Tuesday 17 June 2014

Lucy Recommends - Post 2

They are ALL THE RAGE right now. :) 
So, although I'm not really a watercolour expert (read: total beginner), I thought I'd devote my 2nd 'Lucy Recommends' post to the watercolours I love. And yes, I really love them.
My dear dad bought me this set of Inktense pencils a year or so ago. And there's lots to love about them. First, they are English. Yay for English craft supplies. :) This means they are less expensive over here than they are in the US. And that NEVER HAPPENS. ;)
Next, the colours are GORGEOUS. I cannot see myself ever needing more than the 24 colours in this set - you can blend, right? 
Third, they are so easy to use. Scribble… DSC_0024
then wash with water… DSC_0025
perfect for detailed colouring (see this post here for an example) or more general watercolour washes. They are so much more intense than regular waterclours, but if you add more water they can look more like traditional muted watercolours too. Here I picked up the colour from the red scribble on the top of the paper and added more water.
And you can add extra colour too - just scribble again, pick up more colour and add it on top. So pretty when dry. And it took less than 20 seconds to create. :)
I challenged myself to use this pink experimental scrap on a card and here is what I came up with…
I die cut the watercolour paper with THIS circle die, added a tiny sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Love Blossoms stamp set, a little wooden house and hearts from Freckled Fawn, and patterned paper from My Mind's Eye's Heirloom pad. And I have a fun new home card.
I looped a mixture of twine and gold thread around my hand then added it behind the die cut circle.
U.S. friends, you can buy Inktense pencils HERE at Simon Says Stamp (they also have this cute 6 pencil set you can get). Brits, Dad got mine HERE from Amazon.
I have another card to share later this week created with these pencils. Stay tuned. :)
Bye for now.


conil said...

I love my Inktense, too. Aren't they fab. Your card is lovely. Just the right creation for someone relocating to a new home.

Dotty Jo said...

As you say 'Yay' for English crafting supplies! Great card Lucy, Jo x

Linny said...

I love my Inktense pencils too. Although since I started collecting Alcohol pens, these have sat in the bottom of a drawer. Maybe I should bring them out again.
Lovely card.

CinnamonSally said...

I really must invest in some of these Lucy !!

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Whatever doubt I had in whether I should get these beauties, has just vanished. *cheeky grin*

donna mikasa said...

Thank you for the Inktense pencils review! I've been holding off on getting them but you're twisting my arm! LOVE your card--so sweet!

Carol said...

Along with so many other crafters, I have fallen in love with watercolouring and I do love my Inktense pencils. Lovely card, Lucy.

Sarah G said...

Beautiful card! I love my inktense pencils and need to get them back out - thanks for the inspiration :)

Leni said...

Super sweet!

Virginia L. said...

I do have a few Derwent color pencils...but the watercolor set? No,....so I must now. I think I can get them at Michael's with a coupon!! :)

Agata said...

Lucy, you're brilliant!!! But you and everybody else know that already! Thank you for inspiration!