For my ATCs this month, I used the background ink techniques I learned in Peggy's class. Note: Be careful with the inks, they will stain. I worked in the kitchen close to the sink. :o)
- Run water over watercolor paper, shake off excess and then lay on paper towels to dry. If the paper is curled after it dries, place heavy books on it overnight to flatten.
- In an aluminum pan, spritz water onto watercolor paper. Squeeze a few drops of color. The color will spread in the water. Tilt paper around to allow color to spread over paper. Once you see how the color spreads, you can decide if you want to spritz more water. NOTE: You can also start with dry paper and then spritz.
- Add second color. Tilt paper around to allow colors to mix and spread over paper.
- Repeat for third color. For the red background, I started with yellow, then orange and then red. For the blue background, I started with blue, then violet, then yellow. Be careful not to over mix or you will have all one color. If you miss an area, use your finger or a paint brush to move color to that area. You can also leave areas untouched. The fun in this technique is that it is different every time it looks really cool!
- Allow to completely dry. If the paper is curled after it dries, place heavy books on it overnight to flatten.
- Cut to ATC size - 2.5" x 3.5".
- Use quill pen and black ink to draw images. Allow to dry.
- Use white pen to add highlights.
Inks: India Inks blue, violet, yellow, orange, red, and black
Accessories: quill pen (the kind without a refill), Sharpie white paint pen
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!