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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Watercolor Techniques and Basics 4 comments  
      

 

Watercolor Basics

Watercolor is made to be mixed with water! Inside the paint tube is concentrated pigment that needs to get mixed with water before you can paint with it. Once you put the paint on your surface the water evaporates and leaves only the pigment. So, the more water you add to your mixture, the lighter it becomes!

 

          

Watercolor Paints

Watercolor paints come in three grades: children’s, student, and artist grade. As you go up in the quality of the grade, the price also goes up. I recommend student grade for beginners. These paints also can come in many forms: dried in a pan, paste in a small tube, or liquid in a glass bottle.

Watercolor Paper

Watercolor paints work best on watercolor paper. This is because watercolor paper lets the paint sit on top of the paper until the water evaporates. This is important because with other more absorbent papers the watercolor will spider web out and be hard to control.

Watercolor Brushes

Watercolor brushes are made to hold a lot of water. They can have natural or synthetic bristles and come in many different shapes and sizes. Brushes are often dipped in a starch-like substance by the manufacturer, which makes the bristles hard to protect their shape and condition. So before you use a brush for the first time, rinse it off with water.

 

 

Watercolor Techniques

Wet Paint on Dry Paper: This technique is done by loading up your brush with watered down watercolor pigment and brushing it evenly across your paper. This is a good technique to use when you want to cover a large area of your canvas with the same shade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt on Wet Paint: Adding salt onto wet paint draws the pigment to where the salt is. For this example I used table salt, but if you use larger salt, such as kosher salt, you will see larger areas of dark spots. For this technique do the same as the wet paint on dry paper and sprinkle the salt on while it is still very wet. After the paint has completely dried you can dust off the salt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stencil: Hold or tape down your stencil. The closer you can have your stencil to the paper the less it will bleed outside of the stencil lines. The less paint you have spread on top of the stencil, the cleaner it will look. Carefully pull the stencil off. You can also wait until the paint is dry before you pull the stencil off.

         

 

Splatter: Start with dry paper and a paintbrush loaded with wet paint. Use your index finger to bend the bristles of your brush and as they go off your finger they will splatter onto the paper (and the area around it). Repeat as many times as needed. This is messy, but watercolor cleans up easily with water!

      

 

Gradient: Make a line of paint that is heavily saturated with pigment. You could also just add paint strait from the tube that has not been watered down yet. Next rinse off your brush and while it still has water on it blend it on your paint line. Rinse your brush off again and blend again moving down on your painted area. Keep repeating this until you have the gradient you want.

         

 

Plastic: Add paint onto your paper and while it is still wet bunch up a piece of plastic and hold it on the wet paint until it dries. This leaves an uneven pattern. This works best when done over a larger area. Thinner plastic works better, such as a grocery store bag or the plastic from your Cherry Box items.

   

 

Blending 2 Colors: Start by painting one of your colors on half of the area you want covered. On the opposite side paint the other color until it is just barely touching the first color. Rinse out your brush and with water still on it gently blend the two together.

       

 

Dry Brush: Although this technique is called dry brush, it is actually bad for your brushes to be 100% dry before you add paint to them. This is a tip for all types of water-based painting; always dip your brush in water before you add any paint to it! To achieve this look you just dry off most of the water from your brush before you dip it in the paint. You also only add small amounts of paint at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wet on Wet: For this technique you first brush over your paper with water. While your paper is still wet dip your brush in the paint and lightly press it on your paper. It will spider web out across your wet area.

      


There are plenty more techniques you can try out with watercolors. They are such a fun medium to play with! Tag us in your watercolor projects on social media and post them in our Project Gallery. We love to see what you create!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Jess




 


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Friday, June 26, 2020

Fun With Folios  
      

 

 

Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Today, I’m sharing a look at the new Photoplay Folio and the Pinkfresh Studio Let’s Stay Home collection with this finished Pandemic Folio that I’m using to document the changes that our family has made and will continue to make in the light of this new world we are experiencing.

 

Let's Stay Home Pinkfresh Pink Fresh Lets Stay Home

Assembly of this fun folio is super easy thanks to the detailed instructions that accompany it. Once I had it all together, I just started layering in the patterned papers from Let’s Stay Home to add a bright, happy color scheme that brightens my day just looking at it!

 

 

Inside, there are several pockets and a waterfall included already in the design, so I added an assortment of inserts and large tags to fill all of those spots as well as some additional pockets from the Let’s Stay Home collection. These will hold photos and journaling about our day to day life stuck home together!

I’ve lightly embellished each of the pages and inserts so as not to overwhelm the small mini album. Each tag and pocket will hold photos and stories.

The waterfall insert in the center is my favorite part! I used Velcro 5/8 circles to secure both the outside strap, this waterfall strap, and the closure on the large envelope. This keeps it from getting caught on other pieces.

This big envelope in the back holds a surprise! I created a notebook from white cardstock with extra photos and journaling spots tucked inside.

I hand-stitched the binding on this notebook using the We R Memory Keepers Paige Evans’ binding tool and it’s such a neat little secret to add in!

I hope this little folio packed full of fun details and interactive pages inspires you to try your hand at Photoplay’s Folios too! If you’d like to see this little album flipped through with a short explanation, check out the video below:

 

Laura Alberts, Design Team

 


 


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #178  
      

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #178 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 1000 Cherry Points! All other participants will receive 100 Cherry Points. You have until midnight (11:59 pm EST) Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to post your project. See Terms & Conditions.

 

Don't forget to visit our Contests & Challenges forum on our Message Board for even more inspiration!

 



 

Last Week's Challenge #177 Winner of 1000 Cherry Points!

       

 Congrats to lissahope26!

 


Becky Fleck, founder of PageMaps.com, created a free resource providing distinct, original sketches that help papercrafters spend less time planning their pages and cards and more time scrapping them. Becky is the editor of Scrapbook & Cards Today, one of Canada's favorite craft magazines. She also designs for a number of your favorite paper crafting brands. You can find many more of her sketches by visiting PageMaps.



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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters

 

Hello Cherries! Sara here with you today sharing one of my very favorite products in the shop - Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters project pads. I ordered two to try and then ordered all of them. They are all different, so you won't be ge...

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Father's Day Layout and Free Cut File!

From our June Guest Designer, Lacey

Hello everyone! Today I have a layout to share with you that I created for A Cherry On Top, a process video AND a FREE Cut file! So lets get started.

This month I’m the guest designer for A Cherry on Top and I was able to choose some p...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #177

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #177 Project Gallery. One random winner wil...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

5 Reasons to Create a Travel Mini Album

 

Hey Cherries! Natalie here this week with a pocket page spread in my beach vacation mini album. I'm going to give you a few reasons why a travel mini album is a good idea!

I know many people have a history of creating albums in a certain w...

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #176

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #176 Project Gallery. One random winner wil...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #175

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #175 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Meet our June Guest Designer! 3 comments

Introducing, Lacey Gasper

 

1. Describe your crafting style.

Artistic. I love experimenting with new techniques and product, as well as always looking for new trends in design and to other industries for inspiration. I love white space, but I am never afraid ...

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Monday, June 1, 2020

June Blog Hop 31 comments

We are celebrating June by having a Blog Hop! Our design team members have created layouts using the new Flutter & Bloom collection from Catherine Pooler! Visit each blog post and comment for your chance to win a $10 ACOT gift card! (Comment on this...

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