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Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens Review and Card

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Hello! Chala here for today’s blog and I am excited to share a “new to me” product the Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens.

Scrap’N Stamp sent me two packages of the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to try and I thought I would share my thoughts and the card I created.

Having used pens similar to this in the past like the Wink of Stella and the Aqua Flow Waterbrushes I thought I had a good idea of how they worked…but, I quickly learned that there were some differences as well!

Let’s start by talking about the sets I received and the colours that are included in each.

The Festive Season set which included Matador Red, Pressed Olive and Baked Cherry.  The Autumn Woodland set and it comes with Spiced Ginger, Rustic Oak and Evergreen Fern.  These sets really compliment each other well and were perfect for the fall themed card I had in mind.  I did some simple stamping, masking and heat embossing to create a scene and then wanted to watercolour the images in. (Check out the YouTube video to see the card being made)  Before I got started though…there was a bit of set up with the pens.

The first thing you need to do is to remove the little yellow washer.  To do this you unscrew the pen top from the base.  Remove the yellow washer.  You can throw this away as you won’t need it anymore.  Carefully rethread the top and bottom piece together, being careful not to cross-thready.  There should be a “click” once it is together.  I recommend taking the lid off the top to do this as it took me a while to figure out I was just turning the lid and not the whole pen top.

With the two pieces are back together, locate the raised word “press”  it should be located next to the colour indicator swatch on the base of the pen.  gently squeeze to push the watercolour into the clear reservoir of the pen.  Don’t squeeze too hard as you can actually project some of the pigment out.  You will want to have a scrap piece of paper handy so that when the colour drips out you can work it into the bristles of the brush.  This process can be seen in my YouTube video which is linked below.

Continue this process with all of your pens.  Once they are primed and ready to go….it’s time to play!

The one thing I noticed was how “juicy” these were and how rich the pigment is!  A little goes a long with with these babies!    You can use them direct to paper, wet on dry, wet on wet or scribble some onto a smooth media surface like the Tim Holtz Glass mat and then use a brush to pick up the colour.  Again, I show all of this in my YouTube video linked below.

These pens would be great if you like to travel with your supplies.  It is best to seal them in a bag or container to ensure they do not leak or become crushed.  I think the best way to store these would be laying flat on their side or with the brush tip pointing up in a container to avoid leaking.

Please note that on the back of the packaging there is a bright yellow sticker that says “Adult use only.  Not suitable for under 14’s”.  I am not exactly sure why this would be…but, it must be there for a reason.  The only thing I can think of is because the pigments are so rich they might stain!  So, if you are using with small children…use at your own risk!

My honest opinion is that I really enjoyed using these and I think if you are looking for alternative to tradition cake/pans of watercolour these might be fun for you to try.  Below is the finished card that I created.

I love how rich the colours are, not like your traditional watercolours which can be quite translucent.  That’s not to say that you can’t achieve that translucent look by adding more water.  Again, I encourage you to check out the YouTube video where I show how I used them.  I also will link all the materials I use below and in the YouTube video description.

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Brush

I hope that you found this blog and video helpful and it inspires you to try them out!  I would love  if you share your creations over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Have a creative week!!

~Chala

Materials List:

Nuvo Products:Nuvo Aqua Flow – Autumn Woodland, Nuvo Aqua Flow Festive Season, Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brushes ,Nuvo Gold Embossing Powder,Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder

Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink

Versamark Ink

Thermo Web Purple Tape

Heat Tool

Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser

Used Ranger Embossing Pen /Simillar pen: Lawn Fawn Embossing Pen

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies

Foam Squares

Cutter Bee Scissors

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock & Lawn Fawn Sunflower Cardstock

Distress Ink:  Chipped Sapphire

Simple Lawn Fawn Card with Crayola Markers

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Dawn here from the little mennonite blog with a super easy/cheaper card for you today.  This card is made by using Crayola markers as watercolour markers!

Directions:

Take a panel of watercolour paper and draw on it with Crayola markers.  Add water with a paintbrush (I used an old acrylic paint brush) to blend.  Let dry.

Stamp berries, leaves and butterflies with Lawn Fawn’s Flutter By stamp set.  Fill in set areas with black pen.

Adhere watercolour panel to card front with dry adhesive.  Add sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Flutter By stamp set to Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner by heat setting with white embossing powder.  Add Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner to card front with foam adhesive and cut off extra Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner extending over the side of the card.

You can also use Distress Markers for this technique.  Distress Markers must be stored on their sides (it doesn’t matter how you store Crayolas).  The advantage with Distress is that their colours are more sophisticated.  (Although I like the black Crayola better myself!)  You can also colour with Crayolas right onto the Ranger Craft mat or an old plate, add water, and wohoo you have watercolour!

