Hi friends! I have a new video over on the Pinkfresh Studio YouTube channel showing the new Liquid Watercolors which will be coming soon from Pinkfresh Studio, paired with the Camellias Press Plate (PFS | SSS) that I illustrated for the December 2023 release! In the video, I show how to achieve a semi-no line colored look with Better Press plates by “stamping off” once and using the residual ink to create a subtler lined image.
Watch video above or HERE on YouTube.
In case you can’t watch the video, I started my project by inking up my Camellias Press Plate (PFS | SSS) with Pinkfresh Studio Detail Black Ink (PFS | SSS) and running it through my Better Press machine (PFS | SSS | SB) with a panel of letterpress paper with the ink at full strength. Without cleaning my Press Plate, I placed an A2 sized sheet of Pinkfresh Studio’s new watercolor paper (to be released soon!) on the platen and ran it through a second time, this time impressing only a shadow of the ink onto the paper, similar to the lighter version one can achieve with the “stamping off” technique using photopolymer stamps. This lighter outline worked nicely with the softer palette in the new Pastel Liquid Watercolors (also coming soon!)
One tip that I did want to share: After some experimentation, I found that the new Liquid Watercolors worked most effectively when paired with the Pinkfresh Studio Detail Black Ink (PFS | SSS). While the Better Press inks from Spellbinders are waterproof and can be used for watercolor, I found that the liquid watercolors were drawn to the ink and were a bit unruly, causing feathering and other undesirable reactions. It’s wonderful that the Pinkfresh Studio Detail Black Ink (PFS | SSS) works so nicely with the Press Plates!
After I had created my letterpress image, I used Lilac, Slumber, and Sage liquid watercolors to watercolor the camellias and foliage. I was able to use only three colors due to how easy it is to create consistent custom colors by measuring the drops of your liquid watercolors! I created a lovely lavender-blue shade by mixing three drops of Lilac with one drop of Slumber, as well as a pretty teal by mixing three drops of Sage with one drop of Slumber. I think it would be such fun to experiment and create a whole “recipe book” filled with unique watercolor mixes!
Once I had finished watercoloring the image, I die cut it using the Camellias coordinating die (PFS | SSS) and turned my attention to the background. I used the Ornate Trellis Press Plate (PFS | SSS) as a “debossing folder” by running it through my Better Press machine (PFS | SSS | SB) without any ink on it! I simply placed the plate on the magnetic sheet of my machine, then added the A2 panel of Better Press Porcelain paper (PFS | SSS | SB) to the platen and ran it through my machine. The pattern was debossed on the paper, creating a lovely subtle texture for the background. To emphasize the texture a bit more, I blended Soft Lilac and Slumber inks around the edge, splattering the entire panel with some blue violet metallic watercolor.
After I had created my background, I popped up the finished watercolored camellia die cut with foam adhesive. I added a sentiment from the Favorite Things Sentiments Better Press Plates ( PFS | SSS), which I pressed with black ink and die cut with the Favorite Things Sentiments coordinating dies (PFS | SSS) and popped up with a double layer of foam tape for extra height. Finally, I added a smattering of Lilac Clear Drops (PFS | SSS) for some shine!
Well, that’s all for my project today! I am very excited about these new Liquid Watercolors from Pinkfresh Studio. They coordinate beautifully with the exceptional Pinkfresh Studio Dye Inks, so it will be such a pleasure to be able to match my watercolored images almost exactly to the inks! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!