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Watercoloring Tools


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I have quite a few new customers who are naturally not sure which products to buy  for coloring in some of Stampin’ Up!’s line art images.  I was going to incorporate some watercoloring tools into the stamp club projects for February to demonstrate their many uses…but it just didn’t work out for this month. So instead of waiting yet another month, I decided to demonstrate some of these products here.  Now, I’m going to share with you one of my deep secrets…


I’m not great at watercoloring and I don’t demo it often because of that fact.  In fact, it’s not my favorite thing to do.  Whew!  I don’t know if I feel better now that you know or worse…

Regardless of this fact, I’m going to show you a set of 5 cards that I made, all using a different coloring technique and the cast of products used.  Here we go…

No matter which method you choose, you are going to want to stamp your image with Stazon ink or Basic Brown ink!  These inks are waterproof and will not bleed when colored on.  This is most important!  For these cards I used Basic Brown.

Method #1:  The first image uses my favorite products for coloring in images:  ink pads and AquaPainters

I find with this method, I achieve the best blended look and it’s fast.  I start with the lightest color (in this case I used Pretty in Pink) and load the AquaPainter with ink from the inkpad lid.  Now with light colors I like to add a drop of reinker to the lid for better color:

You then paint over the entire area of your image and allow to dry.  Choose a darker color to load up your AquaPainter with for shading (in this case Real Red) and only paint over a portion of the image and again allow to dry.  You could do a darker color still for more dimension but I usually stop while I’m ahead at this point.

Add accent colors where necessary, allow to dry and you’re done!

Method #2 – Another favorite way of adding color to images is using our Wonder Color Crayons with an AquaPainter.    The reason I like the crayons is because they are fast, reliable and they come in Stampin’ Up!s 48 standard colors.  Basically, you can’t screw up with these wonder babies!

After stamping your image and allowing to dry a bit, color in a bit of the area to be covered with scribbles of crayon.  Brush the clean AquaPainter across your image, and the crayon will blend as you go.  Allow to dry and color in a small portion of your image again with a darker color.  I didn’t do that here – don’t ask me why…

Method #3 – my third favorite method is coloring in images with chalk which is our Stampin’ Pastels. They also come in our 48 colors and  I will use this when I’m not looking for any shadowing and the image is relatively small.  You wouldn’t want to color in a whole whale with chalk pastels!

Stampin’ Pastels come with tiny applicators that are great for getting into small areas like this cup handle.  And the great thing is, if you do happen to color outside the lines, they also come with a white eraser that removes the unwanted color amazingly!  Fool proof!

Method #4 – another method I will use sometimes involves the Wonder Color Crayons again with blender pens.  I only use these products together when the image is tiny and I want to use several colors. 

The mug image used here is larger than what I usually use blender pens with, but I wanted to stay consistent so you could see all the finer details between methods. Again I added color with the lightest crayon and blended through the entire image with my blender pen.  Add a darker color crayon where you want shadows and blend with blender pen again.

Method #5 – this method I very rarely use.  Only when my images are again small and my Stampin’ Pastels happen to be sitting on my work table, will I use this method.  But I’m here to give you options!!

Touch your blender pen tip into a corner of desired color pastel.  Roll tip around a couple of times and then apply to your image as if using a marker. 

There are a few more tools for coloring in images like markers and watercolor pencils, and experimentation is key.  Everyone seems to have a favorite method that they are comfortable with so get out your tools and get coloring!






  1. Rebecca S. says:

    Great demo on use of coloring techniques’, I too am not a fan of coloring in images.. I some times pull out my SU markers to do the trick.. Great job..

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