Hi, it's Therese, and I am back with another edition of Take 2 with Therese. Today, I'm sharing two card ideas to create a watercolor look with ink blending and layering stencils!
New Watercolor Look with Layering Stencils!
But, what if you want a ‘watercolor look'? Well, did you know that you can do that, too?
I'm going to share 5 Tips & Tricks to help you create, plus a BONUS tip!
Both of today's cards were made using the beautiful Mega Blossom Layering Stencil, but this technique could easily be stretched to many other layering stencil sets that are available.
Can you imagine this technique in a ‘graphic pattern' style!
Watercolor Look Technique No.1 – Simple Watercolor Image!
Tip #1 – Use Watercolor Cardstock
Watercolor paper is made specifically for watercoloring and it has a coating on one side which makes it more absorbent.
Regular cardstock will not tolerate the layers of water required for this technique. The paper may buckle or tear, and the watercolor may spread out, bleeding through the paper which will make it difficult to get nice smooth lines.
Using Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper will make it easier if you plan to do any stamping on the finished piece as it has a smoother finish!
Tip #2 – No Watercolors?
Not sure if watercoloring is for you? Did you know that you can watercolor with any water-based ink pad? This is a great way to try this medium without any extra cost to see if you like the techniques and results.
Simply ‘smoosh' an ink pad onto a non-porous surface such as a palette or plate and pick up the ink with a brush dipped in water.
Like it? Love it? A good place to start is watercolor half pans, these are compressed squares of paint that come in premade colors, so if you are not confident about color mix then this is a great option. Or, you could try some Watercolor Tube paints, you need only a few to get started as you can create your own color mixes with these.
Many of these are also lightfast tested which means you will know if a certain color will fade or change in the presence of light (particularly important if you are painting a piece that will be on display for extended periods). These paints go a LONG way!
Tip #3 – Sticky Grid Mat!
To hold stencils in place while coloring, use a tool such as the Sticky Grid Mat. This is a game changer as it decreases the chance of tearing the cardstock when removing tape.
Watercolor Look Technique No.2 – Splattered Watercolor Image!
Let's change it up a little. For the next card design, I thought it would be fun to use ‘splatters' through the stencil to create to base portions of the image. You may notice that it has a very similar look because I kept the same basic design and colors, but it definitely changes it up… and it was fun to do!
AND I didn't use any extra tools for this technique, you can see how in the video linked below.
Tip #4 – Mask
Be sure to mask or ‘cover' areas of the stencils that may be exposed when ‘splattering'. Simply use a scrap piece of cardstock, post-it notes, or low tack tape (be very careful to remove this gently).
Tip #5 – Drying Time
Allow adequate drying time between each watercolored layer of the stencil. This will help prevent color bleeding and muddying of colors which will also give a more defined and crisp color to the layers.
Choose colors that blend well or ‘play nicely together', so as not to get a muddy look. And, if you are not sure, simply check on a tool such as a color wheel or just combine the colors together on a scrap piece of cardstock to see what the results are.
Watch the video below:
I hope you are inspired to create a watercolor look with your inks and stencils today! Let me know in the comments below if you are going to try either of these techniques. Have fun crafting!
Fresh Dye Inks – Sunray | Chamomile | Frayed Leaf
24 Watercolor Pan Set – Green Meadows | Cherry Blossom