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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Flesh Tones with Classic Ink

I got this stamp in a dollar bin somewhere. It's labels had been removed so I don't know who made it. It's red rubber mounted on wood and the rubber stains badly. I also had to condition it to get a good stamp impression out of it. All that aside, the girl is cute! Plus, it's a perfect way to show you one hue of flesh tone that you can get out of the Stampin Up Classic ink (pads or reinkers).

I used the pads because a drop of the reinker would be way to much. Squeeze the lids to transfer some ink from the pad to the lid before you open them. For this light skin tone we are using Creamy Caramel and Cameo Coral. Yes, you can mix them to get the shade you want!

Using your water brush, pick up some of the Cameo Coral color and bring it over to the Creamy Caramel lid and mix the colors there. Squeeze the brush a little to add water and thin down the intensity of the ink. Test on a scrap of the paper you will be using. You want a fairly large pool of color to finish your project without having to remix. Mine was the size of a half dollar (spread thinly over the surface of the ink pad lid).

Watercolor as usual, remembering to let it dry before moving on to other colors. You can add additional layers for shadows and straight coral for rosy cheeks. When you finish, use a tissue to clean the remaining mixed color out of your lid to keep pure color in the ink pad.

Paper makes a difference. The first example was on Whisper White and this one is on Watercolor paper. Biggest difference, stamped image and the watercolor paper seemed to absorb more of the color than the Whisper White. Which makes sense.

Her hair uses Summer Sun, Crushed Curry (perfect mid tone) and More Mustard. The deepest shadows were added with Really Rust and I blended the yellow and red with Creamy Caramel.

Finally I added shadows to the white with Brocade Blue.

Ok, it's your turn. Show me your water colored images!

1 comment:

  1. You are quite the watercolor artist, my friend! Just cute and so well done :-)


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