This is the first blog post in a series of blog posts all about watercolour techniques, where today I will show you how to make watercolour backgrounds for cardmaking. You will find the other posts in the series, once they are live, by clicking here – Watercolour Techniques for Cardmaking
I have chosen the new stamp set Forever and Always by Stampin’ Up! as my main stamp set, as the plain line images work really well for watercolouring. The card that I am using is the Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper, it has a really lovely finish and is thick enough and strong enough to take plenty of water.
I wanted a nice bluey toned watercolour background here so I took my Misty Moonlight stamp pad and pressed an acrylic block into it to pick up some colour. You don’t need a lot with this one though, so do go sparingly!
The first thing that I did was to wet the card fully with just plain water. I always find that this helps me to lay the ink down nicely, you get more of a washed effect and it is a lot more forgiving than working with the inks directly onto the dry paper. This technique is actually called the ‘wet on wet’ technique.
Just add a little ink at a time, you can always add more but you can’t easily take it away. Keep adding ink and water until you are getting the results that you want, it does take a bit of practice but I really think that the results are worth the effort.
To get the almost splodgy look, I dried the watercolour paper with my heat tool. If I wanted a more washed out effect I could have let it dry naturally, but I am not that patient! LEave it to one side for the time being though, just to dry fully.
To create the flowers, I stamped in StazOn, a permanent black ink which is perfect for watercolouring. I stamped the flowers onto the Watercolour paper and then used my Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody stamp pads to colour them in using my water painters.
These are fabulous paintbrushes which have a removeable barrel that you can fill with water, so you don’t need to have a pot of water beside you. To rinse out the brush, simply squeeze it to allow the water to come out and wipe it on a piece of kitchen towel or similar, simple! Don’t stick your flowers to the card yet though, we aren’t quite ready for that yet.
Right, back to how to create watercolour backgrounds, as that’s what we are here for, right? Can you see the ‘splatters’ in the background? Let me tell you how I created those because I think they look really effective and can really add a lot to our finished projects.
What you need to do is take the medium sized water painter and make it quite wet, then load it up with misty moonlight ink. Once it is full, but not ‘dripping’ hold it above your paper (make sure you have some scrap paper down to protect your work surface and move your flowers out of the way!!) and gently tap it against something solid, or your hand. This will cause splashes of the ink to flick onto your card.
We left the card to dry thoroughly first, but if you didn’t you might find that these splashes don’t come out quite as defined as you might like.
To finish, stick some ribbon and some Designer Series Paper onto your watercolour card, add the flowers, some gems and a greeting and mount first onto a panel of Misty Moonlight card and finally onto a Basic White card base.
Well, I do hope that you enjoyed my mini tutorial on how to create watercolour backgrounds, please do keep your eyes peeled for the rest in the series, or why not see if they are already live by clicking here – Watercolour Techniques for Cardmaking
Until next time, Happy Stamping xx
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