Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Watercolor Resist

In the photo above, the flower image (Hero Arts), and also the flower image in yesterday's post (Hero Arts), you can see examples of a watercolor embossing resist. This is really a fun technique, but involves several steps:
1. Make a light watercolor wash on watercolor paper. I used the little watercolor wheels available from Hero Arts. You can blend several colors. This will be your background. Let the watercolor wash dry thoroughly.
2. Stamp your image (this must be a reverse or shadowed stamp, with a lot of rubber surface surrounding a depressed central image) with Versamark, Top Boss, or another clear ink, like the Ranger Watermark/Resist pad. Heat emboss with clear powder.
3. Once your image is embossed, use a darker coordinating watercolor to color the depressed image. The watercolor will seep into the unembossed area of the stamped image. Wipe off any excess watercolor from the embossed area.
4. Using newsprint to soak up the excess embossing powder, iron off the embossing with a craft iron. Be sure to turn the embossed side face down onto the newsprint and iron the backside. Use a piece of newsprint to protect your iron. Iron several times until no more embossing remains. Be careful not to burn your artwork!
5. See your darker watercolored central image pop from the watercolored background!
I finished the card pictured above with a bit of paper from Prima, a May Arts ribbon, and a stamped word from Art Impressions.

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