Textures with India Ink & Watercolor

Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

Snowy days and starry nights are close at hand. India ink and watercolor are a favorite combination among mixed-media artists, and it’s easy to see why.

India Ink gives a deep matte finish that is perfect for silhouettes. It’s easy to create quick gesture drawings with a sumi brush, or crisp delicate lines with a nib pen.

MATERIALS:

Fluid, Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Pencil and eraser (opt)
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink, black
Nib pen
Sumi brush
Watercolor paint
1” wash brush
Table salt

NOTES:

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink is a lightfast and waterproof pigmented India ink. It holds a fine line without spreading and once dry will not re-wet. This makes it perfect for use with watercolor paint and other wet mediums.

INSTRUCTIONS:

India Ink with brush or pen

Draw

With sumi brush (top tree) or nib pen (bottom tree) make a drawing on watercolor paper. If needed a light sketch can be made in pencil first, then inked over, and any visible pencil marks erased after ink is dry.

Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

Paint

When ink is completely dry, use a brush to wet the paper with clear water, then add watercolor paint to create a background wash. While paper is slightly damp, sprinkle salt and watch your snow (or stars) emerge.

Printable pdf: BCC Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

 

Eraser Stamps

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Gift Tags Small details make a big difference. Make your gifts even more special with hand made gift tags.

SIZE:
Small stamp 1 x 1 inch
Large stamp 1 x 2 inches

MATERIALS:
Artgum Eraser in small or large size
Pencil#2/HB, and 4B or softer
X-acto knife
Bone folder (opt)
Canson Pure White Drawing Paper
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
String or ribbon
Scissors
Hole punch or awl
Stamp pad

GIFT TAG PREP:

Cut paper into gift tags using cutting mat, ruler, and x-acto knife. Sizes shown are 1.5 x 3 in, 1.5 x 4 in, 2 x 3 in, and 2 x 4 in.
Punch hole in top of tag and attach ribbon or string.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Sketch

Design

Draw your design on paper with a #2/HB pencil. Then trace over image with a soft lead pencil, 4B or softer.

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Transfer

Transfer

Turn paper over on top of eraser and rub lightly with your finger or bone folder to transfer image.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp

Cut Outline

Hold knife so that cut is angled away from image.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp

Cut Off Excess

Cut under area to be removed, being careful not to cut under design.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp Details

Cut Details

Cut away details in same manner, angling knife toward area to be removed. Lift excess out with knife.

Bull City Craft: Print Eraser Stamp

Print

Use an ink pad to print your design onto the gift tags.

Printable pdf: BCC Eraser Stamps Instructions

 

 

Paper Ornaments

Make these brightly colored paper ornaments to adorn your tree or window. They are quick and easy to create with paper, pencil, scissors, and glue.

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornaments

SIZE:
Onion Ornament: 3 1/2 x 4 1/4” h
Ogee Ornament: 3 1/2 x 5” h
Small Ornament: 1 3/4 x 2” h (not pictured)

MATERIALS:
Canson Mi-Teintes Colored Artist Paper, 19.5 x 25.5 inches.
(One sheet makes 27 pieces of the Onion or the Ogee. Shown in Champagne, Red Earth & Royal Blue)
Pencil
Scissors
Glue Stick
String or Ribbon
White Charcoal Pencil (optional)

NOTES:

First cut out the larger patterns; save the onion shaped center scraps, then use them to make the smaller patterns. Carefully cutting the center from the larger ornament will ensure a smooth edge for the outside of the smaller ornament.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornament

Fold

Mark longest edge of Mi-Teintes paper with a small pencil mark at 2 1/2 inch intervals.

Fold into an accordion at markings.

Cut out Paper ornament patterns.

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornament Trace

Lay straight edge of pattern along each folded edge and trace three times along edge.

Alternate patterns along each folded edge.

paper ornament 3

Cut

Cut out each pattern, cutting through one fold (two layers) at a time.

Use 4 to 12 pieces to assemble each ornament. Ornaments pictured have 10-11 pieces.

Use white charcoal pencil to draw on inside if desired.

paper ornament 4Glue

Keeping ornament pieces folded in half (with any drawing on inside) apply glue stick to one side.

paper ornament 5

Place second piece on top of glue, line up folded edges, press firmly.

paper ornament 6 Assemble

Repeat last two steps until desired number of pieces have been glued together.

Keep each new piece flush with the others along folded edge.

paper ornament 7

Join last piece to first piece.

Open ornament and lay flat with first and last (unjoined) pieces facing up.

Apply glue to one side. Fold one layer over the other, and press firmly to attach.

paper ornament 8 Finish

Allow to dry under a book to keep paper flat. Protect book with scrap paper.

When dry, open and refold ornament along each section to return to rounded shape.

Pass a length of string or ribbon through opening in center and tie to hang.

Printable pdf  instructions: BCC Paper Ornament Pattern

 

Free Paper Craft Download: Truck!

We designed this truck for the Junior League’s Touch a Truck event. Just color and cut out! We made them with moveable wheels by cutting out card stock wheels with a 2″ circle punch and attaching with brads. You could also simply trace circles to make wheels.

BullCityCraftTruck

Bull City Craft Paper Craft Truck

Easy Projects for Using Painted Papers

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper

At Bull City Craft, painted papers pile up. Frances paints a lot, and other children leave behind paintings from Preschool Playcraft. Sometimes the colors are so beautiful, especially the ones with liquid watercolor, that I hate to throw them away, so I’ve come up with a few fun uses for them. Of course, you can also paint papers yourself with these projects in mind. These projects can be made for the holidays, birthdays, or just for fun!

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper LabelsJar Labels

A 2″ circle punch, a hole punch, and some pens can turn painted paper into labels and gift tags. A 2″ paper circle fits perfectly on the top of mason jar lids to dress up gifts of candy or nuts. I used a white Sharpie paint pen to write the labels. A small hole punch turns the circles into pretty gift tags.

Bull City Craft: Paper BannerPaper Banner

Paper banners are so easy and festive. We use them at our birthday parties, but you could also make them in holiday colors and hang them on your mantel or in a doorway. We made one for Frances’ birthday with paper she decorated with washi tape.

Bull City Craft: Making Banners

For a 9″x12″ sheet of paper, cut it in half, and then you can cut three triangles out of each piece (two facing one way and one the other way in between them). A paper trimmer makes for quick work because you can cut several at a time. Punch holes in the corner of each and tie with ribbon or yarn.

Bull City Craft: Paper LanternPaper Lanterns

I got this idea from Frances’ preschool teacher at Appleseeds Home Nursery. There’s a bit of a learning curve here, but once you get the hang of it, they are quite addictive. The folding is too difficult for young children, but older children can do it, or at least help with the first few folds. You will need a square paper, and 12″x12″ makes a good size for small jam jar candles. Rub the paper with coconut oil, or warm the oil and brush it on. Wipe off the excess with a towel. This will make the paper translucent. Then follow instructions here for folding.