One of my New Year's artistic aspirations was to learn how to watercolor. On my recent trip to LA to visit my friend Donna, with my friend, Nancy, we all sat down and took the time to learn a few basics.
Art Impressions is a rubber stamp manufacturer based in Salem, OR since 1987. The company began as the sole designer, Bonnie Krebs, created and sold educational stamps at craft fairs around the Northwest. Soon, Bonnie was drawing whimsical images for crafting and her talent has grown over the past 30 years to become one of the major stamp illustrators in the industry today. A unique characteristic of Art Impressions is its diversity of images and innovative techniques. Bonnie has created new and original stamping concepts, including Watercolor the Art Impressions Way, Windows to the World, Front & Backs, TryFolds, Shakers (featuring Action Wobbles™) and Spinners. These interactive techniques create beautiful and matchless ideas for special cards.
Art Impressions is also known for their funny caricatures and hilarious text. Their “funny people” began with the Golden Oldies line in the mid-90s and has grown to include new lines of Ai People and Girlfriends stamps. The entire gang continues to make people laugh everyday!
Need a little jump start to your creativity and some ideas on how to use our stamps? Please take a moment to visit their Blog, Pinterest or YouTube.
About the Artist
Bonnie is a self-taught, whimsical artist who loves to create innovative stamp styles. She often develops new stamping techniques and interactive card making ideas, revolutionizing the stamp industry with each new release. She has drawn over 8,000 images – from cute characters and animals, to artistic watercolor stamping techniques. She continues to inspire through traveling and teaching at craft events and trade shows around the United States. Bonnie is a mother to three and a proud new grandmother to two. Along with all the images at ArtImpressions.com, you can view some of her Art Impressions licensed artwork through Hampton Art and Henry Glass & Co. Fabrics.
First, we started by watching this AI Watercolor Introduction:
We all found this beginner video extremely helpful in learning some of the basic techniques to watercoloring.
*Note - I used Stampin' UP! write markers to color my stamps with, but we also used Zig and Marvy markers and all three markers were equally effective. In addition, I also used Stampin' UP! ink pads for the same effect in lieu of hand coloring each stamp.
Don't forget to sign your name on your image, it gives it a real authentic handpainted look!
I found that I really enjoyed watercoloring and I look forward to watching more videos and enhancing my newfound skills. But, Nancy found it wasn't really "her thing." Much like fussy cutting or coloring, not everyone's artistic interests are the same. You might not like watercoloring, but, you'll never know if you don't try.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!