Monday, February 19, 2018

Watercoloring with CP Inks for Masculine Monday #54

I was having trouble finding my creative mojo the last couple of days so I grabbed some watercolor paper, my brushes and some CP inks and thought I'd just have some fun without a plan.

I started by inking up the trees from the Waterfront stamp set from Stampin' Up. This set has been sitting on my desk just begging to get inky for weeks now. I used Spruce ink, gave it a little spritz of water and then stamped it onto some Canson 140lb Cold Press watercolor paper. Be sure to hold it on the paper for a few seconds so the ink has time to sink into the paper. I repeated the process until I had what looked like a forest.

Next I garbbed a tiny paint brush, some more Spruce ink and added some missing details to a few of the trees. I smooshed some Black Jack ink onto a block, gave it a couple of spritz of water and spread it around the bottom of the trees. I left it heavier closer to the trees and thinned it out as I moved it towards the bottom of the card.

I was liking how it was turning out and thought about stopping but decided to try and add some sky. I reached for Juniper Mist as I thought it would be quite dark but as I blended it out on the paper it was quite surprising. It blended out as if I was using a few shades of blue and even a purple. I thought it looked a little stormy and I love storms so I left it. 

I stamped the sentiment from CP's Faithful Flutterings set with versamark ink onto a strip of Mirror cardstock and then heat set it with some white embossing powder. I did some sponging around the edges and used craft foam to add it to the card base.

I am by no means a watercolor artist, I have no idea what I'm doing. What I do know is that I have a ton of fun when I'm painting. I build up the layers by adding paint, heat setting it and then adding more. I may have said this before but watercoloring is perfectly imperfect which makes me like it even more. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
watercolor paper: Canson Cold Press 140lb
accessories: MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), craft foam (Michaels)


  1. Gorgeous! And you may have no idea what you're doing, but you're still doing it, and doing it well! Love your finished product.