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Watercolor Arrows


The December Challenge is all about Watercolors … so I decided to play with my Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel and the BasicGrey Two Way Arrows Stencil.  I started by cutting a piece of Watercolor Paper in half, and taped down my stencil on all four sides (I tape it to my work surface as well to minimize movement).  Look at all of the colors you get in the Watercolor Wheel.

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For my first attempt (on the right), I used two shades of blue paint and as little water as possible (to try to minimize the paint running under the stencil).  It worked better to get the paint on the end of the paint brush and sort of *pounce* it into the paper.  For my second piece (on the left), I alternated between blue and red paint to produce a more gradient color effect.  One trick for getting the stencil image possible is to use your heat gun to dry the paint before removing the stencil from your paper..  You can also dab any remaining wet spots with a paper towel.


Since the lines on my blue stenciled design were a bit more crisp, I went with an over-all graphic design inspired by this Spring Outfit by Balmain at the Runway Inspired Challenge.


I used lots of straight lines and a bold straight-font sentiment from Hero Arts Yay!



Did you notice that the corner on the top right of my second attempt got a bit messy? … I call that an *embellishment opportunity*.


I lined-up scraps of purple paper with the the lines in the stencil, and then trimmed the edges into triangles.  Since this stenciled watercolor had a softer feel, I used a more flowy font from Messages with Flourishes.

Remember how fun playing with watercolors was in grade school? … well it’s still just as much fun as an adult.  I can’t wait to see what you create for our December Challenge.

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8 thoughts on “Watercolor Arrows

  1. I love how you used your water colors and stencils, Stef! Two beautiful cards!

  2. these are so coo! I can’t seem to get a good stencil and watercolor look, but these are gorgeous!

  3. Stephanie, these are awesome…I actually had no idea that Hero Arts had their own watercolors. Pretty cool

  4. So many great tips and hints! I LOVE creating with watercolors and look forward to using my same Hero Arts Wheel VERY soon! Great post!!!

  5. PS: The “Purple” card is calling my name….love how the colors combined with the water…..beautiful!

  6. Really loving the texture and depth in your cards Stef! The first one is perfect for the Runway Inspired Challenge 😉 Thanks for playing along!

  7. Your watercolored backgrounds are gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway!

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