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« on: February 02, 2006 04:44:18 PM »

I would like to start painting images that are rubber stamped on notecards or whatever suits me and I wonder if anyone else does this and could offer some advice.  I've determined I need pigment inks so that the water doesn't mess with the image, but what would be a good way to seal it after I've painted it?  I thought about acrylic or spray sealers, but would that make the notecard weird (wonky, odd feeling)?  I don't have too much of an art background, so I'm not familiar with the best way to protect it for mailing.  Also, I don't really want to fold my own cards/envelopes, so recommendations on any pre-made ones that would handle what I want to do, or any other reccomendations, would be greatly appreciated.  (Oh yeah, and I'm a pregnant lady, so anything too toxic is not good either....)

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2006 11:00:08 PM »

if you could embose the stamped image it makes the watercolors not run and i don't know about sealing it...
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006 11:44:06 AM »

I'm sorry, I have never "sealed" watercolor.  I know that there is a wax that can be applied under the paint for creating an effect - perhaps there is a wax that seals as well.

Poo head mentioned embossing the image and I love that technique.  Often I just make weird little paintings of nothing but blobs seeking each other out.  But stamping an image on top creates this batik looking painting that I'm fond of. 

Watercolor is my favorite medium, but it took me a LONG time to get there.  Good luck and have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2006 05:34:42 PM »

Well, this is an idea of what I'm trying to do, but this is on watercolor paper.  (it satisfies my desire to paint without actually needing the ability to draw- which, sadly, I do not have).



I think some ordinary arts and crafts matte spray varnish would work, I just didn't know if anyone had tried this.  I was worried that if I put stuff on a notecard and mailed it, it might be a big ole' mess if it got wet on the way.  Thanks for the help, though!
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2006 06:51:00 PM »

If you really feel the need to seal it, I would use something like Krylon Workable Fixativ.  It's about $5/can and lasts forever.  It doesn't leave a weird feel to it at all, either.  As far as stamping, I prefer an ink like Staz-On.  It stays nice and crisp whether you watercolor first, then stamp, or stamp, then watercolor. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2006 11:09:17 PM »



I too love combining watercolor with stamped images. You can create everything from delicate washes to colors so vibrant that it looks like you've used gouache. Though I still like my tubes of paint, I really like the on the fly painting I can do with all of the watercolor crayons out there.

I've honestly never sealed my watercolors when I've worked on stationary. I too use the "emboss and paint" method, both because the image lines don't run, and the raised surface creates "holding cells" for the colors when you don't want them to run wildly, especially when working wet in wet.

As for premade stationary, Strathmore makes cards that can stand up to light washes. The packs come with around 25 cards/envelopes, I think, and a variety of colored deckled edges. I prefer making my own cards, so I haven't used them in a long time, but they did work well for me.

If you're intent on sealing your work, I'd suggest Krylon's Clear spray sealer, or perhaps their UV Protectant. Just use outdoors or in a well ventilated space, and you should be OK health wise. If you're at all concerned though, check with your doc!

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2006 07:06:38 PM »


I too use the "emboss and paint" method, both because the image lines don't run, and the raised surface creates "holding cells" for the colors when you don't want them to run wildly, especially when working wet in wet.


I think this might be a good way to go, but I've never done it before.  I don't have a heat gun or anything, but I have this crafty book that says I can do it with an iron or a hot plate, which I'm not sure about.  What about toaster oven?  Does it need to be concentrated heat, or just heat? (The book doesn't give much guidance.)  Maybe I'll just get myself a gun....

Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2006 10:56:28 PM »

I think this might be a good way to go, but I've never done it before.  I don't have a heat gun or anything, but I have this crafty book that says I can do it with an iron or a hot plate, which I'm not sure about.  What about toaster oven?  Does it need to be concentrated heat, or just heat? (The book doesn't give much guidance.)  Maybe I'll just get myself a gun....

My first attempt at pre-heat gun embossing involved the burner on my stove. I turned it on medium and gingerly held my embossed image over the heat, making sure to keep everything moving and far enough away from the flame that nothing burned or discolored. It goes quickly, so watch it at all times. I've heard of toasters, and even naked light bulbs working, but a heat gun is definitely easier, and more controlled. Good luck! Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2006 11:30:12 AM »

You can buy packs of pre-folded cards and matching envelopes at many of the big-box craft stores.  I've also seen these on ebay, although I don't know how the prices compare.

Embossing is a great idea to keep the watercolor from running.  Also, try to keep your brush as dry as possible.  To soften color, very slowly work with a dampended  q-tip to remove pigment.  I've actually sealed with aerosol hairspray in a pinch--it's less toxic than many sealers.  Check the sealers available at craft stores, some may be non-toxic, and work outside so the fumes are dispersed.  Or...while you're pregnant...have someone else do your sealing!
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2006 04:17:56 PM »

I know this is a fairly old topic but I thought i would add that I love using the watercolor crayons and an aqua pen to paint my stamped images. It's pretty easy to do and the colors don't seem to run at all.
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