Watercolor Wonders: Scrap-a-Faire

Scrapbooks etc. Contributing Editor Tracy Kyle will show you how to use watercolors to create custom page accents and backgrounds that are as vivid as your imagination.

Hi, welcome to the Watercolor Wonders Class. I'm Tracy Kyle and I'm going to be your teacher today. In this class, we are going to do seven projects. We have got a lot of work to do so I'm not gonna go too much into introductions but I hope that you enjoy my class. Before we get started with our seven projects, I just wanted to give you an overview of the way that I like to teach classes and the way I teach classes in person and online is basically the same and what I like to tell people right off the bat is your layout does not have to look exactly like mine. You can change it whatever way you want. You can change the colors, the topic. I just want you to create a layout that you're gonna use in your scrapbook. I also wanted to let you know that you don't have to use the same products I use, the same brands. You can substitute whatever you have. I don't want you to have to go out and buy absolutely everything on this huge supply list. I've used a lot of different kinds of watercolors, mainly so that I could show you how to use all the different types of water colors, but if you just have one, that's all you actually need to start and so don't feel like you have to buy every single kind that I'm using or the same colors and that kind of thing. Before we jump right into this, I just wanted to give you a couple quick tips. The first one is protect your work surface. It will make for a very easy cleanup after if you're using something like wax paper, paper toweling, or some scrap paper that you really don't have to clean up after. You can just get it, crumple it up, and throw it in the garbage or throw it in the recycling. For me, I don't like to clean up all that much. That's an ideal thing to think of before you start so I thought to just give you that little bit of tip right before we start. The other thing is that you would need to keep in mind that we're working with water so your projects are gonna be a little wet, they're gonna be damp. It's paint. It needs time to dry so don't rush ahead, you know, after you've done something, set it aside, let it dry. Go get a snack and when you come back, it'll be ready to work on a little bit more. Off we go, starting on our first project. The first project that we're doing is stamping with watercolors and this is a very easy technique and it's a great inexpensive way to get a bunch of different colors with your stamps without having to spend a lot of money on buying different colors of ink so this is a great thrifty technique and it doesn't matter what kind of watercolor you use. Any kind will work. You could use your kid's watercolors as well. I have found those, the better quality ones have more vibrant colors and they don't look as faded. Okay, time to get started. What we're gonna do first is I'm sure you all know how to use watercolors but we're going to wet our paintbrush and we're going to apply the pain to your brush and I really want you to get some scrap piece of paper and play with this a bit because you can get some different looks by doing it different ways. If you use more water, you get a more subtle, faded look. If you use less water, it's a more intense color. If you have a spritzer, you can spray your stamp before you paint on the paint. You could spray it after. You could try not spritzing your stamp at all and just spritzing your paper, so I just want you to just take a scrap piece of paper and just play around a little bit with this and then we've you got a look that you like, you can start stamping it on to your paper for your project. So you can see that I've just applied the paint to different colors to different areas on the stamp. Remember that to rinse off your brush between colors to help contaminating your paints. By all means, if you wanna mix colors, go ahead and do that but if you don't want to, make sure that you're washing your brush in between and drying it off on a paper towel so it's always good to have paper towel and a fresh, you know, nice, clean glass of water there. Not for drinking but for washing your brushes. So we're just gonna continue with some different stamps and painting on them and stamping it down on to your card stock and you'll see that we get a whole area with a bunch of different stamped images on it. And you're just gonna keep repeating, keep repeating, and let dry. Once your project has dried, you can add some gems as accents like I did on the stamped images and now we're ready to assemble our page. When you get your paper trimmer, you can cut a half an inch off to adjacent sides of the blue card stock and then we're gonna attach that blue card stock to the center of the red card stock, just kind of matting, and you don't have to do that if you don't want to. Then we cut a one-inch off two opposite sides of the green card stock to make that scallopy border at the top and the bottom, and then we assemble it all together. If you have some of the circle gems, you can put those in as some embellishments and I have three there 'cause I like to do my