Colour me pretty
I’ve been given a set of watercolour paints, and would love to paint my own cards, but I don’t feel confident enough to create my own scenes. Are there any stencils that would help with the shading? Anne Holmes, Leeds
Becky: You can achieve some beautiful effects when using watercolours with a little practise. The nature of the paints means they’re best used in a wet form so I wouldn’t recommend using them with stencils as it can be difficult to prevent bleeding. However, if you are nervous of painting your own designs then I would suggest stamping your outline with waterproof ink such as Ranger Archival Ink and using your paints to colour. There are many scenic stamps to get you started, such as Clarity Stamp’s Cottage and Hedge stamps (available from www.claritystamp.com), which features line art that indicates where shading is required. Practise on scrap card to perfect your watercolouring technique.
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