Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is one I shared on my blog back in March for a blog hop with Penny Black. If you missed it then, or just need a refresher course on Stencil Reflection, I hope you'll check it out!
This week we're welcoming a new Platinum Partner Company - Lili of the Valley! You can keep up with their latest news in their brand new shiny forum. Bridget sent me one of their stamps, and I couldn't wait to color him up in celebration. I used a variation on the stenciling technique to create a little shadow for this sweet little guy with a rough cut reverse mask - here's what that looked like:
...and here's the completed card. I cut around 3 sides of the little gift tag so it could pop up at an angle - I love the dimension that adds to cards!
To color the scene I used my new Peerless watercolors, so I wanted to share a little bit about those! I've had them for a few weeks but haven't had a real chance to play with them until today. They are certainly vibrant - with any new coloring medium there's a learning curve, though, so I'll need some more play time with them to really get to know all their fun properties. I went in with a stamping friend to get all the available colors (there are 61 altogether, in 3 separate sets)... this is the assortment, and the vintage sheet music they came wrapped in (so cool!!).
The colors in the Peerless Watercolor system are made with the same mineral recipes that have been used since 1885, and they're presented on sheets of paper fabric - it's such a cool concept. Just a slight touch of a wet brush to the papers will activate the color, and they are super transparent when put to watercolor paper. The pigment has great motion for wet-into-wet painting.
There are a variety of systems being used to store these pretties - most systems I've seen involve a binder or notebook. I really wanted to be able to see all the colors at once, so I upcycled an empty pencil tin and made a gridded watercolor paper insert that would accommodate all 61 colors in small 1" swatches.
Here's what I started with...
...and here is the filled-in tin! (By the way, if anyone would like to use this system and you'd like a copy of the color map shown under the tin below, just let me know!) I love that it's compact and portable, with all the colors showing at once. Click on that picture to get a closer look at some of the surfaces of those swatches - they are so interesting!
Of course, I couldn't leave the tin un-arted - I used a combination of gel printing and collage to cover the labels on the front and the back. The sheet music wrapper was torn, so I didn't feel bad tearing a few pieces to collage in with gel medium, along with the logo sticker that held my order together. By the way, the packaging of the paint sheets is identical to the first publishing, and it's a treasure in itself.