Have you tried Technique Tuesday's new watercolor crayons yet?
I think they are beyond awesome and they are so versatile.
I've discovered a really fun way to use them: Create textured backgrounds with them.
Check out that background behind the guitar. Yep, that was created using one of those magnificent crayons. Here's how to do it.
You will need:
- A Technique Tuesday watercolor crayon in your favorite color (I used Cobalt Blue.)
- An old wash rag (Make sure it's one that is expendable.)
- A square of white cardstock
- A square of burlap (Any local fabric store should carry burlap.)
- Something to protect your work surface
Begin by coloring one side of your burlap square, make sure you color it pretty heavily so that there is plenty of color to transfer.
Place your white cardstock down on your work surface and place the burlap, colored side down, on top of it.
Wet your rag and wring it out so that it isn't too wet.
(Note: The wetter it is, the more your texture will look like watercolor and will blend together. The drier it is, the more of the texture look you will get.)
Place your damp rag on top of the burlap piece taking care not to move it around.
Apply gentle pressure with the heel of your hand to moisten the burlap. Gently lift the corner of your burlap to see where it's at. If it looks too dry, try pressing a little bit harder to force some of the water out of the rag.
Carefully remove the rag and the burlap from your cardstock. It will be wet, so you will need to set it aside to dry. Depending on how much it curls up when dry, you may need to stuff it in a heavy book overnight to flatten it out. Once it's dry, it should look like this.
At this point, you can stamp over it or use it as a background. I finished mine off using the Rock On stamp set.
Experiment and have fun with this. Try using different fabrics and objects for different textures. Try mixing colors on one piece of burlap. Try using a spray bottle instead of a wet rag. There's no limit to what your creativity can do.
We'd love to see how you use this technique. Post a project online and send us a link via Twitter or Technique Tuesday's Facebook page.