WHAT I MADE / tiny halloween watercolor gift tags
I found this water brush one day at Joann's and out of curiosity (and a decent sale) added it to my cart. Once home, it sat unused for quite some time (part of the problem with buying a bunch of new stuff all at once-- something is bound to get ignored). I watched on YouTube how use one, but I still didn't quite get it. In one video, a crafter put Tim Holtz Distress Inks on a palette and then used the water brush to paint with them. She filled in stamped images on a greeting card. It seemed easy enough.
One night I stamped out a couple of things, put some ink on a palette and tried coloring in the image. it worked amazingly good. I was shocked. Usually I'm not very skilled with a paintbrush, but this was fun. I was hooked.
I took the water pen with me on vacation accompanied only by a cheap set of watercolor paints and little business card sized watercolor paper (bought from here and leftover from when I used to hand-dye all my biz cards). One afternoon, I just sat down and starting "doodling" with the water brush and watercolors. Simple designs at first, like stripes and polka dots. I incorporated it into my daily weaving a few times to get the hang of it (here, here and here). By the end of the trip I had painted a tiny portrait of my husband and a still life of my flask. Who the hell was I? I'm not a painter!
Oh, but this GD water pen makes me one. It makes me want to paint all the things, all the time! I used the tiny business cards to paint some little Halloween-y things. Just to experiment at first, but then later to create some tags and journaling/scrapbook elements. These are great little pieces that are easy to crank out in a single sitting AND because of the minuscule amount of water that is used, they dry relatively quick, making layering super easy. My little cheap watercolor kit (from here) had enough different shades of orange to make it fun (I'm thinking just orange and black could get real boring real quick otherwise). This thing is certainly going to come in handy for last minute gift wrapping. The ability to whip out the perfect tag for any color scheme in less than five minutes is a GAME CHANGER.