Sorry I skipped this weekend!  We were just doing family stuff and my Dad offered to babysit so we actually went on a date!

Alrighty, this is one that has been asked for several times. I watercolor in a pretty simple way, so I hope this helps! I don’t use anything fancy, just reinkers and a waterbrush. I know I have mentioned this several times before, but I love the Niji Waterbrush. I use the Sm 9mm one. I got mine on ebay, but that seller isn’t there anymore. You can also fine them <here>. And here’s how I get started!

I prefer the Palette Noir ink pad for stamping my images when I am going to watercolor (actually, I use this black for darn near everything). I used to use the Stampin’ Up Basic Black, but it tends to run when you use a waterbrush on it. And – let’s be honest – it’s not black! It looks kinda purple when you stamp it.

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Then when I watercolor – I start by opening my ink pad and dropping a few drops of reinker in the lid. This is very useful because you can store the ink pad with the ink in the lid. The ink stays there – it doesn’t dry or anything. You can re-use it whenever you want.

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From there, I just dip my waterbrush in the reinker. Usually I test it on my scratch paper to make sure it is the shade I want (you can dip in center for more concentrated color and more towards the edges for less color).

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Then just color in your image! I don’t have any real tips on that part. Sometimes I start by outlining the image (when my reinker has the most concentrated color on it) but I didn’t do that this time.

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And that’s it!

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And here is my card using the image:

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supplies: Baskets of Happiness by GinaK Designs; A Muse notecard; white and pretty in pink cardstock; palette ink; close to cocoa, pretty in pink, wild wasabi, rose red and apricot appeal reinkers; niji waterbrush; nestabilities classic circles; dimensionals; pink taffeta; soft sky ink and sponge.

Gina K released NEW stamps tonight! If you missed out on the release party, you can check out the thread <here> to see the fantastic samples the Design Team came up with. You can find her new releases <here> – and she has even debuted a new line of accessories called Bling & Dazzle – what girl doesn’t like the sound of that?!?!