Coloring with any medium takes time, especially when you layer up colors. Save time with this simple coloring hack.
Time Saving Simple Coloring Hack
Do you remember that cooking show Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee? Sandra combines fresh ingredients with premade store-bought items. This time-saving simple coloring hack is a bit like semi-homemade cooking. So how can you save time? Don’t start from scratch.
Instead of stamping on white cardstock, stamp on a gel print or some other type of paper that has a bit of color. What backgrounds do you have laying around? Think gel prints, ink smooshing, watercolor, etc. You know you have them!
The type of colored paper you use may determine what coloring medium you can apply. For example, while you can’t watercolor on non-absorbant Yupo paper, you could use acrylic pens.
As you can see above, I stamped on gel prints created with acrylic paint and 80 lb cardstock. The acrylic paint allows the cardstock to hold up to more water. And, matte acrylic paint, will actually absorb a bit of water.
Introducing Kris Lauren
Kris Lauren, of Pretty Little Lines, is Colorado Craft Company’s newest illustrator. Kris describes herself as “an illustrator, who loves to make graphics that help others make cool creative projects”.
Teacups & Mice Card
Coloring is all about layers. So, you might have guessed that stamping on backgrounds saves time by providing a base layer of color. Of course, you’ll want to choose your base color or background wisely. For this card, I chose light pink and peach colors for the mouse and flower teacup.
Use textured paper to your advantage. Here the texture of the gel print added to the texture of the mouse fur. Especially on her left ear and forehead. I opted to color the mouse and teacup with Distress Crayons. They blend beautifully and don’t require much water.
To finish off the card, I created two new gel prints with Prussian Blue acrylic paint. One on cardstock and one on an old book page. In addition, to gel printing, I did a bit of finger painting for more texture. A scrap of book paper grounds the teacup and mouse images.
Save more time by coloring the centerpiece but, not the supporting elements. The LOVE letters are cut from a piece of paper I used to clean off my brayer. And, the envelope is cut from the same gel print I used for the teacup card.
I inadvertently added color to the background by dry embossing with a dirty stencil. The stencil transferred dried-up alcohol ink to the background. Fortunately, the colors coordinated so I went with the happy accident.
To incorporate the white background, I highlighted the letters and envelope with a white Posca acrylic pen. I stamped the gnome on a gel print, then watercolored it with Distress Crayons. Including Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw, Milled Lavender, Tattered Rose, and Tea Dye.
Use a craft knife to carefully cut along the envelope opening. Make the cut slightly wider than the O and slide the O into the envelope. For added interest, pop up the O with foam squares.
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