Thursday, July 19, 2018

DIY Technique: Watercolor on Leather

July is World Watercolor Month, and we were so intrigued when we found out that you can use watercolor on LEATHER!  All of the crafting leather that we carry at collage will work for this process.  We recommend a leather that is light or neutral in tone and matte, eggshell, or semi-gloss to get the optimal vibrancy of the watercolor paint.  You will need to pre-treat the leather with rubbing alcohol.

All supplies are available at collage.


Supplies needed:

Leather
Sandpaper
Watercolor Paints (we used the Daniel Smith brand, our favorites!)
Daniel Smith Transparent Watercolor Ground
Paint brushes
Watercolor Pallette
Spray Fixative


Use the sandpaper to abrade the smooth side of the leather after it's cleaned with rubbing alcohol.  This will create a textured surface for the Daniel Smith Watercolor ground.  Apply a thick coat of the watercolor ground with a brush.  Allow the ground to cure for 24 hours with each coat (we recommend two) to allow for maximum absorbency.


Now for the fun part!  Paint the fully dried surface with your watercolor paint.  Notice how the ground has created a surface very similar to watercolor paper!  When finished allow it to dry fully for 2-3 hours.


When your watercolor has fully dried, use spray fixative to seal in the painting on the leather, and allow to dry for 24 hours before handling.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Crafting: Paint Your Own Stone Kits


Summertime means spending a lot of time outside in our yards and gardens, and we're always looking for easy ways to make these spaces a little more magical!  We are in love with these Paint Your Own Stone kit, which creates a faux mosaic on a stone ready to go outside in your garden!  These kits come with everything you need to make the craft, and are recommended for ages 8 and up.  Read on to see how we created ours, and find out some pro tips to use while making this craft.

All supplies are available at collage.


Each of these kits comes with 12 colors of acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and your stone object in blank form.  There's a great color mixing guide in there as well, if you want to create even more colors!  We decided to go with rainbows (our favorite), but your color scheme is totally up to you!


You'll want to make sure that you have a water cup to wash your brush in between colors, and some rags or paper towels to dry it.


When applying your colors, remember to spread the color out evenly.  The paints will need several coats of each color to make it fully opaque.  Acrylic paint dries pretty quickly!  Remember to throughly wash your brush in between colors to keep them crisp.


Once your masterpiece is finished, you're ready to put it outside!  If you're interested in waterproofing this, we recommend acrylic varnish to seal all of the paints in.  


Monday, July 9, 2018

Product Feature: Daniel Smith Black Watercolor Ground

DIY: Daniel Smith Black Watercolor Ground and Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl and Starry Watercolor Sets

July is World Watercolor Month, and we are having so much fun!  These coasters don't look like they were made with watercolor, and that's one of the really fun things about using Daniel Smith black watercolor ground.  Their watercolor ground comes in a variety of colors, and can make any surface ready for watercoloring!  Porous (absorbent) surfaces need no prep for application of the ground.  Non-porous surfaces (non-absorbent) surfaces should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before applying.  To see how we made these coasters, read on!

All supplies are available at collage.