Many of you know that Margaret Applin and I are great friends who have collaborated on many projects and have shared trade show and travel adventures. Whenever we can, we squeeze in a weekend of play time or planning, or both.
The last time she was here and we had a studio day we worked on a bunch of ideas, some of which you will be seeing before too long, and others that are more long range. One of the best things that came from our creative time was her showing me the technique she developed for using watercolor paints with stencils. Any initial skepticism I may have had was overcome weeks before when she’d sent photos of some of her work. It was clear that the process not only worked, it produced beautiful results.
At first blush the combination certainly seems unworkable; how would anyone use a medium like watercolors with stencils? The key is a big flat brush and discipline. Both will make sense once you have a chance to view the video, but in terms of discipline, you simply need to resist the urge to go over the same area of the stencil more than once. Having made a mess of the first few I tried, I can say from experience that discipline will make all of the difference!
Once I pulled out all of the supplies and began to play my brain began wondering “what if”, as in what if I used watercolors with a Gel Press Plate? Again, not a combination that seems workable, but as you’ll see in the video, if you throw away preconceived ideas about what the results need to look like, I think you’ll find them pretty interesting.
I really like the Zig Gansai Tambi Watercolors and brought in all four sets: 12, 18, 24, and 36 colors. I hope that you enjoy working with as much as I do.
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