How to watercolor using Gansai Tambi

Hi, crafty friends. Today I’m up on the Create A Smile blog with a fun and colorful watercolor card as their guest designer this month. If you want to see my previous guest project that I made using Copic coloring, please click HERE.

How to watercolor using Gansai Tambi

I’m totally in love with the cute critter images from the Doctor’s Helpers stamp set and couldn’t resist creating a stamped background for my project today. Then I did some watercoloring which is I’m so obsessed with lately.


How to Make a Get Well Card using Watercoloring

  1. Stamp the images from Doctor’s Helpers with Hero Arts black ink on a piece of Arches cold pressed watercolor paper.
  2. Watercolor the images with Guretake Gansai Tambi 36 color set.
  3. Mount the watercolor panel on a A2 sized top folding card using foam tape.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from the set in black on a piece of kraft cardstock, die cut it with oval die from Stacked Pierced Ovals, pop it up on the card front using dimensional adhesive.

I’d love for you to watch my video tutorial as I shared lots of tips and tricks in the video. You can watch it here or in HD on YouTube. Hope you find it helpful.

How to watercolor using Gansai Tambi

4 Watercoloring Tips I learned from My Practices

  • You may need to use a smooth side of your watercolor paper to get a good stamping impression. Otherwise stamp the images multiple times on a textured side to get crisp lines of your images. (For mutiple stamping, I used the MISTI stamping tool to get my stamps positioned in a same place.)
  • Watercoloring in two ways: add intense colors first with less water and spread the colors by adding more water. The other way is to color with light color first with lots of water for the base coat. Then add more colors later for shading.
  • Use clean water and paint brush to fix your watercoloring mistake and pick up the colors using some paper towel.
  • Cold Pressed watercolor paper is easier to fix the colors compared to hot pressed watercolor paper.

I’m not telling you these tips would work for all of you as I’m not experienced in watercoloring but just taking baby steps for it. If you have any tips or suggestions on watercoloring, please share with me in the comment below.

How to watercolor using Gansai Tambi

That’s all I have for today! I hope you enjoyed seeing my watercolor card and got some inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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8 thoughts on “Video : Stamping w/MISTI & Watercoloring w/ Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors

  1. Such a cute background! I love my Gansai watercolors too, I’m so excited you can get the individual pans now!

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