Alcohol Watercoloring

By | July 9, 2015

For Technique Thursday this week, I’ll tell you how to create this pretty underwater watercolor scene.  I created my card using the From Land to Sea and By the Tide stamp sets.  These two sets work beautifully together.  I was immediately drawn to this turtle stamp and wanted to play with a new watercoloring technique I’d recently learned.

To start out, I cut out my labels with the new Lots of Labels Framelits dies.  (I love these great layering dies!!!)  I cut the inside layer out of Whisper White card stock and the outside layer with Gold Foil paper.  Now normally, I would never consider watercoloring on Whisper White card stock because it pills, but I recently learned that I could fill my Aqua Painter with 91% alcohol and watercolor on Whisper White card stock to my heart’s content!  So, I not only watercolored the turtle, but I also watercolored the entire background of the center layer!!!

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I embossed my turtle in gold to start out.  Embossing makes it really easy to watercolor, because it allows me to use a lot of liquid without bleeding outside the lines.  I filled my Aqua Painter with 91% alcohol and squeezed my ink pads to pool the ink in the lids.  One thing I noticed when using alcohol in my Aqua Painters is that the tip of the brush doesn’t seem to want to stay in a nice point.  To resolve this, I squeezed the Aqua Painter and used my fingers to twirl the bristles back into a point.

For the turtle, I used Wild Wasabi and Soft Suede inks.  I started out with a light wash, and then went back to add darker highlights.

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For the background of my label, I used Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo inks.  I started with Pool Party, and tried to paint in streaks to make it look like the sun was shining through from above.  I just added a little color at a time, painting in small circles, similar to how I use to use my alcohol markers.  Then, I went back and added more and more color until I was happy with the results.  I didn’t seem to matter how many times I went over the same spots, the paper never pilled.

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For the rest of the card, I embossed the coral stamp in gold on my Bermuda Bay card base.  Then I sponged Island Indigo ink around the sides.  I also added a layer of Pool Party card stock to the top and sponged it with Pool Party ink.

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Finally, I wrapped my card with Burlap Ribbon and frayed one end.  Then, I layered a few Gold Basic Metal Buttons over some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim and tied them with some Linen Thread.

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Supplies used on my card:

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Another option for this card would be to use watercolor or Shimmery White paper for the inside layer.  Both work great for watercoloring with plain water.  However, sometimes I find it hard to get a good stamped image on watercolor paper because of the uneven surface.  So, this coloring technique just adds another option if you want to use Whisper White card stock.
Have fun watercoloring with alcohol on your next project!

Tami Hewlett

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