{Water}Coloring Printables

Jacqui E. Smith’s store was new to me this month, as it probably was to you. I’ve been subscribed to her newsletter to follow all her new plannery releases. When I saw these
awesome printable coloring pages, I immediately knew I wanted to break out my new Peerless watercolors.

First, I printed Jacqui’s design onto watercolor paper. I’m still experimenting with what works better… laser printer vs. inkjet printer. My paper was a little thick for my printer, so the design didn’t quite print centered. I decided that was okay, though, because it would give me a space to journal about some things I’m thankful for.

Next I gathered my supplies:

  • Watercolors
  • Water brushes
  • Art Masking Fluid (tinted)
  • Silhouette Hook
  • Water
  • I wanted to paint a watercolor wash across the background of the page. Since this design had quite a few tiny spaces, I decided to use the masking fluid to mask out the design. I grabbed my medium brush and painted the masking fluid over all the areas I don’t want to wash in the background color. Let this dry super well. Depending on how thick you apply that masking fluid, it can take a while. Be careful not to pick up the paper while it’s still wet or that fluid can run. (Yes, this is the voice of experience talking!) The black ink edges did bleed a little, but that adds to the handmade look.

    Once the masking fluid dried, I painted the background. I wanted my page to be in fall colors, so I started with a dark orange, blended to a burnt umber, then a reddish brown to a yellow brown.

    Now it’s time to let everything dry again. This won’t take nearly as long as the masking fluid. Once it’s dry to the touch, it’s time to wick away the masking fluid. Using the Silhouette Hook, scrape up a corner of the dried masking fluid and peel it all off.

    Now, with the design left white, I was ready to paint the rest of the page.

    My final touch was to add a list of things I’m thankful for. Now I can hang up my painting as a daily reminder to give thanks in all things.