tutorials, Watercolors

How to use the masking fluid in your paintings

Masking fluid is the best thing to ever happen to a water colorist. It protects all the tiny fussy areas that you want to keep unstained with the wash being applied. It also gives you the peace to quickly paint an area that can be quite frustrating to manage with all the tiny details that you want to paint around.

Just like any other medium, masking fluid comes with a few do’s and don’ts and a few tips and tricks can get you to make the most of it.

1. Application:

Keep your good fancy brushes far far away from this bottle. You have been warned!

Use your old brushes that are not in use anymore. There are plenty other things that can be used to apply masking fluid. I usually use skewers, old brushes, tooth picks, old tooth brushes etc.

DON’T leave the bottle open while you’re applying the masking fluid on the paper. Just take a little amount out in a cap or your palette well and use.

If you find your masking fluid a little thick in consistency, just add a tiny bit of water and stir the bottle. Diluting the fluid makes the application easier.

2. Drying:

It literally takes five minutes or so to dry (unless it has been applied thickly, in which case you might need up to 20 minutes), so don’t try to speed up the process by using heat. The fluid will stick to your paper and will tear it when you take it off.

Don’t leave the masking fluid on for too long. I’m talking days and months here. You’ll destroy your painting.

Remove the masking when it is completely dry. Also don’t remove the masking when the paint around it is still wet. Patience is the key here.

3. Removing:

Masking fluid is very easy to remove. You can use a stump or an eraser or simply your finger to remove it.

Masking fluid leaves quite strong, hard edges when it comes off. Unless it is what your painting calls for, you can always soften the edges with a damp brush.

 

Masking fluid is seriously awesome. Once you get the hang of it, you wouldn’t want to work without it.

Have fun !

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How to make a quick and easy Gate fold card

April is a month of many birthdays. I literally can’t keep up with the amount of cards and handmade gifts that I have to make for my friends and family!

Here is a card that I made for a dear friend of mine. I just love the grandness of gate fold cards, so I decided to make one for her.

Here’s how I made it…

You need a deep pink card stock which measures 8 x 5 inches.

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Now score the card at 2 inches and then at 6 inches. Check the picture below.

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Now take 2 mix and match patterned paper. You’ll need 2 for the front flaps and 3 for the inside.

For the front panels cut them out at 1 7/8 x 4 7/8.

The inside slim panels will be the same size as above but a different patterned paper.

Cut the middle panel at 3 7/8 x 4 7/8.

Here’s what you will have once you are done with the cutting.

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Using a strong adhesive other that liquid glue, stick them on the base card.

Your basic card is ready! 😀

Now to make it pretty…

You’ll need a few embellishments … It’s totally up to you how you want it decorated. Here’s how I embellished my card.

I used the same pink card stock to make the flower and the panel. I used metallic silver sheet to add the extra bling to my card.

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And here’s how it looked like when I was finally done jazzing it up!

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And another angle…

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So.. what do you think?

I really hope she likes it… 🙂

Happy crafting y’all!

Sana.

 

Watercolors

How to make beautiful paintings using basic watercolor techniques

What were the most basic things you were taught when you started painting? and if you learned painting yourself, what were the first things you learned or tried?

Primary and secondary colors?

Color wheel?

Textures?

Techniques?

I bet you know these things and they must be second nature to you if you paint regularly.

So, I wanted to go back to the basics and try making artwork using the very basic of colors and techniques.

I tried the cling film technique. Here’s what I did…

I took a heavy watercolor paper and wet it completely using clean water. Then I painted random strokes of magenta, pthalo blue and Cadmium orange on the paper, covering it completely.

Make sure not to let the paint dry.  Work quick. Once the paper is completely covered with paint, put the cling film on and leave it to dry.

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Once the paint is completely dry, remove the film and start looking for any shapes that you can find that were formed with the contact of the film and the paint. You might have to rotate the paper to find them.

Once you find them, start painting around it in a darker color, so that the shape you first found pops up. Do the finishing touches and you are done.

See what my painting turned into.

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Try it. I’d love to see how yours turns out.

Happy painting!

Sana.

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How to make stickers from scraps

Let’s face it…

If you are an active painter, then you would be having a stack of failed paintings hiding somewhere. Similarly, if you are an active crafter, you will definitely have thousands of little scraps left over from the projects you have done. I can not make myself throw away even the tiniest piece of pretty paper… i just can’t.

So what do I do?

I try utilizing them in every way possible. My scrap stash would be the first place I look into to make use of the little bits and pieces. OR …

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I make STICKERS!

I make stickers and I make loads of ’em! They are easy to make and add a cute little dimension to my paper crafts. Here’s how I make them.

You will need:

  1. scraps
  2. double sided tape
  3. paper punches

All you need to do is stick the tape onto the back side of the scrapbook paper like shown below.

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rub it a bit to make sure the adhesive sticks properly. You  can use a wider tape for bigger punches.

Now turn it over and punch out the shapes. It’s THAT easy!

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you can also fussy cut out the shapes from the scrap book paper if it has any.

Now here is how I used my stickers 🙂

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This is a 5 x 4 inch card that I made using the scrapbook paper from my stash. I added a little glitter to the panel on the left. The strip in gold, the little hearts and the butterfly are all stickers that I made using the technique above.

And that’s it!

I hope you try making your own stickers…oh! and you can use them in your planners too… 😀 how cool is that!

Till next time…

Have a creative day!

Sana.