2 Easy Watercolor techniques for beginners

by Terri

Hey there, thank you for stopping by today.  I thought I'd share a couple of cards using the Paint-A-Flower White Swan Echinacea stamp set and two watercolour techniques.

I wanted to show that you don't have to be the best artist to make a beautiful card with the PAF stamp sets. Even though I do aspire to be as good as Erum one day! One of the easiest ways to get a great look is to use White heat embossing and loose watercoloring.

I started off by stamping and heat embossing my images using the  Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and Embossing Ink.  It's important to use an Anti static tool or some corn starch on your chosen surface to keep any stray powder from sticking. I embossed onto the A2 loose sheets Watercolor Paper.

I spritzed the surface of the paper with water before using the Winter Wonderland Water brush Markers to add colour, then I dragged a little colour into the centre of the card and sprinkled with coarse rock salt whilst it dried, I love the effect this gives. Once dry I dusted off the salt and stamped the sentiment using Obsidian Pigment Ink. I then trimmed the panel to measure 4″x5.5″ and added it to a card base using Instant Dimension Foam Tape .

When the PAF White Swan Echinacea was released, I shared the card below for the blog hop, it's an easy ombre watercolour with simplistic coloring.

To achieve this look I stamped the P-A-F White Swan Echinacea onto  A2 loose sheets Watercolor Paper using Obsidian Pigment Ink. I added a water colour wash using the Watercolor Essential 12 Pan Set, I find the best way to do this is to add water to the front and back of the paper and lay it onto a glass or plastic surface, the Altenew Watercolor Palette is perfect. The water above and below create an even surface tension and stop the paper from curling up. I then use a wide brush to apply my chosen colors making sure to blend them where they meet. Once dry I then use a smaller paintbrush to add color to the flowers.

Hopefully you will feel that these two techniques are achievable and give them a try. We'd love to see if you do, so please tag us on social media.

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