Technique Thursday – Watercolor Drip

By | February 5, 2015

I have a fun technique to show you today called a watercolor drip.  I’ve seen this technique used on some really pretty cards, so I wanted to give it a try and then share what I learned with you.  I have to admit that I didn’t get it right the first time, or the second, or even the third.  There was a bit of a learning curve to figuring out the right amount of water and ink to use in order to get a “controlled” drip.  But I’m really glad I persisted, because I think the end result turned out really cool looking.  So, I encourage you to try this (maybe on some scrap paper first) and don’t worry if it doesn’t come out the first time.

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Obviously, this technique is meant to look messy, so it’s really up to you to decide what looks good.  I was shooting for a nice blended look, where some of the drips ended on the paper, rather than running off the page.

One suggestion I have is to select colors that blend well together.  I kept the Hello Honey in the middle because it blended well with both Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.  (You don’t want to make mud!)

I used watercolor paper for my project.  That may sound obvious, but I did actually try it first with Whisper White card stock, and that definitely didn’t work.  I made sure to completely fill my Aqua Painter before I started, so I had lots of water to pool on the paper and to clean out my brush between colors.  You can either squeeze your stamp pads to gather ink on the lids, or place a few drops of re-inker on the lids for more concentrated color.


I started by painting the upper area of the paper with pure water, then I added concentrated drops of each color.  I found that if I painted little starting points for the drips, it worked well to space the drips across my page and keep the colors from mixing too much.  Then I lifted my paper and tapped until I got the desired dripping effect.  Once that was done, I set it aside to dry completely.  I did not use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.  Doing so would move the water around and ruin the effect.  So, just be patient and let it dry naturally.

For the rest of the card, I wanted to make the design small so you could see most of the watercolor drip background.  I decided to use a combination of February Paper Pumpkin stamps and some Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape, which worked great because the tape is see-through.  I stamped my heart images and approximated where I would place them.  Then, I used glue dots to secure a tangle of black twine.  (The black twine is also from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.)  The “OXOX” paper is from the Stacked With Love Designer Paper Stack.


To really secure the tangle of black twine, I placed lots of Dimensionals behind my hearts before I adhered them.

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I punched the smaller hearts from Gold Foil paper with the Confetti Hearts Border punch.  I used glue dots to secure them.  Some the the hearts are so little that I had to pull the glue dots apart to make them small enough to fit underneath.

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I punched the larger Gold Foil heart with a Sweetheart Punch.

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In addition to the Paper Pumpkin stamps and Black Baker’s Twine, I used the following supplies on my card:

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So, break out your Aqua Painters or paint brushes and try a watercolor drip background on your next card.  Happy stamping!

Tami Hewlett

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