Clean and Simple Water Coloring With Nuvo Aqua Pens

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.


Bright watercolors that let you stay in the lines without heat embossing?  Count me in!  For today’s project, I wanted to try Nuvo’s Aqua Flow pens.  They are basically highly pigmented liquid watercolors in an easy to use pen.  The colors offered are so bold and bright, I definitely had to include flowers.


I love the look of bright blooms in simple square vases, so I used a floral stamp from Hampton Art with some simple square punches and dies.  I started off by stamping 3 flowers on white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  This is a great black in for using with water colors because it does not smear.  I used a heavier white cardstock instead of watercolor cardstock because I wanted a smooth finish.

Using a paint palette, I prepped the Apple Red and Spiced Ginger pens.

Then, I started working on the middle of each flower using Spiced Ginger.

I then continued to paint the rest of the flower Apple Red, adding a little water to blend up into the middle.  It’s very easy to keep everything in the lines.  You could add more water to get a lighter look, but I like the bold and bright look of the red.

After painting the flowers, and letting them dry, I cut them out with some small scissors.   To create the “vase”, I punched a square from white cardstock and from some vellum using a 1 ¾” square punch and adhered the two together.   The vellum is supposed to act as frosted glass for the vase.

To provide an area for the flowers to rest, I created a square mask using some scrap cardstock and a square die and placed it over a white notecard.   I blended some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink over the top of the mask with a large sponge dauber.

After removing the mask, I added a sentiment below the inked square using my stamp platform.

I adhered the vase and flowers with foam squares and added a few Red Berry Nuvo Drops around the sentiment.

I like how the coloring turned out with the more saturated watercolor pigments and the square of blue kind of pulling everything together.  I found the pens very easy to work with and am excited to try different colors.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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