Sunday, August 31, 2008

September 1st... Dandelion Designs and water brushes

What is a water brush? Well it is a cool little tool that takes your inks, chalks, and watercolors to a new level. They are brushes that contain a barrel that holds water and the water is dispensed by squeezing the pen barrel (gently). The pens come in different size tips.


On this project I used stamps from Dandelion Designs to make a wrapper for some Roca. They have a wonderful selection of stamps check them out and let me know which stamps you'd like and I'll order them up for you! :)

























Start off by inking up your stamp of choice in your ink of choice. The stamp I have here is the Maddy & Pip stamp.












Stamp your image on your paper of choice. I'm using a smooth white cardstock.

SMOOSH... it's a technical term...the case of ink so that you get ink onto the inside cover.























Then you can use your water pen (make sure you unscrewed it to put water into) to swipe across the ink.

















Then you simply paint in your stamped image. This technique enables you to expand your inks and turn them into watercolors. We love perfectly matched colors! :)
You can use the water brushes on chalks and watercolors as well.









To clean off the brush make sure you give the brush a squeeze and wipe it onto scratch paper.





I used glittery chalks on Maddy's dress (notice the shimmer). I also used the glimmery chalks on the leaves. The "ladybug" stamp was used and the flower from it cut out for her hair.

The sentiment stamp "a little something just for you!!!" was also used.

These 4 wood mounted stamps are the giveaway for this first day of National Stamping Month. YAY Thank you to Dandelion Designs! All you need to to is check in under the comments section and 1 lucky person will win this.

AND because it's September 1st we are also shipping the FABULOUS September kit "Wild About..." (pics will be up in the morning)

21 comments:

Penny said...

I've just come here from 2Peas and I didn't know about this stamping event at all! i wasn't aware you could use waterbrushes with chalks either so I've learnt 2 new things today :) That's a very cool effect!

leateach said...

This wonderful! I have seen waterbruhes but was a little unsure how to use them. The stamps are adorable also! I just loved them. :)

:: gingerkitty :: said...

cool really nice... is the website working. I keep getting an error.

Anonymous said...

great tutorial. do you need to stamp the image using stazon ink or something similar so it doesn't run when wet. i also had not thought of using a waterpen with chalks, thanks for the tip. - libby

liannallama said...

Thanks for the tips--I didn't know it would work with the chalks--I especially like the way the sparkle chalks look!

MandieGirl said...

Very nice tutorial...thanks!

Charleen said...

Libby-

I didn't use StazOn here, but I did make sure it was dry before taking the water brush to it. I also stayed away from the lines with the brush a bit...great question!

Suzanne C said...

I didn't know this would work with chalks! Thanks for the tips!

Angelica said...

Excellent tutorial Charleen. I never thought about using the brushes with the chalks. Thanks.

Scrapping Servant said...

I love the glimmer on the dress, thanks for sharing!

Fay said...

Love how you combined the different Dandelion stamps! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Love the glimmery chalks. Dandelion design stamps are just too cute! Great job on the candy wrapper!

naya said...

Great tutorial. Love how you used the Dandelion Design stamps. Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

Love the dandelion stamps - really liking your stamping tips, very cool.

debra lynn said...

The waterbrushes make coloring so easy and clean up is a snap. Wow! And easy on the pocketbook--I don't have to spend a ton of money buying all kinds of watercolor paints because I've already got tons of ink pads! Thank you so much for the tip.

Kacie said...

I have chalks that I wasn't sure how to use but now do! Thanks for the tip and cute ideas

Ethan Mashimo said...

thanks for the tips!

Jeanne said...

I love Maddy. HAve her on order and can't wait to add her to my stamp family! Also am eager to try the painting lesson. And I have to get some shimmer chalk! There goes my pin money!!!!!

Janet said...

I probably missed this already since I just found your site today. Thanks for the lesson and I do love the shimmer chalks!

Ria, Craftyria, Tiggeria said...

Happy Stamping Month!

Those stamps are so very cute! Thanks for sharing the waterbrush technique. I'll be checking back every day this month!

Charleen said...

leateach won the prize for today!!! YAY