Watercolour Techniques using your Distress Crayons - by Elisa

Posted May 21 2016

Hi Everyone, 

Hope you are all having a great start to the weekend...

Before we start i'd like to have a quick chat about Art Journalling, to some it may look daunting perhaps so very different from Scrapbooking and more paper based craft but i would like a chance to change your mind...I find Art Journalling very therapeutic it is a way to practise with techniques you may have seen, products, add elements, collate your favourite quotes, inspiration and sayings and inner thoughts and insecurities. I am going to be completing an Art Journal page or two every month as part of the Design Team and showcase some of the awesome mixed media products from Shop and Crop Scrapbooking, i am sincerely hoping that you will join me each month and perhaps join in by creating your own pages, i would like to get an Art Journal circle going at Shop and Crop, where we each create and share our Art Journal pages each month perhaps with a prompt or theme from either myself or from one of the other design team members... i know the Kylie, Amy and the whole team would love to see them. If you want to join in and don't know where to start contact Kylie or Amy at the Shop to discuss :-) 

Now down to the business of tonight!

I thought i'd pop into chat and add some more photos from the Art Journal pages that were featured here on the blog earlier on today.

So this was my first journal page with the Crayons - Art Makes Me Happy 

I used the Distress Crayons to create a water colour background, firstly i grabbed a bubbles or circle stencil  and i popped it onto my Art Journal page, then i grabbed one of the crayons that i had chosen (purple) and drew a line around the perimeter of the inside of the circle, after that you dip your paintbrush ( i chose a small flat head paint brush) in water and drag the wet paintbrush around in the purple crayon circle to create a perfect watercolour circle! i used this technique over and over around my page in different colours, sometimes varying the degree of intensity of the colour of the circle to create depth. Once the circles are dry i used the crayons again to create the watercolour wash background by drawing with the crayons on a craft mat and dipping my paintbrush in water and dragging some of the crayon colour into the water thereby creating a 'wash'.

Here is a close up...

 

After the watercolour wash had dried i added Colour Blast Paste through a couple of stencils, one is a Flutterby Design Stencil and one is a WOW Words or Whatever Stencil. Add a few sprays of Colour Blast 'Bling' Shimmer Spray and a few Enamel Dots and you are done!

 

Next Art Journal page i created with the Distress Crayons is not titled but has a fantastic saying that i have always liked - Life is like a balloon if you never let yourself go, you'll never know how far you can rise.....

 

 

Firstly i penciled the balloon shapes onto my page, then i grabbed my Crayons and chose a few colours, also you will need a palette and a paint brush and some water!

Here is a close up of the start of my page...

I pushed the crayon into one of the wells of the palette until some of the crayon was left in the bottom of the well, then i added water with a paintbrush to make my own water colours!! Add more or less water to vary the intensity of your colours. You can repeat this technique with some of your other crayons as well, as you can see from the photo below where i sometimes blended two colours in the same segment of the balloon. 

 

Next photo shows the process a bit further along...

 

The colours that you can achieve with the Crayons is amazing! they are very reactive to water so it makes them perfect for blending. You can see from the photo below that i used quite a few colours, segmented some, blended some almost creating a tie-dyed effect which i love.

 

 

After you have finished the balloons, i used a water down blue water colour wash to put my background 'sky' colour in, i also used a cloud stencil with the white crayon to add very faint clouds. I then used a black and white paint marker to add outlines to the balloons and my saying which i wrote around the edge of the large balloon.

 

I usually like adding texture to my Art Journal pages but once the balloons were completed i decided against it, i just loved the look of the Crayons in a watercolour artwork by themselves....

 

I'm going to finish with a sneak peek of another Art Journal page that i am working on at the moment using the Crayons, more of a simple, flowery romantic page....

 

Don't forget to head on over to the shop and get your set of favourite Distress Crayons to have a play with!!! 

 

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to leave a comment if you can, we love hearing from you.. :-)