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Freehand Watercoloring with Liquid Watercolors & Glimmer Metallic Ink

by Jessica Frost-Ballas November 28, 2018 7 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with an idea for an easy Hanukkah card using liquid watercolors and glimmer metallic inks to freehand watercolor candles from a menorah!

To start I taped a piece of watercolor paper to a hardboard and then added a few drops of Dark Teal, Deep Ocean, and Indigo liquid watercolors to my porcelain palette. Then I added a drop of Pewter glimmer metallic ink to each color and a few drops on its own. I wanted to keep my background super simple so I wet the paper to resemble the candles and then used a damp paintbrush to add a little glimmery liquid watercolor to each candle.I tried to keep the pigment to the left of each candle and let it blend out on the right. I let that dry and then splattered a little Deep Ocean liquid watercolor and Pewter glimmer metallic ink over the background. The glimmer ink adds a lovely bit of shimmer to each candle! Once the candles were dry I added flames with Dandelion liquid watercolor mixed with a bit of Gold glimmer metallic ink

Once the panel was dry I trimmed it down and adhered it to a navy blue base. I die-cut part of the sentiment from the same navy blue cardstock with the Luggage Tag Alphabet Frame Cuts and adhered them to the watercolor panel with regular adhesive. Next I stamped the rest of the sentiment from Wishes Stamp & Cut onto white cardstock with Pool ink. I trimmed it down to an angled label and adhered it to the card with foam mounting tape. Finally I added a few ombre blue sequins to finish the card! You could easily do a similar watercolor design with a Christmas tree, jack o' lantern, Easter egg, heart, balloon, or gift to fit any holiday or special occasion! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!





Jessica Frost-Ballas
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7 Responses

Deneen Wilson
Deneen Wilson

December 03, 2018

Very nice….live the colors

JoAnne Ferguson
JoAnne Ferguson

December 01, 2018

I love your card. The colors and simplicity of the letters says it all.

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

November 30, 2018

Awesome card and ideas

Henriétte
Henriétte

November 29, 2018

Gorgeous, loose and simple but awesome card Jess. thank you so much for sharing.

Debi Walton
Debi Walton

November 28, 2018

Love the free and loose simplicity of this card. It’s beautiful.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

November 28, 2018

Beautiful!!

 Teresa Doyle
Teresa Doyle

November 28, 2018

Wow, this is beautiful Jessica., I love it.