I am going to start introducing you to the pieces in the Documented Faith line by ADORNit. Now that orders are in stores, online and shipping, I want to share with you what I have been doing. Today is about the 12 x 12 Art Play Documented Faith Watercolor sheets.
All of the papers can be colored using several different mediums and then trimmed to create smaller cards.
There are three different patterned 12 x 12's that when trimmed, create twelve 2" x 3" cards that fit nicely into pocket style scrap booking, placed into planners and journals, adhered to the fronts of cards or even matted and framed.
The fourth was designed specially to be used as a traceable for the 2" Journaling Bible margin, can be attached to the page of your bible with Washi Tape, placed in a journal or planner or can be colored, laminated and used as a book mark.
Adding Color I will share with you my favorite things to color with but as always, I suggest using what you have because mostly likely, you already have what you need.
I have a cornucopia of watercolor supplies but I am NOT a watercolor artist. I am coloring on watercolor paper using watercolor "stuff" but I do not have training in watercolors. That is important to tell you because I have heard from many of you "I don't know how to watercolor."
Either do I, so yay!
No skills necessary.
Watercolor Pencils - I have several different watercolor pencils. Some are super cheap and some are more expensive. My favorite are the Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. They also come in a larger set here. They are nice and easy to use, I like the colors and they are nice to hold. That sounds silly, but it does make a difference to me. I also have several of the Derwernt pencils and I mix and match them when I am coloring.
Here is what I have learned about watercolors and papers. There are different types/weights/presses of watercolor paper. The paper that is used for both the 12 x 12 Art Play designs and my coloring book are heavily textured so that makes a gigantic difference. The best advice I can give about using pencils is to NOT BE HEAVY HANDED. Some watercolor pencils are softer than others so more color will be left on your paper on the higher areas if it is textured. I am one that tends to apply too much pressure so as I am coloring I have to remember to be gentle and light with my color. It is what I call "Mindless Concentration" I am relaxed but have to stay focused on what I am doing. (welcome to my brain)
If you are using watercolor pencils, you do not want your paper to be moist when you start. Here is a look at one of the cards I colored using watercolor pencils: You can see the texture really good here and also see how it picks up the color. Note that I added a few different colors of blues with the blues, greens with the greens, etc. I do this before I add any moisture so that it blends as I am adding water.
Watercolor Brushes - Here is where my lack of watercolor skills come into play. I know that there are many watercolor brushes but honestly, I only use one. (this may change over time so don't hold me to this) I use the water brush by Ranger/Tim Holtz. It is perfect for me because I travel alot and they hold water so I do not need a cup of water in front of me. The tough thing is that it is either super wet or just right. I find the rule "less is more" works. Less water means darker color. More water equals lighter color and many times, a mess. You will have to learn the right balance of moisture. This may be the same for other brushes but again, this is where my lack of skills in the watercolor department shows.
IMPORTANT - This is the best piece of advice I can give you: ALWAYS have a paper towel ready to blot. I BLOT A LOT. I blot my brush a lot in between adding water and/or color and I blot the actual paper when it is wet. Speaking of BLOTTING, this is the second best piece of advice I can give you: I also BLOT my brush into the color that I have colored onto the paper. I do not use strokes, I blot/tap or even dab my moist brush into the color to move it around. As I am blotting the color around on the paper, I am also intermittently blotting my brush onto the paper towel to remove the excess moisture and/or color.
You can see in the photo above that I have started to move the color around on the heart and it smooths out. That is what you are looking for. If you feel like the color is not smooth and it is starting to get grainy or that the paper is starting to ball up, STOP. You have too much water either on your paper, your brush or both.
Time to blot, dry and then continue on.
Here is a look at my card as I continue to add moisture:
Once I start coloring, I just keep going because it is quite addictive.
So now what? What do you do with these once they are painted? Well, you can sit and look at them and smile for a bit, which is what I do/did. Like I mentioned at the beginning, you can trim them up, add them to your planners, binders, "pocket style" scrapbooking or matte them. put them in a frame and display them.
To see a list of retail stores that are carrying the Documented Faith line, either click the button on the top of the right side bar or click here.
This concludes my walk you through, talk you through the ArtPlay Paintables.