embellishments in threes, and then I add my title with my letter stickers and that is it. The next project that we're going to work on is a project where we stamp with dye ink and then we color inside the image. For this project, you're going to have to make sure that you use a dye ink or a solvent ink would probably work as well, too. However, a pigment ink isn't going to work because the color isn't going to stay when you put the water on it so just make sure you have the right kind of ink for this. The first thing we're going to do is we're going to stamp our image on to a piece of white card stock. You don't have to use card stock, you can use regular watercolor paper as well but I just use card stock 'cause that's just what I had on hand. After you've stamped it, you can take some water color pencils and they're just like pencil crayons and I'm just gonna color in the image and you shade it whatever way you want. You can blend the colors, and then you can take a water pen or you could take a paint brush, just wet it and you just basically go over that again and you'll see that the colors all blend together and come all watery and it looks just like a watercoloring. Very easy technique. So, once we have all of our images stamped, we are going to create this layout and what I did was I just used a circle cutter to cut out a bunch of different sized circles that basically were outside of the image that I had so whatever image you have, you know, you'll use different size circles. If you don't have a circle cutter, you could trace some with different sized cups or that kind of thing. You don't have to do anything fancy. I have taken these and then cut out and then basically you attach the orange card stock to the bottom of the blue card stock just like in the photo here and then we add the photo and then you just add on the circles and your title with your chic board letters. Once again, you can use whatever colors and whatever materials you want to do your layout. Moving on to the next layout and this one, we are going to spray on some watercolors. Just kind of spatter them and it creates a neat looking background that you can use up in small portions like we've used here or you could cover your whole background like this. You can use any kind of watercolors you want. I'm using some that are in tubes. They are very concentrated and you're only gonna need a little tiny bit of it so they last absolutely forever. You could also try this with other kinds of paints. You could use diluted acrylic paints. You could use your kids' tempera paints. Once again, you know, just take this technique and try it with whatever you have and I'm sure you'll come up with a great looking project as well. To start, I cut my white card stock into six rectangles that are 3 inches by 4 inches. You can cut them whatever size you want. I then spritz the card stock with water and you're gonna notice that your card stock is gonna buckle and kind of curl up a bit. Don't worry about that at all. After, we can flatten everything out. What we're gonna do now is you're going to take your paint and apply it to your brush and I've used a very dilute concentration, just kind of have a light washing of color and you just apply that over all your card stock and then you can take some paper toweling and just blot away all of the excess paint before it soaks into the card stock. You can let that initial painting dry and what we're gonna do next is you could take the same color of paint or you can even use a different color of pain if you wanna have a color scheme that's not as tone on tone as I've done here and, basically, you put a lot of paint on your brush and then you can take your finger and just kind of splatter, spray this paint all over the card stock that you've painted and it kind of gives it a sprayed watercolor look. If you don't wanna have paint all over your fingers, you could put on some latex gloves or something to do this but, it is water color so it washes off very easily so that's the great thing about using watercolors. So I've just repeated this with six different colors of paint to create this six-colored background that we have on the layout here. You're gonna need to give those pieces of card stock a little bit of time to dry and they may warp but don't worry about that. You can always just place them under a book for a little bit and they'll flatten out quite easily. Now, we are ready to put together our layout and you can see that I have just taken these colored rectangles and I've placed them on the center of the scalloped white card stock. I left a little bit of space in between each of them. If you have a corner rounder, you could round off some corners. If you don't have one, don't worry about it at all. It looks about the same without the corners rounded anyways. Place your photo and your title on to that color block area and you can journal around the blocks of color if you like, just like I've done on my layout. Last thing we're gonna do is we're just gonna mat that whole thing on to another piece of black 12 X 12 card stock and that's it. very, very simple. Moving on to the next layout, we are going to try a couple different techniques on this layout and one