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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Easy Watercolor Background

Hopping onto the
with this beauty!

I used my daughter's adorable Winnie images
from the stamp set "Winnie's Warm Wishes"
SnSS just announced some super exciting news
about this stamp set... omingcay oonsay...
I'm so excited I can't stand it!
Now to hope hope hope for a sweet little die
to accompany sweet Winnie in the
"Winter with Winnie" stamp set.

I used Copics on sweet Winnie's gloves.
For all other details see tutorial below.

Watercolor Backgrounds are some of the easiest ways
to watercolor for those of us who do not watercolor well...
(or those of us who do not like to watercolor because
we think we don't know HOW to watercolor well.)
(All of the above in parentheses
spoken out of the side of my mouth
with a slight had to cover as I speak, wink wink.)

Allow me to show you some simple tips...

I prefer to use an Aquapainter offered by Stampin' Up!
when I watercolor but like to offer both options
of a paint brush as well as the Aquapainters.
I find brushes tend to make me work quicker
as the brush doesn't stay wet for long.
Whereas the Aquapainter offers water nonstop and
can be gently squeezed to apply more water when needed.
The catch to using the Aquapainters
is to not squeeze too much water at one time.
Try both and see which one you prefer.

You will find a handy dandy video
at the end of this post
showing the option of the Aquapainter.

Most of the time, you will want to
slide your paint brush along the side
of your water jar to remove excess water.
(see photo above)
However, when I am creating
Watercolor Backgrounds,
I leave as much water in my brush as possible.

Using just one corner of the paintbrush,
dab into the dot of reinker.
I used the following reinkers for my bookmarks...
Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, and Crushed Curry.

Then rather quickly (and messily)
swipe the inked paintbrush side to side
over a piece of watercolor paper.
Watercolor paper is a MUST when watercoloring.
You may be tempted to think any kind of
thick card stock will do but trust me...
(ask me how I know)
watercolor paper really and truly is best.

Here is the video tutorial showing
you the option of using an Aquapainter...

Repeat these steps in all three colors and
enjoy creating something fun and beautiful with you

Thanks for visiting today!
Be sure to check out all the fun of the

Have a creative day!


CarlavdM said...

Kelly you card is just wonderfull.
Have not seen it at the Coffee-blog-hop...go add it for everyone to see!!!

Debbie McNamee said...

very nice, thanks for the instructions too!

DIANA L. said...

Beautiful watercolor background
Thank you for joining the FALL CLBH Have a blessed day


Christy Q said...

What a beautiful tag and love the watercolored background. Thank you for the tutorial on how you achieved it!

Celeste Goff said...

What a beautiful watercolored tag!!! Love that image!

Michele Henderson said...

Very pretty card! Love the pretty watercolor background!
Take care!

Tenia Nelson said...

So cool!!

vinita jain said...

Love the colorful background with a sweet image and thanks for sharing the video! Happy hopping!

An'Jenic G. said...

Beautiful rainbow of colors. I love the sentiment and iamge used.

Tracie Pond said...

super cute!

VanessaB said...


Sylvia said...

What pretty water coloring, Kelly, lovely card! Happy hopping!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Pretty back washed bookmark~

Twenty Five Smiles said...

Love how you made this!

Jenny said...

Beautiful watercolor effect!

Ceal said...

Fabulous, love that pretty background!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your watercolour backgrounds are gorgeous! Thank you for the video! Would love to try this!

D.Ann C said...

LOVELY backgrounds for your tags/bookmarks!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Beautiful work, Kelly.

Helen F. said...

Totally adorable card. Nice watercolor effect, Kelly.

Happy Dance said...

Thank you for sharing your video. The raindrop bookmark is sweet. Love the coffee bookmark too. Winnie's mittens are perfect for a cool Fall day. Congrats to your daughter for getting some coordinating dies, too! You both must be very excited. Bev

~amy~ said...

I love it, such a pretty card...awesome watercoloring!

Shelly said...

Beautiful!! Love the watercolor!

wendy said...

pretty card, thanks for the tutorial

Hetty said...

What a lovely tag, thanks for sharing how you made it.

Cindy C. said...

Beautiful watercolours!!

Helen Gullett said...

What a beautiful tag/bookmark, Kelly! I love the stamp set :) She is so pretty. And Thank you for your tips of watercoloring.

Brandi R said...

Beautiful watercolor. Love both of these ♥

Seleise Barrett said...

beautiful watercolor and love how it all came together!

Lisa said...

Beautiful background!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Cool technique!

Annie LaVallee-Curtis said...

Gorgeous bookmark creations and love the tutorial! Thanks for sharing this inspiration! ~Annie

Sue Reynolds said...

Cool technique and love the watercoloring. Love your tag.