Hi, Virginia here from Fynes Designs. When I first got my hands on the new Curio, I couldn’t wait to figure out some new project ideas. First up I tried wood because that is my typical go to medium and I was so excited about the higher clearance. But then I had to try the embossing feature, which led me right to watercoloring with the Curio!
To get started watercoloring with the Curio you will need (in addition to the machine and embossing tip):
-bushes of choice
How to watercolour with the Silhouette Curio
- Choose your desired design. A good rule of thumb is any image you would use to draw with pens is a good design to emboss paint. No intersecting lines is best.
- Under ‘design page settings’ tab (looks like a mat with arrows) choose Curio (emboss) and which size mat you are using.
- Fit your image to the mat size.
- From the ‘Cut’ window (with your curio plugged in and turned on, so it recognizes which machine you are using). Select Material type- Coverstock Heavy 105lb+. Under the blade type menu choose Embossing tool (fine).
- Apply the watercolour paper to the mat, insert into the machine and click ‘send to Silhouette’.
- Once your design is embossed on the watercolor paper, you can begin to watercolor your image using the embossed design as guidelines.
Creating an image with this Watercoloring hack is just like using paint by number!
You can learn some basic watercoloring techniques by searching ‘beginner watercolour tutorials’. You’ll want to begin with filling in each space with a base color.
The watercoloring possibilities are endless using the embossing feature on your Silhouette Curio.