Do NOT use water color paper, it absorbs water so well that this technique totally fails. I am using my current favorite paper, the Staples brand of 110lbs white card stock. It is smooth as glass, ultra white, heavy enough for my fussy-cut images and it takes water very well.
Here is an eight minute process video I created showing you how to get this effect ... (it's my first attempt so please be kind...grin)
Now for the rest of us here are everything written out the old fashioned way.
Using a spray bottle, wet your paper until the water begins to pool in the cells created by the heat embossing and start sprinkling your powders. Do this part quickly... My favorite method is to have two or three warm colors to start with (warm meaning oranges, yellows, pinks, reds and magenta purples).
Using colors from the same warm or cool color families means that when these colors touch and blend they will remain pretty colors. Now slow down and be patient - allow the colors to touch and blend and soften on their own for a little bit - try counting to 100. Then you can dab up the excess water using a paper towel, but be gentle so you don't dab away all your color!
This time you will sprinkle and then mist with your spray bottle to activate the colors. Start small, with just a sprinkle or two and watch carefully to establish if you like what is happening. You can blot away stuff you don't like and move color around with a paint brush.
So that's it for today! Thanks for popping in to see what I am up to... and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see! I love sharing everything I do and I would appreciate if you would direct people HERE to this blog post if you are sharing too!
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
Creston, British Columbia, Canada