Colour me pretty

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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.

Build your colour­ing con­fi­dence with scenic stamps to guide you

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