Create an AquaTint Dragonfly

Watercolour Aquatint Dragonfly 1

About the Range

AquaTint pens are filled with bright water-soluble dye-based ink, dispensed through a fine nylon brush. Their colours can be applied as accurately or freely as you want, then blended out with water for an amazing result every time.They are perfect for a wide range of Mixed Media and distress background effects.

See How It's Done

Learn a fun technique with our new AquaTint brush pens in this tutorial from design team member Lori Barnett! She uses her AquaTint brush pens to create both a stunning background and a vibrant dragonfly. This technique can be used for all sorts of papercraft and mixed media projects, as well as lovely additions to home decor!

See how she did it by following the steps below. Try it yourself and be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page, or sharing on Pinterest.

Make the dragonfly card base

1. Create a 7” square white card base. Die cut 6 1/2” square panel of glitter cardstock using die set.
Adhere die cut panel to 6 1/2” square panel of shimmering cardstock. Attach panel to card base with
dimensional foam adhesive.

Create the dragonfly background

2. On a 6” square panel of watercolour cardstock, stamp dragonfly image with black pigment ink and clear
heat emboss. Stamp sentiment image repeatedly around dragonfly image with clear embossing ink and
clear heat emboss. (Optional: Prep cardstock with anti-static powder before stamping images.)
3. Use a watercolour brush to apply clear water over entire panel around the dragonfly image.
4. Add drips of AquaTint Pens in Soft Jade, Moonstone, and Aquamarine to the wet panel by gently
squeezing the barrel of the pens. Using the wet waterbrush, softly blend the inks on the panel as
desired. If needed, add more drips of color to fill in areas or add more colour, blending again with wet
waterbrush. Set panel aside to dry.
Tip: Use a dry kitchen roll or paper towel to lift up any areas of ink that may have pooled on the edges, or any areas
that you wish to lighten up the colour.

Create the main dragonfly

6. Stamp dragonfly image with black pigment ink on a piece of watercolour cardstock and clear heat
emboss. (Optional: Prep cardstock with anti-static powder before stamping image.)
7. Colour the dragonfly image with AquaTint Pens in Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, and Moonstone.
Allow image to dry, and then trim.
8. Create a mask of the dragonfly image. Place mask over the image on dry watercolour background
panel. Use Onyx Black and Emerald Green AquaTint Pens to flick splatters on the panel, around the
masked dragonfly, focusing the flicks to be heavier around the edges of the dragonfly. Lift off mask and
allow splatters to dry.

Put it all together

9. Adhere the watercolour panel to a white cardstock panel that is slightly larger than 6” square. If
needed, trim down the panel(s) before adhering together, to adjust size. This is personal preference on
how much die cut detail will be visible around the watercolor panel. Adhere to card base with
dimensional foam adhesive
Tip: Because watercolor cardstock tends to warp, be sure to apply adhesive over the entire back of the
panel when adhering it to the white cardstock panel. This is a great way to get that watercolour cardstock
panel nice and flat!
10. Attach cut out dragonfly image with dimensional foam adhesive. Attach decorative jewels.

Watercolour Aquatint Dragonfly 2


Spectrum Noir AquaTint Brush Pens - Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Amethyst, Moonstone, Soft Jade,
Emerald Green, Onyx Black
Spectrum Noir Watercolour Cardstock
Crafter’s Companion: Sheena Douglass Dragonflies Clear Acrylic Stamp Set | Waterbrush Set | Shimmer Cardstock - Sky Blue | Construction Cardstock | Black and Gold Luxury Glitter Card - Black | Classiques Metal Die Set- Classic Flourish |Gemini Multi Media Machine | Heat Gun | Clear Embossing Powder | Extra Strong Permanent Tape Runner
Other: Stamp Masking Paper | Dimensional Foam Adhesive | VersaFine Black Ink Pad | VersaMark Ink Pad | Anti-Static Pouch |Jewels

This technique works well on white or kraft cardstock - try it today!
Be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page, or sharing on Pinterest!