Monday, October 19, 2015

Moments Inked: Adding Watercolor to your Planner

Hello there!!  I am so excited about today's post!  Watercolor is a huge trend right now, and one that happens to be one of my favorites.  I was so curious to see how the beautiful linen pages of the PTI Moments Inked Memory Planner would hold up to watercoloring, and I am very pleased with the results!  Keep reading to see for yourself! :)

For this example, I tapped my Hawaiian Shores ink pad on an acrylic block, and used a damp paint brush (a lot of water is not necessary to move the color around) to pick up the ink and dab it on the corner of one of my planner pages.  I did not feel like the color was evident enough for me, so I let the first layer of ink dry, and then went in again using the same method to deepen up the color.  I have found that air drying is best when watercoloring on this linen paper.  As with any most papers, when you add water, you will get some warping to the paper,  but it is very minimal compared to others I have tried.  I found that the paper really warped though, when I used my heat tool to dry the watercolor.  To keep warping to a minimum, air dry. :)

After my watercolor was dry, I used the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set to add a trio of tiny butterflies to the page corner.  I used the Moments Inked: Divided to add some errands to my week.  I added a few additional details using the Moments Inked: Planner Banners stamp set.  I then cut a piece of Hawaiian Shores bitty dot paper to add some interest to a few of the planner blocks and stamped an inspirational sentiment from the A Little Inspiration stamp set.  I added a fun doodle frame too.

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On the opposite page, I did the same technique  on the bottom corner.

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On another page in my planner, I went for a more artsy feel and did a little "ink smooshing" a la Betsy Veldman!  I added Blueberry Sky, Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores ink to a piece of acetate and added a very small amount of water.  I pressed the acetate onto the planner pages, smooshing and moving the  colors around until I was happy with how it looked, and then I left it to air dry.  In the bottom corner, I stamped the paint brushes from the Friendship Jar Fillers stamp set, and I watercolored those with Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Dark Chocolate inks.  I also used the Watercolor Wonder stamp set to add some watercolor-esque stripes in Limeade Ice ink.

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Here you can see the opposite page:

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Since I was having so much fun, I moved onto a page in December, so that I could try other ink colors.  I think it's fun to have these pages ready and waiting so I can fill them in when I'm ready.  For this set of pages, I used Aqua Mist and Winter Wisteria ink (which looks a bit like spilled grape juice on the pages - LOL!), and added some snowflakes and the cute little guy from the Winter Penguin stamp set.

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In all of the watercoloring I have done in my planner so far, I have used the Papertrey Ink dye inks, which give a beautiful subtle wash.  I prefer a pastel wash as to not interfere with my writing in my planner, so PTI inks are my preferred medium in my planner.  It adds a bit of fun without being too busy.  I thought it might be helpful to share a few other mediums with you so that you can also see how they look on the linen paper. 

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Here is the same page, from the back.  As you can see, there is no bleed through and very minimal wrinkling of the paper.  The pen I used to write is more obvious than the watercoloring.

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I hope this post inspired you to add some more color on the pages of your Moments Inked Memory Planner!  If you do, please share pcitures and tag them with #momentsinked so we can see what you've been up to!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

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1 comment:

Gina said...

Girl, you are brave! :) I would've been terrified to put water on my paper. I love the look. That Blueberry Sky, Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores smooshing is so fun. LOL on the Winter Wisteria (spilled grape juice) I wonder which would look more like spilled coffee...Classic Kraft? ;)