Grunge Watercolor

By | April 13, 2016

Watercoloring is a huge trend in card making right now.  Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis knows that it’s also one of my favorite techniques for coloring and creating backgrounds.  I think a lot of people shy away from watercoloring, because they think it’s difficult.  But, my card today will show that it can be super easy and fun.

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This is a fairly simple card to recreate.  While I layered cardstock underneath as a mat, the stamping and watercoloring is all on one layer of watercolor paper.  I used the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set to stamp and emboss all the images in gold.

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Next, I created the watercolor / grunge background.  This technique is fun because there’s no right or wrong way to do it!  Start out by picking three coordinating colors of ink.  I used Crumb Cake, Mint Macaroon, and Soft Sky.  (I picked these because they are comforting colors that went with the theme of my card.)

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First, use an Aqua Painter with clear water to brush over the majority of the watercolor paper.  Then, start adding random brush strokes going in different directions.  There is really no rhyme or reason to this part.  It’s up to you how much color you add.  Switch colors and add more brush strokes, and then add blobs of color.  If you accidentally overdo a part, mop it up with a paper towel.  The goal is to have a controlled mess.

Another fun thing to do is sprinkle water drops over the paper to remove some of the color and / or add water stains.  You can even let the paper dry, and come back later and add more color.  Just have fun!

Believe it or not, it’s that easy.

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To finish the card, I added some pearls and one button tied with some Linen Thread.

Tip:  If you don’t want your paper to warp during watercoloring, cut it a little bigger than you want and use some old washi tape to adhere it to your work surface.  After the paint dries, trim it down to the desired measurement.

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Tami Hewlett

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