Hello Everyone! Hope you had a wonderful week and are gearing up for some crafting this weekend.
For anyone who has been following my social media accounts, will know how much I love to watercolour images and backgrounds. Today, I have a slightly long and picture heavy post, which I hope you’ll find useful. I am comparing 4 different water colour papers for some basic background colouring and have 2 simple cards to share.
I picked the 4 different types of watercolour papers available in the Letzcraft store. You can also pre-order any of these papers you don’t see in the store.
Below are the pictures and a comparison of all the papers. I have used black soot distress ink to colour the stripes panel and some transparent water colours to paint the wildflower panels. Where you see grooves in colouring or missing colour in strips, it is because of the texture of the paper that stops from colour to move freely, unless you dilute your colour quite a bit.
||Painting and Colouring
||Colours might differ slightly
||Perfect to paint and colour images
||Very little texture
||Perfect for backgrounds, since the paper’s colour doesn’t impact the colour. Dries fast
||Good and suitable, since colour moves easily
||Not very suitable due to the thickness of the paper. While colour moves easily when diluted with lots of water, this warps the paper
||Unsuitable, since the white of the paper changes the colour a bit
||300 (also available in 200 GSM) and different sizes
||Off white – almost ivory
||Not apt – the texture hinders techniques such as smooshing with acetate. Only brushes with lots of water work well
||Not very suitable due to the texture. The texture shows through any form of colouring and it also makes it hard for colour to move
My verdict –
- If you’re looking to watercolour backgrounds or use with some watercolouring pens, such as Zigs, Canson XL is the best. Perfect colour and texture.
- If you’re looking for some heavy duty colouring or painting, Strathmore is the best. I didn’t quite like Ranger for it’s colour and Brustro for the excess texture.
Now on to the two cards I made using Canson XL paper, since not only is it the perfect colour, it has a good price point too. Both my cards use the same technique. Below is a quick pictorial of how I made them.
I started with a 4″ X 5.25″ panel and used a blunt pencil to draw some spiral roses with leaves. You can see they’re fairly easy to draw.
I then used a waterproof black gel pen to go over the roses. I used a cheap pen I got from my local stationery. You can use any black pen you have, as long as it is water proof. Do test them on a small piece of watercolour paper before you use them on your main panel.
I then left the panel alone while I worked on my second card for the ink to dry completely. This should take about 15-20 minutes, esp. because you’re working with watercolour paper. I then used a very light hand to erase the pencil lines. You can see some of the ink did spread but I didn’t worry much.
I finally used some Camlin water colours (another really cheap find from the local stationery store) and coloured the roses and leaves and added a sentiment from Kaiserkraft’s “Friendship Background Messages” set.
To complete the card, I adhered the watercoloured panel along with a thin panel of watercoloured stripes onto an A2 sized ivory card base, also from the Letzcraft store. Some splatters and loose colouring with black soot distress ink around the image completed the overall look.
I used vellum on my second card because I goofed up with the colouring and didn’t quite like how it looked. So, there’s a way to salvage some watercoloured panels 🙂
To complete the second card, I added some clear droplets on the vellum and assembled everything onto an A2 sized ivory card base.
The sentiments on both the cards are from Kaiserkraft’s “Background Friendship Messages” stamp set inked with versafine onyx black ink.
Hope you liked the post today and will try out some freehand drawing and colouring yourself. Remember, with any kind of colouring, the beauty lies in how different everything looks each time around.
Happy Crafting. Loads of love