Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tutorial: Watercolour Ink Technique

The Studio Calico Mixed Media Class started off today with a bang! 4 tutorials from some awesome scrappy ladies including Celine Navarro, Anna-Maria Wolniak, Loredana Bucaria... (and the fourth person was me! Hee hee!!)

Class registration is going to remain open for another month, so it's still not too late to sign up and get in on the action. Because whilst I can't really show you what I contributed to the classroom, I can hint at some of the goodness you'll find in the class by sharing with you a different tutorial that I've put together using some different mixed media techniques ;-) But trust me, this is just the tip of the ice-berg!

In brief, I had two ideas behind what I wanted to accomplish with this card. One was to put my Silhouette Sketch Pens to good use. I've had these for years now and only used them a handful of times. Shame on me! With the myriad of fabulous digital files Studio Calico release each month I knew I could find some appropriate ones for using with the Sketch Pens. I've chosen the Bluegrass Farm Background Cutting File by Paige Evans for this tutorial.

And the second idea was to try some different techniques with the new Color Theory Ink Pads. Because these are a water-soluble ink I knew it would be possible to create some fun watercolour effects with them in the background of my card, whilst using them in the traditional sense to stamp in the foreground.

So here's the video of my creative journey through these techniques and how I put my card together. Occasionally it's a journey of discovery.... (watch me giggle when I find out that Sketch Pens are water-soluble too!) but overall it was just plain fun ;-)


Here's the Supplies I Used:


  1. Hi loved watching your techniques! I def think I need those ink pads! I really liked the colors you chose

  2. Great video Natalie :-) Must try some of the digital printables soon :-) and use my Silhouette more :-)

  3. That looks so cool... love the effect and such a nice way to use water soluble ink pads too :D

  4. lovely Natalie....beautiful soft colours!

  5. Thanks Natalie! Loved watching this!!

  6. FINALLY got to watching....FUN card...& yes! That's the sort of thing I do!!!!! Looked great all watercoloury:):)!!!!!

  7. Je découvre ton blog et ce que tu fais, et j'adore ton style!

  8. Love the softness of this card. Thank you for sharing a video. I know they are time consuming.

  9. Need the sketch pens now...loved your vid and your card is beautiful..xx

  10. Oh gosh another thing I want to buy now lol...your card is gorgeous!


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