Basic Care & Use:
1. Choose paper that is of heavier quality, such as the Watercolor #122959 cardstock or Shimmery White #101910, Whisper White #100730 is ok if you don’t plan to do a lot of blending.
2. Stamping image with Archival Black Ink #140931 is recommended. This inks reduces the likelihood of bleeding when wet.
3. Heat embossing your image is another alternative.
4. Fill the barrel with the liquid of your choice. (See below for this information.)
5. Squeeze the barrel so the liquid fills the reservoir and begins to drip from the brush, though not so much that liquid runs wild from the brush tip.
6. Use the painter as you would a blender pen or standard paintbrush – practice first on scrap paper to get the feel for the tool. Unlike a blender pen you control the amount of liquid that mixes with your color choice. If your paper gets too wet; dry with a heat tool to stop colors from unintentionally bleeding together.
7. Aqua Painters do not require much pressure to achieve beautiful results. Use a light touch!
8. DO NOT rub image and color for long periods of time, the paper will gum up.
9. When using the brushes start from the outside and work your way into the middle. You can off load color before going into the center of the image for a lighter effect.
10. Between colors, clean your painter by running the brush across a paper towel or scrap paper while gently squeezing the barrel until the brush runs clear.
11. Clean your Aqua Painter™ after each use and let the 2 pieces air dry before storing (this will prevent mold and bacteria from forming and possible damage to the tool).
a. If you forget to clean up for a few days…fill the barrel with warm, slightly soapy water; shake a bit to clean the barrel then squeeze quite a bit of soapy water though the reservoir and out till the brush is clean. Rinse with clean water to remove soap and air dry.
b. DO NOT run water into the brush tips, i.e., against the grain of the bristles it can damage the brush tip.
Try these liquids in your Aqua Painter™:
1. Water is great for blending and creating a soft watercolored look.
a. Use to blend Watercolor Pencils that have been colored within a stamped image. Skill: Beginner
b. Use with Watercolor Wonder Crayons by picking up color directly from the end of the crayon, or to blend the color after coloring in your image. Skill: Beginner
c. Pick-up Classic Ink pad color by pressing the cover onto the pad BEFORE you open the pad. This creates a “well” of ink on the inside of the cover that you may then dip your Aqua Painter directly into. Marker colored on a stamp box or other palette can also be used this way. (Note: Make sure to wipe out the inside covers of the Classic pads before storing them.) Skill: Moderate
d. Re-inkers – place a couple of drops of re-inker in with the water in the barrel for larger areas of watercoloring, e.g. sky or water. Skill: Moderate
e. Don’t use directly with chalks – use a sponge to pick up some chalk and rub on scrap paper – use the painter to pick-up this “scrap” chalk. Skill: Advanced
2. Liquid Bleach is great for bleaching out areas of your embossed image. When the image is bleached out as desired use a heat tool to dry the cardstock and stop the bleach processing. Then use markers to color your image. Try this with darker cardstocks. Skill: Advanced
3. Future Floor Wax acts as a binding agent when using Pearl Ex – simply dip the Aqua Painter™ in your Pearl Ex and color your embossed image as desired. This technique is particularly gorgeous on black cardstock. Skill: Advanced
- Other uses:
1. Use a water filled Aqua Painter™ to dampen cardstock prior to distressing.
2. Reach for your water filled Aqua Painter™ to seal envelopes.