I have to say, I think one of my favorite features about the Silhouette Curio is the emboss/deboss feature! I just love how you can make pretty designs for cards, pieces of art and more that you can then customize however you want! One of the most fun ways (in my opinion!) to use the deboss feature is to make templates for watercoloring! I don’t know about you, but I’m not the best at freehand watercoloring, but I can easily paint within the lines! I’ll show you how you can make some easy watercolor succulent art for yourself that’ll make you look like a professional artist!
- Silhouette Curio
- Emboss mat and fine emobssing tool
- Watercolor Paper
- Watercolors and paint brushes
- Picture Frame
Open up your Silhouette Studio software and download some pretty succulents. I also downloaded the phrase ‘beautiful’ to put underneath. Arrange and size your designs. Make sure your cutting mat settings are set for the Curio and for the Emboss mat! Since I wanted my artwork to be vertical, I rotated my designs 90 degrees so that they would emboss the right way on my watercolor paper!
Go to the emboss/deboss menu in your Silhouette Software. Highlight your succulent design and your ‘beautiful’ phrase and then click “deboss.” This will cause your designs to be set into relief on your watercolor paper, as opposed to being raised, like embossing. This will make it easier to fill in the design with your watercolors!
Once you are satisfied with your design placement, size, and have chosen your deboss settings, head on over to the Send to Silhouette menu. Select your material so the Curio knows how much speed and pressure to use while debossing. I set my material to ‘cardstock’ because my watercolor paper is pretty thick. I wanted it to make a nice thick line so I also selected ‘double cut’ within the cardstock selection menu. Then just hit ‘Send to Silhouette’ and watch it deboss away!
Once your Curio has debossed your design, carefully peel your paper off of the emboss mat. Take your watercolor paper and tape it to a hard surface. If you don’t tape down your paper it will warp and distort when you get it wet! I use washi tape to keep it in place but it’s also completely to remove without tearing the paper when you’re done.
Set up a cup of water and your watercolors. Dip your brush into the water and then your desired colors and paint away! The debossed indents make it so easy to stay in the lines! They catch the paint and you can make really cool combinations when the watercolors pool together. I used a really tiny brush so that I could get in the thin lines. For darker, more vibrant colors, use less water, and for more translucent, pastel hues, use more water.
Let dry and then peel off the tape. Then just pop in a frame et voila! A beautiful piece of watercolor art that looks like it’s been done by a professional! Debossing is such a great way to create a sort of paint-by-numbers for watercolors 🙂
I decided to put my watercolor art in my newly finished office. It definitely puts a smile on my face whenever I’m working!