of them is we are going to drip some watercolors to create different kind of unique background. It'd be great for a pool layout or any kind of, you know, water play kind of thing 'cause it does look exactly like water drips and the other thing we're gonna do is we're gonna play with some water color crayons, just another way that watercolors come and just showing you how to use those. So, we're gonna get started. If you don't have the right kind of watercolors, you could use any kind of watercolors for this, or even some diluted acrylic paint, so, you know, improvise with what you have. For this layout, we're gonna start with our embellishment that we're creating for the page and I've just taken some white card stock and I'm applying a rub-on. A great way to dress up your rub-ons is to actually color in them and you could do that with pencil crayons or water colors like we're doing here or markers or anything like that. So, once I've got my rub-on applied to my card stock, I've just taken my water color crayons and I color lightly in the areas that I want to have colors. Lastly, I'm taking my water pen and I'm just going over that, similar to what we did with the watercolor pencils and when you put the water on it, it gives this blended watercolor kind of very pastel look to it. Very, very pretty. The watercolor crayons have a little tiny bit different texture to them which looks kind of unique. We're just gonna have to let that dry so you can set that aside just for a little bit. The next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna take another piece of white card stock and we're gonna trim it to 10 inches by 9 inches, just so we're-- just watercoloring in the amount of paper that we need so we're not wasting anything. I'm starting out by spritzing the paper. You don't have to do that if you don't want to. It just kind of gives it a more watery look. You can try with spritzing or without spritzing, or you can even spritz after you water color if you want. So we're gonna put some paint on our brush, we're just gonna cover the entire background of the paper and then we're gonna take a paper towel and blot off the excess paint before it soaks into the card stock too much and this will keep it from warping and buckling too much. Another option you can try is to put some kosher salt on to your watercolored background and just let it stay there as it dries. The salt absorbs the paint and kind of gives it a very unique look. Now, once that dried, or almost dry and once again you can use your heat gun if you want to speed up the drying process for this, you can take some more paint and make it very dilute this time so that it's very drippy and we're just gonna drip and splatter that all over the background and then you can let that dry. To put our layout together and, as you can see, all the layouts I've done here are very simple. You can adjust them anyway you want. We're going to take a piece of white card stock and cut it to a half-inch by 12 inches and another one to a half-inch by 6 inches and then we're gonna use a corner rounder and trim one corner on the orange card stock and the smaller strip of white card stock and then we're gonna cut around our rub-on image to make our embellishment and we're just gonna assemble the page as we've seen here. I've then used some other rub-ons to apply some journaling on to that blank area on the background and that is it. This next layout that we're going to do has, once again, a couple different techniques on it. One is a stamped watercolor resist so we're going to be stamping and embossing and then doing a resist technique with that and then another technique that we're gonna show is using a sponge to create kind of a textured, different pattern with the watercolors and then, once again, you could use any paints for this. However, the watercolor resist does work really good with the watercolors and not as good with the paint, acrylic paint, but you can try it if you like. To get started with this layout, we're gonna take the stamp that we have on our background and I've used a few different stamps here but you could use whatever ones you want and we're just gonna stamp those with VersaMark ink, or any kind of embossing ink and then we put some clear powder on and then I've just heat embossed it to melt that in and make it very shiny and embossed. If you don't have clear embossing powder, you could try a color one as well but the resist kind of does look really good with the clear embossing ink and the clear embossing powder. So next we're going to spritz our card stock and you can do that if you want or you don't have to do that and we're going to apply the watercolors across the page and I've chosen three different colors here. I've got a blue, a yellow, and a green, and I've kind of blended them over the card stock piece. As always, I've taken a piece of paper toweling and I'm just blotting off the excess paint. Next, we're gonna take another piece of card stock and we're just gonna paint over the corner and we're gonna kind of make our sun this way so, you know, estimate the size that you want your sun and just paint that area so that you're not wasting any of your card stock, and then you can