help reduce warping, try attaching the watercolour paper to a hardboard panel with removable masking tape or painters tape. Leave it on the panel until finished and completely dry.
- Experiment with different watercolour papers. Some have more texture, while some are smoother. Here’s a sample using a smoother watercolour paper: