I have always loved illustrating and though I did stop drawing sometime during high school and college (I was drawing mostly anatomy then… hardly fun.. haha), it came back to me naturally when I picked up my pencil again and it’s been a fun journey. I love to work with my hands and have been binding journals, custom wedding guestbooks and custom photo albums besides illustrating greeting cards, custom family portraits, calligraphy work and crafting for my store.
Time is very precious to me nowadays with my darling toddler demanding my attention and I find illustrating/crafting a place of rest for me. I have been a card maker since 2008, a scrapbooker since 2012, a Project Lifer since 2013 and an illustrator since forever 🙂 I really do hope you love my illustrations that was released this month and will love my future illustrations as well.
For my first post, I would like to share how I ink up my images. I used Elephant Hearts and Juggling Bear for this card. There are so many ways to ink up stamped images and although I have used colored pencils, copics and blender pens, recently I love using watercolor on them.
I use Versafine Onyx Black to ink up my stamps and I usually ink up a couple of images at a time. Ever since Ryan came into my life, I cannot predict when I will have the time to craft and so I try to prepare ahead. Besides, I need the ink to dry really well before I use watercolor on them so that works out well.
I use a watercolor brush for convenience. The barrel is already filled with water and all I need to do is to clean the brush on a tissue or cloth to remove the existing color, squeeze the barrel and pick up a new color. I love the soft, translucent effect of watercolor and how easy it is to use as well. A little bit of patience is needed, though. Watercolor will flow and mix if we don’t wait for the initial color to dry first, unless you are blending similar colors like the grey on the elephant. As for the pink on the cheeks and the ears, wait until surrounding grey has dried before applying the color.
Then I fussy cut all the images I have watercolored and keep them in a pile. It helps when Mr. Mojo hits me and I can just pull out the images to use.
I hope that you will try to use watercolor to color your stamped images too. You can get the stamp sets that I used from the Sweet Shop. Remember to follow us on Instagram as well for sweet sneaks and updates. Do connect with us on Facebook and Pinterest too for additional inspirations and fun!
Have a crafty day!