Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Using My Hoard: Watercolor Crayons

Note: Reader Amy asked about how I organize my inks. I did a post HERE on the subject, but I've changed inks quite a bit since then. I'll take some pictures and do another post in the next few days to show the updated hoard, but the gist of the system is covered on that previous post.

Some products in the Use-My-Hoard challenge are no-brainers. While I might not use watercolor crayons all that often, they are delightful, easy, and a bit unpredictable. In other words, watercolor crayons are FUN!!!

To use watercolor crayons, you simply color them onto a clean, dry stamp, starting with the lightest color and moving to the darkest, then spritz with water (2-3 sprays with a mister will usually work), and let the stamp sit wet for a few seconds as the pigments dissolve. Stamp the image onto heavy card stock or watercolor paper. (I use Papertrey white, and it doesn't buckle.) Depending on the color saturation, sometimes you can mist the stamp again and get another good impression, though slightly lighter than the first.

There's Wink of Stella on the flowers, though it's hard to see even in the close-up. I used a light hand since adding a liquid to watercolor crayons can make them run or smear. Be careful to let the watercolor dry before adding anything over it.

Two Variations with Watercolor Crayons
  1. Shade as I did above with a light and dark shade of the same color. (I used two shades of pink and two shades of green.) No need to be terribly precise, either. It adds some depth to the image.
  2. Spritz with Glimmer Mist instead of water for a shimmery finish.
And that's all I have to say about that.

stamps: SU, Clear and Simple Stamps (sentiment)
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey White
accessories: watercolor crayons, dimensionals, silver metallic marker, clear Wink of Stella pen


  1. I took a class that used water color crayons. I loved it. I saved up my pennies and waited for a good coupon at Michaels to buy a nice sized set. I have tried to used them three times and do not get good results. I've been so disappointed. I think your tip of misting and letting it sit a few moments before stamping might help. Can't wait to try that.

  2. This is gorgeous! I'm afraid I have been neglecting my crayons.


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