Beautiful Spotlight Technique With Watercolor Pencils

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I love this easy "shortcut" method of watercoloring called the Spotlight Technique! I will walk you through the technique with step by step on how to watercolor with the watercolor pencils.  These pencils have been a HUGELY popular and are currently on low inventory status.  Once they sell out we will not be getting more inventory until April so order yours today here!

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This beautiful floral scene is actually preprinted designer paper called "Inside the Lines". It is available FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! purchase through the end of March (or while supplies last).  For the Spotlight technique you punch out one area that you want to highlight. After punching you color just that area and then punch a slightly larger circle to layer it on.  This circle (Basic Black on this card) makes the image "POP"!

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The inside of the card with the So In Love stamp set.

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Watercolor pencils can be used as colored pencils, or as a paint with the blender pens.  To get the shading variations I follow this technique.  First I lightly color the image all over with my main color, barely pressing at all, to get a light base.  If you are going to be blending it with the blender pen it does not have to be pretty or fill in all the areas – just a light base coat.  I'm using the Rich Razzleberry pencil here.

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Next I go back in with the same color pencil and press firmly in areas that I want to "shade". I like to shade on the bold lines of the image. Again, it does not have to be smooth and perfect, that will happen with the blender pen.

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With your blender pen, start by blending all of the light areas.  Then use a circular motion to blend the darker areas being careful to leave some light areas.  A juicy blender pen will give you a smoother look.  When you are done with the Razzleberry blending scribble your blender pen on a scrap paper until it turns clear again before moving on to the yellow flower center.

 

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I used the Daffodil Delight pencil all over and a little Pumpkin Pie for shading on the center.

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The darks and lights make a dramatic statement on your finished card!

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Storage tip: I store my watercolor pencils in a Clear-Mount Stamp Case so that I can easily see all of my color options.

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The Watercolor Pencils are easy to use and make you look like a professional artist!  Don't forget to order your watercolor pencils in Stampin' Up! exclusive colors today before they sell out!!  Thanks for joining me today!  Full supplies are listed below!

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