Watercolor with Gansai Tambi


Hey there! Today I’m sharing two cards that feature some watercolor techniques with Gansai Tambi, as part of the United We Flourish release from Hero Arts and Essentials by Ellen.

I began by stamping the branch – from the new UWF Better Together stamp set – first in Hero Arts Black, and then masking it with the Molotow masking marker. While the masking fluid dried, I heat embossed several birds in White on Black cardstock, and then die cut them using the coordinating dies.

After I gave the masking fluid about five minutes to dry, I started watercoloring, as shown in the video below.

If you’re having trouble watching the video, try watching it directly on YouTube HERE.

I used Gansai Tambi #’s 50, 57, 32 and 46, using varying amounts of water and pigment to get the tint I wanted. After the watercolors dried, I stamped a sentiment in black and added some black enamel dots.

I repeated the process for the second card, masking off the top part of the fence and using mostly water-on-water coloring.

I die cut the panel for this card using the Rectangle Infinity dies, and for both cards, I accented them with strips of paper that i had stamped with Versafine and Hero Arts Candy Stripe Bold Prints.

I used Versafine for this solid stamping because if the impression came out splotchy at all, the Versafine black matched the black from my Micron pens. Different pens and different ink pads have different values of black, so play around with what you have to get your own perfect black match!


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Cardstock: Canson Bristol; Hero Arts Black cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson Better Together; Hero Arts Candy Stripe Bold Prints
Ink: Gansai Tambi watercolor; Hero Arts Black; Versafine and Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder; Micron pens; Doodlebug black enamel dots

Tools: Cuttlebug, water, paintbrush, embossing gun, Hero Arts & Ellen Hutson Better Together die set, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity diesMolotow masking marker





28 thoughts on “Watercolor with Gansai Tambi

  1. This is a style and technique I’ve not seen before! It is very unique and really works perfectly for this Stamp Set! Love the black/white with the limited but lovely colors.

  2. Love, love, love your cards! And I must say I was beginning to think that I was the only one in the world that still used those wonderful
    Gansai Tambi watercolor. Thanks so much for reminding me to use them!

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