In this tutorial, I started out with the idea of green and pink, then added purple, then blue, then a tiny bit of orange. Then I threw in some red and more blue. Here is a pile of some of the paints I used:
FOR THE PAINTING:
- Bristol paper (or thick white cardstock) - I use Strathmore Bristol vellum surface 100 lb (you can find this at Michaels and use a 50% off coupon, or at a reasonable price at nearly every art supply store)
- Watercolor paints (I use several pan sets, as well as tubes of various brands)
- Gouache paints (I use tubes from several brands; one of my favorites right now is Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache in Opera Pink - it's incredibly vibrant)
- Golden Fluid Acrylic paints (all the colors including some shimmery silver, gold and bronze colors)
- Golden Heavy Body acrylic paints in a variety of colors - these go on much thicker than the fluid acrylics
- Pearlescent liquid acrylics (I use mostly Daler Rowney FW in the bottles with droppers, they're really pretty and you can get them at any good-quality art supply store, like Blick or Utrecht)
- Speedball block-printing inks (water soluble)
- Brayer and sheet of thick plastic or a glass plate (a flat surface for brayering the ink)
- Stencils (I use a variety of brands that I've picked up over the last few years from Scrapbook stores and Expos)
- Viva Color Inka Gold Metallic Rub (or other shiny medium)
- Primary Elements artist pigments by Luminarte (I used 'Bolivian Blue' color) - these are fantastic and so shimmery - the color and shine really don't come across in photos but it looks awesome in real life)
- Liquitex matte medium (for mixing the artist pigment powders, though you could probably use a little water or any kind of gel medium)
- Various paintbrushes + container of water and paper towels for blotting excess water
- Pens, such as Sharpie, Montana Acrylic Marker and others, for adding detail to the dried painting
- Newsprint (or other cheap paper) - I use this to lay under my painting to protect my table, and also to brayer off excess paint during the stencil process
FOR THE CARDS:
- Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (you can use a paper cutter or scissors, but I find it is much easier to cut the painting evenly using a rotary mat and cutter - of course I keep my blades separate from the blades I use to cut fabric, just like I have separate fabric scissors and paper scissors)
- Blank cards and envelopes (you can find these at Target, Michaels, Paper Source or other stores and in various sizes, depending on the color, style, quality and cost that you're interested in - I've also created cards before by cutting up pieces of Bristol to fit inside store-bought envelopes. If you're extremely patient and creative you could always make your own envelopes...) For this tutorial I used K&Company A6 Blank Cards & Envelopes from Target - the envelopes are 4.5"x6.5" and the cards are 4.25"x6.25", so I accordingly calculated the size I needed to cut my painting to fit nicely on the cards: 4"x6". These cards are not as thick as I prefer but I didn't feel like cutting and folding a bunch of my own this time. I would probably not use these again but would find something thicker and higher quality.
- Glue, sticky squares or double-sided tape (I generally use double-sided tape but a nice acid-free glue would also work, but cards might need to be pressed for a few hours while drying to keep them from curling)
First thing is to gather your art supplies and get out a blank piece of paper. I started with some watercolor paint and put some brushstrokes down on paper.
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