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!

DIY “Distress” Stain!

OK, I have been keeping way too clean this week with the knitting so today I just had to get inky and make my own version of Distress Stain. Here is my first project with my homemade stain:

 

The only thing you need to get to make the stain is the bingo-dauber top bottles. If you play bingo you might be able to reuse actual bingo daubers but I don’t so I found this set of 12 dauber top bottles at Oriental Trading Company for $7.50, they are good quality and refillable! I also got their mini mister bottles that are wonderful and half the price of the ranger ones. I just did not want to recommend either of them until I had the chance to use them but they both get 2 big thumbs up from me! :)

 

The homemade stain is so easy to make and you can use the supplies you already have. Simply fill the bottle 2/3 full of water then I added some cheap student grade watercolor paint in it. I used a whole tube per bottle but the paint was cheap: $7 for all 12 paint colors. Try the Reeves brand, they have it at AC Moore. But you could also use reinker, gouache, liquid watercolors or even fabric dye! I actually used a bit of reinker to adjust the colors a wee bit. :) I will say that the student watercolor paint will not stain your hands like reinkers do!

 

You can see how vibrant the stain is I made. Since I used a tube of cheap watercolor in each bottle the color is semi-opaque (cheap watercolors are more opaque than artist grade due to the chalk filler they use but still, the paint will not fade as dye or ink is wont to do.) If you want a more transparent stain stick to reinkers or dye. I love how you can scribble on the color like I did under the sentiment or smack down the tip on the paper for a starburst effect like I did on the background paper. Yep, I got good and inky today! 

You can also use this to dye fabric, ribbon, crochet flowers…you name it! I have some other cards I’ve been working on with these stains and I’ll share them with you later, til then happy crafting!

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