DIY “Peerless” Style Watercolors Tutorial

Hi Friends! I had a request the other day on the facebook page to make faux Peerless watercolors. Peerless watercolors are dye watercolors that come on small rectangles of paper. They were mainly used for photo tinting but lately stampers have been using them for coloring because it is easy to control the amount of color you get.Here is a card I colored with my faux Peerless palette. The rose stamp is from Lost Coast Designs.

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I really loved the ease of coloring. You can use almost any water-media you have to make a Peerless style travel palette but I had the most luck with my Inktense blocks and traditional watercolors. See how I did it:

The dye reinker and marker attempts never dried fully, even days later. You can also use watercolor pencils and crayons or gouache. If you can’t get the Yupo paper I used try laminating cardstock or use a report cover or transparency. If the paint doesn’t want to stick you can lightly sand the plastic first. Yupo is designed to be used with watercolor so no treatment is required. I liked the sample I made with my set of 12 inktense blocks so much I swatched out my set of 72 and it did not make a dent in my blocks! I love that I can take my full set of colors with me while leaving my set of blocks safely at home. since the Yupo paper is thin I attached it to a file folder.

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This is a great idea for classes and supply sharing too since we rarely use up our watercolor pencils and crayons!

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So you are probably wondering why anyone would buy real Peerless paints if you can make these so easily, well, I reckon that the peerless watercolors have more paint on the swatches and they are super transparent because they are a dye. I will probably have to reload my inktense palette many times to equal amount of use I would get from a stack of peerless sheets. I’d love to try them someday but this works for me and my budget right now! Plus it is always good to use what you have. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

18 Responses

  1. Beautiful job. You always do such wonderful art and make it so easy to understand with your videos. Thank you for that.

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  2. Very pretty roses, one of my favorite flowers.

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  3. Slight question here for us nonpainters, what is Yupo paper?

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  4. That was interesting and good to know. I am always fussing with color and the soft pastels and water is a really neat idea on one page. Another on point video Lindsay! Thank your viewer for this, and thank you for all you do. Midnightair

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  5. I wonder if you have thoughts about when you use Yupo instead of other paper based watercolor papers. I’ve used it and can’t quite think of the reasons when it might be the more suitable choice.

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  6. Is the Yupo similar to the Crayola water color paper, I think that the water color paper from Crayola feels like it has a high content of plastic like material in it.n

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  7. Great video! Informative as always. Could you explain the differences, pros & cons of Yupo vs. watercolor paper? I have a ton of 8.5×11 Yupo paper that I got for use with alcohol inks I never thought to me to watercolor it since it has no “tooth”

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    • it is fab with watercolor, it is best for painting you want to be bright and loose. It takes a long time to dry so make sure you are working somewhere completely flat when you can leave it to dry, you can’t tip t up or the paint will run. It is totally different than watercolor paper.

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  8. every time I watch your video, you make it seem so easy. I fall so short, but love the videos. Tell Lorraine I went to meet up.com since I live in Fl but didn’t see many crafters. Lots of other things though. Tell her if she come near Ft. Lauderdale to get in touch

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  9. Love it….I tried using acetate and it worked perfectly……but then you also got me motivated to actually use some of my watercolor paints and I had fun!! Even created a card…….so Thank you ma’am….got me going…now just to keep it up!!! šŸ˜‰

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  10. Thanks for a great idea Lindsay. I’ve never tried Yupo, can you tell me what you would usually use it for please?

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  11. great ideas, tips! your painting turned out lovely šŸ™‚ also, I have sent you pm on fb

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  12. Can one use sheet protectors as a yupo alternative? or what other household items can you use for the watercolors? do oil pastels work instead of the inktense?

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    • if they are watersoluble they might. I think sheet protectors would be fine if the stuff with stick to them.

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