Sometimes I just want to overlook all the expensive materials and make art frugally. When watching a video about embossing powders I got the idea of using color pencils as a resist for watercolor. So, if you are filled with ideas but hate to see instructions that require special supplies or a wide range of supplies, this frugal version is just for you!
You only need
- at least one colored pencil (basic one, not water soluble)
Frugal Version – Here’s What You Do
1) Grab a paper! I prefer quite thin (90 g/m2, 43 lbs) and smooth papers, but you can choose whatever you like or have.
2) Start doodling with the color pencil. You can use any color(s) you like but using white makes the result especially interesting, I think.
3) When you have filled the paper with your doodling, paint the paper with watercolors. Paint over the doodling! Use a lot of paint as we will wash some away in the next phase.
4) Let dry. Seriously. This is the only step where the patience is required.
5) Let dry!
6) Here’s my example. You can use papers for collages, cardmaking, bookcovers, all kinds of papercrafting!
Here are some of my experiments showing various colors of pens and paints.
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