One Stencil, Three Ways

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

ONE STENCIL, THREE WAYS

Boy, do I love getting a lot of use from my crafting supplies! Hello there – it’s Deb here, and I’m posting today for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team.  I really hope you enjoy today’s project, because it’s not just 1 project, but 3 different techniques for using one stencil. In this case, it’s one stencil, three ways – three different techniques to be precise.  I love using stencils, because of their versatility. Depending on the stencil, it can be the focal point, or a background. It can be subtle, or in your face. You can use the entire stencil, or just part of it. So enough talk – let’s get on with the fun! I have kept the pictures in this post to the most important ones, but if you’d like to see more of the steps involved, you can head over to my blog post for more visuals.

STENCIL WITH INK & BLENDER BRUSHES

This is probably the quickest, and most common way to use your stencil. I chose the beautiful Wisteria stencil from The Crafters Workshop. It’s a full 6″ X 6″, so you have the choice of what type of project to create. I chose to use the full stencil, but then cut down the panel to create a card front.

To do the stenciling, first cut a panel of white cardstock to the same size as the stencil. Hold the stencil in place with some Thermo Web Purple Tape around the edges. Next, apply the ink with the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes.

One Stencil, Three Ways

Above, you can see the card front finished, with a die cut added. I shared this card on my own blog last week; you can read more about it in this post.

STENCIL WITH NUVO SHIMMER POWDERS

Now this technique is lots of fun – and a bit messy! There’s more pictures for this technique on my own blog, so you get more of an idea how to do it. First, because the Nuvo Shimmer Powders are highly pigmented powders that are activated by water, you need to get your work space set up. Put down a craft mat, or something to protect your work surface. Because  you’ll be adding water, you don’t want the water to seep under the stencil. Follow the directions on a temporary re-positionable spray adhesive; spray it on the back of the stencil, and wait until it is tacky.

Cut a panel of watercolour paper to size, and then lay the stencil, tacky side down, over the paper. (just for good measure, I also put Purple Tape around the edges, but it wasn’t necessary). Next, sprinkle the Nuvo Shimmer Powders over the stencil. I used two different colours; Lilac Waterfall and Violet Brocade. Alternate placement of the powders, to mix up the colours.  Once you’re sprinkled on some powders, lightly spray with water. The photo below shows the powders reacting to the sprayed water. I know – it looks like a hot mess at this stage!

Stencil with Nuvo Shimmer Powders

You can see in the photo above that the shimmer powders are a mixture of colours; not just a flat one shade. You can add more powder, and then more water, to areas where you may have missed, or where you want more colour. The photo below shows the powders now dried, and the stencil removed. Note – you don’t have to wait for the image to be dry, before removing the stencil. And the great part is that the temporary adhesive has blocked the water from seeping under the stencil, so you can still see the individual petals.

One Stencil, Three Ways

In case you’re wondering where the shimmer is – I took this next close up photo, just so you can see it! Even so, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. In person, it’s gorgeous!

Gorgeous Nuvo Shimmer Powders

STENCIL WITH EMBOSSING PASTE & NUVO SHIMMER POWDERS

I guess technically, this is a 3rd and 4th way to use the stencils! You can use embossing paste as it is, but I wanted to add colour to mine, so I added the same Nuvo Shimmer Paste as I did in the technique above.

This is another technique that can be a bit messy; I try my best to set up my area to control any out of control paste! First, I got out two large pieces of wax paper – yup, from the kitchen cupboard! Next, I used my palette knife to put some of the white embossing paste on each piece of wax paper. The reason I used 2 pieces is that I wanted to use both the Lilac Waterfall and the Violet Brocade Shimmer Powders, without getting them mixed together.

Sprinkle one of the shimmer powders onto one of the pastes, and the other one onto the other paste. Use your palette knife to mix them up.  ( I have a photo of this step in my blog post).

Once you have your powder and paste mixed up, apply them one at a time on top of the stencil. Hold your palette knife like a regular knife, and apply it like you’re buttering toast. It’s that easy!  Apply the paste in different areas, so that you can see the two different colours. If you want extra ‘high’ texture, build up the paste. For a lower profile texture, skim the palette knife over the paste, skimming off any excess sitting on top of the stencil.

I was so excited to see the results that I forgot to take a picture before removing the stencil! So sorry about that! But below, you can see the result, with the stencil removed.

Stencil with Embossing paste

FINAL CARD

I decided to create a card front using the embossing paste panel that I created. I trimmed it down just a bit, and added a panel of light purple cardstock behind it.

One Stencil, Three Ways

The sentiments are from the Concord & 9th Everyday Bouquet set. They are stamped in Seedless Preserves Distress ink; one onto a scrap of white cardstock, the other directly onto the bottom of the panel. The top sentiment is die cut using the matching Everyday Bouquet Dies; they include the cute double frame, which is die cut in the same cardstock as the panel behind.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and are inspired to look at your crafting supplies with new eyes! By using different products, you can stretch your supplies and your crafting dollars. Not to mention, coming up with amazing new projects to share with your friends!

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