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Mixing Liquid Watercolors

by Jessica Frost-Ballas April 12, 2019 4 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with a greenery-filled card featuring the fun Hang in There Potted Plants and liquid watercolors!

Okay, confession time...mixing watercolors scares the living daylights out of me!  When I do use watercolors I tend to stick to single colors and play around with the amount of water I'm adding to get different variations on that single shade. But I almost never try mixing colors because I feel like I just end up with varying shades of brown no matter how much I work with color theories and mixing groups... But I decided to challenge myself and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

To start I placed a long panel of watercolor cardstock in my MISTI and stamped the plants from Hang in There Potted Plants with Versafine and heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then I stamped the plants again on a second piece of watercolor paper. Next I added drops of Moss, Pine, Dark Teal, Leaf, Dandelion, Artprint Brown, Cocoa, Black, White, and Purple liquid watercolor to my palette. I started by wetting the stamped image...then I added a tiny bit of one color to one end of the leaf and a second color to the other end and let the wet paper blend the two colors together. Sometimes I'd use a damp clean brush to blend the colors together. I also experimented with mixing colors on my palette and using them to color the leaves, pots, and dirt. The great thing about a card like this is that plants come in ALL shades so variations of light green all the way to dark teal are acceptable! :) Finally I added a very watered down teal wash to the background of one panel and then let everything dry!

Once everything was dry I die-cut one panel of plants with the coordinating dies.  This is a simple way to avoid masking intricate images! Simply stamp one panel and fill it in with die-cut images! ;) I used a mixture of Precision Glue and foam mounting tape to add the die-cut plants to my panel. I stamped the sentiment onto Pitch Black Hero Hues Cardstock and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I cut the sentiment apart to fit my scene better and adhered it to the panel with foam mounting tape to finish the card. This wasn't my intention when I started but the card really reminds me of my parents' home...my mom has quite the green thumb and her home is filled with plants! I think this might make a perfect Mother's Day card! ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic day!





Jessica Frost-Ballas
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4 Responses

Henriétte
Henriétte

April 12, 2019

Gorgeous card Jess, love to see that you made more colours by mixing them.
Thank you so much for sharing and have a great weekend.

Candi
Candi

April 12, 2019

Glad to see you mixing colors. So many more colors and depth available when mixing.

Candi
Candi

April 12, 2019

Glad to see you mixing colors. So many more colors and depth available when mixing.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

April 12, 2019

Lovely card :)