Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pretty in Pink Color Burst Tinted Postcards

On a recent excursion to one of my favorite antique stores I was thrilled to find several vintage postcards with ladies in white dresses. This bevy of beauties look gorgeous just as they are, but I couldn't resist adding a blush of pink to their pretty dresses!

I've been wondering how Color Burst would work for hand-tinting photos, so this was the perfect opportunity to experiment. I can't wait to get my hands on the new Fuchsia Color Burst, but in the meantime I was pretty sure that a tiny sprinkle of Alizarin Crimson in a generous amount of water would do the trick. And it did! 
I decided to scan and copy the postcards onto 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolor paper so that I could have several copies to play with and preserve the originals. I used a tiny brush since many of the details were very small. I quickly discovered that the Color Burst flowed more easily if I wet the areas I wanted to tint with a bit of clear water before adding the wash of pink. 

I love how fresh and spring-like the images look with just a bit of pink here and there! This project was so fun and relaxing. I have some plans for these tinted images, so be sure to tune in soon for part 2 of Pretty in Pink with Color Burst

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Color Burst + Gold Resist Canvas

I spotted these gold resist canvases at Joann's last week and I immediately knew they they would be a perfect match for Color Burst!

I spritzed the larger canvas with water, sprinkled on Merlot and Violet Color Burst Powders, and then spritzed again with water. Look at those gorgeous pools of color! To reveal the gold blossoms, simply wipe away the excess watercolor with a soft cloth or paper towel.

For the two smaller canvases I created a wash with a generous sprinkle of Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and some water. I like to mix the wash in a porcelain dish because I can set it aside and reactivate the watercolor later even if it has dried.

Here are the finished canvases! I love the saturated bits of color that result from sprinkling the Color Burst directly onto the canvas. Once again I'm amazed at the versatility and rich pigmentation of these beautiful watercolors. Several new colors are on the horizon so be sure to visit Ken Oliver's blog for updates and lots of inspiring ideas and projects.