Whatever the amount of love I have for sketching, inking, and creating these printables, in order for me to print them out, they needed to be plain black and white, since we don’t usually get color cartridges for our printer. I will be making some colorful, patterned-ish printables in the future, but for right now I did something different to add a pop of color. 🙂 I’m calling it Project Printable.
For this print, I took a normal piece of card stock (as it was thick but sure to work in our printer) and painted a watercolor base on it. I’ve yet to try using watercolor paper for this type of thing. The card stock does warp slightly under the water, but after I pressed it overnight under some heavy books, it flattened out nicely. 🙂 After the watercolor was completely dry, I put it facedown in our printer, printed the printable on “best”, and voila. It was like magic, and my hands were thanking me for not making them ink that all over again!
(this printable also isn’t available. It was a project for some amazing friends of mine – these are encouraging notecards.)
I am really, really, really pleased with how these turned out! I wanted to make some encouraging notes for my friends after our first cross-country meet, and thought I would make postcards with our theme verse for this season on them. It wasn’t a big deal, I inked the sketch and got it over with.
But…the idea came to me, why not make them like mini watercolor prints? The idea kept growing, and after painting several card stock pages, I printed them out, got them cut nicely at the library, and flattened them. I’m thrilled with the colors and how the printing turned out.
The watercolor tip was too good not to share! You don’t have to be an expert at watercolor to paint a color base and print something out on top of it. 🙂
Praying you all have victory in Christ this week!