Using Watercolor with Your Stencils

Hello there, Christine here with tutorial on how to use watercolor with your stencils. There are several ways you could do this and I'm only showing one way today.  I'm using the Large Random Dot stencil to make bubbles for one of the dogs in the Rub A Dub Doggie stamp set.

I had recently seen a video where an artist used masking fluid in their watercoloring to create little effects in the background.  I really wanted to make watercolor bubbles to go with one of the dogs in the Rub A Dub Doggie stamp set.  First I stamped the dog onto masking paper, cut it out and then stamped the same dog onto watercolor paper (Ken Oliver heavy weight watercolor paper) with Lawn Fawn crunchy leaf ink (it is watercolor and copic marker friendly).  I masked the dog, taped the stencil onto the card panel and Fineline Masking Fluid Pen, 20 Gauge (can find on Amazon here) to trace all the circles on the stencil.  You could use a pencil to just trace, but erasing after using watercolor is going to be messier.   Be sure to let the masking fluid dry completely (I left mine overnight just to be safe).

I then used shimmer watercolors that I had purchased from Hydracolour on Etsy and just used the color and water until I was happy with the way things looked.  I had a paper towel nearby in case I had put too much water or color down.

I then let the watercolor panel dry completely, then took off the stencil and used my finger to gently rub the masking fluid off (it comes off really easily).  I added some very diluted blue watercolor between the bubbles (I felt the panel was too white), added some sequins and white gel pen marks and felt it was done.

I decided to copic color the dog because at this point, I still have more control over copics than watercolor!  I removed the mask, used BG11 & BG10 for the tub, E31, E34, E35 and E57 for the dog.  I added the sentiments, adhered it to a cardstock panel (die cut with Catherine Pooler background die) and called it finished!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope that you will try to watercolor with your stencils too!