Watercolor crayons are so much fun! And the look you can achieve on stamps by coloring and spritzing is simply amazing.
How to use watercolor crayons with stamps
Just apply the crayon directly to the stamp (no precision needed here!), spritz with enough water to loosen the pigments, let it sit for a few seconds so the pigments get good and wet and blend-y, and stamp on the paper. I typically hold the stamp down for a few seconds extra so the paper can absorb most of the water.
You can also spritz a second time and get a lovely second, slightly lighter impression from one coloring.
Here's the set I have:
The two stamps on today's cards (Hero Arts, discontinued) are specially made to give a watercolor effect with regular ink, but I much prefer them with watercolor crayons.
Two shades of orange on the petals and brown for the center, and the blending effects are so lovely! What sunshiny results!
Two shades of pink, one each of yellow and green, and what happy results!
Thoughts and Questions
1. Spritzing can yield quite irregular results, whether you use watercolor crayons or markers or regular ink. It's tricky figuring out how much water to put on the stamp--not enough, and there's inadequate blending; too much, and there's an ugly, shapeless blob. That's why I typically use this technique on scraps rather than one-layer cards. Too many times, the one-layer card became scraps after a mess!
2. I have the Caran D'ache 40-color set, and some colors don't seem to react as smoothly with water as others. Also, some colors that appear quite dark show up very light, even with heavy spritzing and extra time to sit, which is weird. This is my experience with the set, and I would love to hear about your experiences with the same brand or different ones. Have you found other brands more consistent from color to color? What other techniques do you use with watercolor crayons?
stamps: Hero Arts, StampinUp (sentiment)
ink: Memento Luxe
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: watercolor crayons, spritz bottle of water