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Loose Watercoloring with Liquid Watercolors

by Jessica Frost-Ballas February 25, 2020 10 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with a fun and easy way to use liquid watercolors on die-cut images!

I just loved the monstera leaves in the new Paper Layering Plant and Stand and since monsteras come in all colors and sizes I thought it would be fun to do some very loose watercoloring! To start I die-cut the leaves several times from watercolor paper. Then I placed them on a craft mat so I wouldn't worry about them getting paint everywhere and spritzed them liberally with water until they were almost dripping wet. On a separate palette I added a few drops of Dark Teal, Jungle Mist, Leaf and Pine liquid watercolors.  I used a large round wet paintbrush to just add drops of the lighter colors on the center of my leaves and the darker colors on the edges. I really let the damp paper do most of the blending for me and just used my paintbrush to make sure the leaves were totally covered and not showing any white. I also die-cut the plant stand and painted it with Black and White liquid watercolors.  I was a little more deliberate in this painting keeping the darkest colors on the edge of the pot and the lighter shades inside. Once I was happy with the coverage I set them aside to dry completely.

While they were drying I worked on the rest of my card. I started by blending Pool Party and Blue Raspberry Reactive Ink along the bottom left corner of an A2 panel of Hero Hues Dove White cardstock. I allowed the Pool Party ink to fade to white and then splattered the panel with water. I blotted off the excess to lighten areas of the panel and then let it dry. Meanwhile I die-cut the Congrats from Congrats Happy Stamp & Cut from Hero Hues Pitch Black cardstock three times and used Liquid Precision Glue to adhere them together. Once everything was dry I adhered my plant pot to the blended background with foam mounting tape and drew a few long stems with a Copic marker. Then I added my leaves to the panel with a mix of regular adhesive and foam mounting tape for a change in texture and dimension. I also used my fingers to curl up the sides of the leaves a little for more dimension. Finally I added the sentiment to finish the card!

And that's it! You can use a similar watercoloring technique for lots of our fancy dies and I'd love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!





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10 Responses

Bonita Reyes
Bonita Reyes

February 26, 2020

This gave me a different point of view for using this stamp. Great idea

Joan Bardee
Joan Bardee

February 25, 2020

just gorgeous!!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

February 25, 2020

Great technique and beautiful card!

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

February 25, 2020

Very nice I like simple.

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

February 25, 2020

Stunnnig colouring Jess, I love this awesome card.
Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful day.

Lagene
Lagene

February 25, 2020

Gorgeous card! I love the blended leaves!

Hero Arts
Hero Arts

February 25, 2020

Thank you Maryann! Jessica used Canson Montval paper. She said it holds lots of water without pilling (as long as you don’t work it too much with a brush) so it’s great for a messy technique like this!

MaryAnn Somers
MaryAnn Somers

February 25, 2020

Love the soft dreamy colors! Would you tell me what kind of watercolor paper you used?

Bunny
Bunny

February 25, 2020

I love the colors on this card. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Helen
Helen

February 25, 2020

What a lovely card, Jess. These are great leaves…the dies are perfect for the type of watercoloring you used to create them. Looks like this set will be going on my wish list! tfs