Hello! Today I've got a pair of cards to share with you featuring our newly released Modern Anemones and Modern Peonies stamp sets.
The "Modern" florals series is perfect for all kinds of mediums - markers, watercolors, colored pencils - but today I wanted to focus on watercolor. Of course!
I wanted to share a comparison of the same painting technique on hot pressed and cold pressed watercolor paper. Hot pressed watercolor paper has a very smooth texture while cold pressed has more texture. (there is also rough watercolor paper - which is exactly as it sounds - but we are just looking at hot and cold today)
First up is the hot pressed paper. I chose to stamp out several of my images onto Fabriano Artistico Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I like this color because most colors will cover it and virtually make it "disappear". I chose to paint my anemones white, but if you were painting yours a color, like say red, you could stamp in a matching ink color if you wanted. Because we are stamping on artist grade watercolor paper, the ink will not reactivate and lift like we are used to Distress Inks behaving. This is because watercolor paper is cotton not pulp, so the ink stains the paper and remain pretty stable.
Once all of my watercoloring was dry, I used the companion dies to die cut out the images. Tip: die cut all of painted pieces, even if you aren't 100% happy with them. Chances are you'll be able to tuck them in to fill out your arrangement and hide the areas you're not as happy with.
You can see in the close ups below that the hot pressed paper allows us to easily add detail if we want and has a very smooth finish, while the cold pressed has a more textured finish. While either result can be achieved on both papers - I just find it easier to achieve the smooth detailed results on hot pressed and easier to achieve more fluid and loose results on the cold pressed.
Cold pressed paper stays wet longer thanks to the valleys of the texture, which makes it perfect for wet-in-wet painting as you have more time to work before your paper starts to dry. This allows me to let the water do most of the work for me and I don't have to "fuss" with it as much.
For the second card, I did some masking and stamped out a floral cluster using images from Modern Anemones, Modern Peonies and added a few leaves from Modern Petunias.
Once it was dry I hand trimmed the entire cluster and adhered it over two die cut circles. The edge that was hanging off, I trimmed and adhered to the other side of the card. I used a partial sentiment from the Strictly Sentiments 4 stamp set for both cards along with a sprinkling of sequins.
I hope you've had a great week so far, and are looking forward to the weekend...which is almost here!
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