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Monday, April 20, 2015

I Love Watercolor Crayons


 A couple of weeks ago, the challenge for the Documented Life Project was to use watercolor in your journal.  That same weeks a friend at church gave me these wonderful paper napkins.  

As always I separated the white backing from the printed images of the napkin.  I scribbled Lyra Watercolor crayons on a pallet and added a little water.  I used that technique to add orange, yellow and purple to the white layers of napkin and dried them with a heat tool. Next time I will glue the white napkins down and watercolor them on the page because the napkins are way to thin to move when wet.

I used matte medium to glue the yellow and orange pieces of napkin down. Than I glued the printed napkins down from right to left. I had a white spot so I added the purple pieces to the left.  

I have several pieces of sticky back paper that I found in a recycle bin at a print shop years ago. I use a piece of that to back the butterfly in the left upper corner because I wanted it to stand off the page. It works great with napkins because you can just lay the napkin right on the sticky part.  It is stiff enough that I could bind the wings a little to give it a 3D effect.

After everything was dry and sealed with matte medium I went back over the yellow and the orange with more watercolor crayon. I like how I can pick up color on my water brush straight from the crayon and get a really vibrant color.

To add more texture to the page I used a Crafter's Workshop Stencil and embossing paste to make little lines and then gesso and a piece of plastic mesh window screen as a stencil to make tiny white marks. 

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11 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. I LOVE the colours - so vibrant. What an interesting technique. Not sure if I have the correct method in my head yet. Following you from Paint Party Friday.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. You could do the same thing by just painting the colors onto the background and using the napkins. Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

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  2. This is very beautiful Boo. I love my watercolour crayons too, but haven't done this with them. I have loads of napkins, so I suggest to myself to try, hehe. :o) x

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    1. Good to see you over at Moo Mania Boo :o))

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  3. Absolutely stunning creation.
    You have taken napkins to a whole new level!

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  4. a gorgeous creation

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

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    1. Thank you. I really appreciate stopping by

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  5. Beautiful work, thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, Valerie

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  6. So beautiful!
    Thank you for joining us at Moo Mania & More Challenges with it!

    xxx
    Susi

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  7. What lovely colours! Thanks for sharing this with us at Moo Mania & More! :-) Kim x

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  8. Looks great. I love it. Thanks for showing Anneke

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