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I honestly don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t love and admire the beauty of Peacocks. Their colors and plumed fan like feathers are absolutely magnificent. When I saw the Stampin’ Up!’s Perfect Peacock stamp I knew I had to have it. I stamped and colored it many, many times and was never satisfied with the results. I couldn’t capture the brilliant colors, until I designed this Perfect Peacock Journal for one of my workshops. I did what I’m calling, “The Block Watercolor Technique!”
The journal I used can be found at any local craft store. These I found at Michael’s and they were on clearance, which made them even more attractive. This journal measures 5″ x 7″ and the measurements I’m providing are for a 5″ x 7″ journal. If your journal measurements are bigger or smaller you’ll have to adjust them. If you need help figuring out the measurements for a different sized journal, just leave me a comment and I’ll figure it out for you. So, let’s get started.
BLOCK WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE:
1. To begin this technique you’ll need a Stampin’ Up! Clear Block “A” The block will work as a stamp and you need to ink it up, by adding the color straight from the ink pads. To do this simply drag the Ink Pads across the block. For the featured peacock I used, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive Ink Pads. The photo to the left shows another color combination. In this combination, I used Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, and Perfect Plum.
2. Before you stamp from the block, spray a few squirts of water on to the block using a Stampin’ Spritzer. Now this can get a bit messy. You now will stamp directly from the inked up block to a piece of Watercolor Paper. You can either flip the inked up block or you can leave the block facing up and lay the piece of Watercolor Paper directly over the block. I like to flip the block, because the colors run and blend nicely this way.
3. Let the stamped Watercolor Paper dry for a few hours or overnight.
CARDSTOCK & CUTTING DIMENSIONS:
1. Tempting Turquoise~ 4-5/8″ x 7″ (Cut two)
2. Night of Navy~ 4″ x 6-3/8″
3. Very Vanilla~ 3-5/8″ x 6″
If your journal has any rounded corners like the sample does, round off the corners with the Corner Punch.
STAMPING & COLORING:
Now you might think this peacock took hours to color and it probably does if you had to color each individual feather. Well, now it’s time to use that Watercolor Paper that was stamped with the block and waiting.
1. Ink up the Perfect Peacock stamp in Memento Ink. With the stamp facing up, lay the Watercolor Paper ink~side down. Lay it over the stamped peacock stamp carefully and with a Bone Folder rub across the back. Now, pull the Watercolor Paper straight up. You can stamp the traditional way by stamping on to the paper, but this way works better because of all the dimples in the Watercolor Paper.
2. Color in to add some depth and details. No need to color everything, because it’s already done. The inked up block took care of that.
3. Once you’re happy with the coloring, carefully cut out the peacock. Cut the peacock away from the flowers. Cut the peacock’s head plume off as well. Put aside.
4. On the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, stamp the peacock in Memento Ink. Color in the flowers with colored pencils or Blendabilities or other alcohol makers, such as Copics.
1. Layer and adhere all the cut cardstock with Multi~Purpose Glue. The glue will hold everything together best. Use the second piece of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock on the back of the journal.
2. Add glue to the back of the cut out colored peacock and place it over the stamped image on the Very Vanilla Layer.
And, now you truly have a Perfect Peacock!
Check back later this week when I’ll share a card project using this Block Watercolor Technique!
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