take a darker color of the same one or a different color and we're just gonna apply that watercolor to our sponge and basically what I did was I just dipped my sponge right into my watercolor on my palette and I'm just taking it and I'm just sponging it and applying it over that other area and you'll see that it gives you a very unique textured look. Definitely something that you couldn't achieve with a paintbrush. Okay, now, everything's dry and we're ready to assemble our layout. I take the orange painted card stock and I kind of cut it into a quarter circle to make my sun and then, with the little bit of extra pieces, I've cut some small triangles and these are gonna be the rays and I've just machine stitched around this semi-- the quarter circle for the sun but you don't have to do that or you could hand stitching if you want. Attach this to my layout with some foam adhesive or pop dots. That just kinda gives it a little bit of dimension and pretty much basically I've just taken my photo and added it to the background and I've put on my title and journaling and that's it. I've created this great, kind of unique resist watercolored background and a sun that I've made and there you go. Okay, now I've just got a small tag here that were gonna do. Similar technique that we did in the last layout. This one, instead of having a stamped resist image, we're going to use some rub-ons and do a resist with that and I'm just using some leftover rub-ons that I have. You can use a mismatch or anything you want, anything you have. The white rub-ons do work best for this 'cause they do give that great contrast between the color and the white and I'm using some tube watercolors but absolutely any kind of watercolor is gonna work for this one as well. Okay, to start out, I'm just taking a tag and it's just a tag that I bought at Staples or any office supply store, and I'm just taking some rub-ons and I'm just gonna apply it to the tag. Once I've got the rub-ons on, I'm going to spritz my tag to get it wet and ready for the watercoloring. Okay, once we've got our rub-ons on, we are going to take our tag and we are going to apply the watercolor over the top and blot off all of the excess with paper towel. If you want a more intense color, you can keep applying more and more layers of the watercolor and blotting it off. To get another different look, you could even try blending some different colors of watercolors, creating a kind of modeled or marble looking or you could kind of have a blended look like we did on the last page that we did with the same resist technique, totally up to you. Lots of different options for some different looks with this. So you've got it all done and it's dry, we can assemble our tag and embellish it. I've basically just taken some flowers and a clip and some rub-on and, voila, we've got a really cute little tag, just made it with leftover rub-on. Last but not least we are on to our very last project and this one is a small embellishment and we're using a 7gypsies kind of pocket. You could use any kind of embellishment you want, paper embellishment or pattern paper that you've cut into a pocket or a chipboard even, and we're just gonna use the watercolors to distress it. You can use a lot of different materials or paints or dyes or inks for distressing but this time we are going to try it with some watercolors and I've just chosen a kind of rusty brown color. Once again, just use whatever you have, whatever color that kind of looks brownish or a gray, even, or an orange would work probably just as well, too. We're gonna start off with spritzing some water on to our envelopes that we have here and just to get it ready for the paint and it just makes the paint a little bit more dilute. We're going to take our paintbrush and we're going to create a very, very dilute concentration of watercolor. Once you have a good concentration, you can just take the watercolor and put it over the top of your envelope and then we are going to blot off the excess and you can do this 'til you get the concentration and color that you like. I liked mine very light and do remember that when it dries, it looks a little bit different, too, so you can kind of experiment a bit with this. Once it has dried, we're ready to embellish it and I've just stamped a little greeting on it. I've put some pictures inside the envelope and I've just taken a clip and chipboard heart to dress it up so very easy, just little embellishment for your scrapbook page that we've just dressed to make it a little bit more unique and less like you would just buy it off the shelf. So, we customized it with some of distressing. Thanks for joining me with this class. I hope that you learned to think different or just got to play with some different materials and mediums that you usually probably wouldn't go and play with so, you know, keep them by your table and you'll be surprised at how versatile watercolors are how much you can actually use them and they're very cheap alternative, you know, to get different colors in your stamping and to make some custom backgrounds so keep that in mind when you're trying to think of what to do on your next layout, and thanks so much for joining me. Buh-bye.