Crayola Watercolor Card (ft. Lawn Fawn stamps)

Happy Wednesday, all!

Pretty frequently I receive comments on my cards and videos saying something to this effect: “Can you make a card without all those expensive supplies?” That’s a difficult question to answer because I’ve been making cards and paper crafting for over ten years–I’ve had a lot of time to accumulate and collect some amazing supplies and tools.

While walking through the grocery store the other day, I glanced down the school supplies aisle and an inexpensive Crayola watercolor set caught my eye. I wondered if I could get good results with it. And so, I challenged myself to do some simple watercoloring with the Crayola Washable Watercolors, and to use the brush that came with the set, too.

NOTE: You can get this watercolor set for under $2 at discount stores or online. Or for just over $3 you can get it at Simon and have it shipped with some other fun paper crafting goodies. :)

Crayola Watercolor Card (ft. Lawn Fawn Let's BBQ stamps)

All in all, it actually wasn’t so bad! Granted, I had some low expectations, but I was surprised with how well these watercolors worked. I felt there were some significant differences between this set of watercolors and, for example, the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors that I’ve been using and loving for a while. The Gansai Tambi watercolors are easier to use in my opinion. The Crayola watercolors get the job done, but more expensive watercolors get it done well and with less frustration. The same could be said about the cheap brush included in the Crayola set versus the watercolor brushes I usually use.

I look at it this way… Sure, you can cut up vegetable with a dull knife. It will get the job done. However, a sharp knife will do the same thing and make the whole process a lot more enjoyable. :)

Crayola Watercolor Card (ft. Lawn Fawn Let's BBQ stamps)

If you’re going to use the Crayola watercolors, please do the following…

  • Wet all the pans of color and let it sit for a few minutes before painting. This allows the water to penetrate the colors and they won’t be as “anemic” straight out of the pan.
  • Work in layers. Add color on top of color to build intensity.
  • Speaking of, be careful about painting on top of colors. These paints are easily reactivated when additional moisture is added.

In a pinch, I’d recommend the Crayola watercolors. There is a place and time when I would prefer them, actually. If I was traveling I might take them since I wouldn’t be heartbroken if they broke or were misplaced.

Oh, and I should mention that the cuteness of the Lawn Fawn Let’s BBQ stamps made this watercolor experiment all the more fun. :)

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Supplies

I often get questions about where to purchase the supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! :) The letters below each image are links to stores where you can buy the product. SSS = Simon Says Stamp, AZ = Amazon, etc. Affiliate links used when possible.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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