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Water Color Doodles
By Julie McGuffee

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Yes, you can paint with water colors! Follow these simple doodling techniques to create flower embellishments for cards and all your paper crafting projects.

Materials Needed

Sakura® KOI® Watercolors Sketch Box set (with brush)

For each card you will need:
8” x 4” Piece of White Cardstock
3 ½” x 3 ½” Patterned Paper
1 ½” x 3 ½” Strip of Solid colored paper
3 ½” x 2 ½” Solid colored paper rectangle
Assorted Gelly Roll and Micron pens for outlining
Paper Towels
Note: When choosing pen colors and papers for your project, look for colors and styles that complement the photograph and/or theme.
To make the basic, 4” card, score then fold the 8” x 4” rectangle in half.
Referring to the photograph, assemble as follows:
1. Center, then adhere the patterned paper to the front of the card. Adhere the narrow strip of solid paper across the center of the patterned paper.
2. Adhere the solid colored paper rectangle vertically at the center of this strip.
How to create water color doodles:
Fill the brush reservoir with water. Attach the brush, then squeeze gently to wet the bristles. Dab on paper towel to remove excess water. Gently swirl the brush into your choice of water color. If it is too wet, dab on paper towel. A damp brush is easier to work with than a wet one.
Petal/Teardrop Shape:
Press the brush gently onto paper then lift.
  Elongated Teardrop/Leaf:
Press the brush onto paper then pull downward, lifting the brush upward as you near the end of the leaf.
  “Flick” Petals and Leaves:
Press the brush firmly onto the surface then flick outward as you lift.
Use the very tip of the bristles to draw lines for stems and curly “Q”s
Practice these strokes to get a feel for the brush and the amount of water needed. Flowers are combinations of strokes. Here are some samples for inspiration, but have fun and PLAY and you’re sure to come up with some variations of your own!

Outline/accent with a variety of markers to achieve many different looks.

Julie McGuffee

Sponsor: Sakura Color Products of America

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