Soap Bubbles Liquid Watercolor Background + Video

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hi friends!

Happy Saturday! Svitlana is here today. You all know that Altenew has recently released their Liquid Watercolor Brush Markers Refills. This product is suitable for many many techniques and want to share one of them here.

I don’t know the “official” name for this technique, I learned it when I was a child. I call it – soap bubbles background.

Altenew Liquid Watercolor Svitlana Shayevich Frilly Frame 01

For this technique you need a small bowl (mine is about a cup size) filled with water, dishwashing soap, a straw, and liquid watercolor. For my card, I used the Autumn Blaze and Crimson Liquid Watercolors.

  • First, I mixed water, some dishwashing soap (I was totally eyeballing it) and 4-5 drops of the Autumn Blaze Liquid Watercolor in the bowl.
  • Next, I inserted the straw into the mix and started blowing into it, causing soap bubbles forming in the bowl and rising over its rim.
  • Then, I took a watercolor panel and kind of picked up the bubbles with it. Within several seconds, they popped leaving behind an interesting and quite unique “bubble background”. I did it several times 'til it covered the whole panel with bubbles.
  • After that, I dried the panel with my heat tool completely.

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Next, I added another layer of bubbles doing everything in the same manner and using the Crimson Liquid Watercolor.

I let the panel dry completely and foam mounted it onto a white card base.

Altenew Liquid Watercolor Svitlana Shayevich Frilly Frame 03

I die cut a frame out of a Solar White Cardstock using the Frilly Frame Die and adhered it onto the card. Next I die cut a sentiment out of a Solar White Cardstock using a die from the Script Words Die Set and adhered it onto the card as well.

To finish off the card, I added several white crystals.

Altenew Liquid Watercolor Svitlana Shayevich Frilly Frame 02

Several tips:

1. Don’t use a very large container. I found a small bowl about a cup size to be the perfect size for this. In this technique, you’re working with those bubbles raised over a bowl rim. So with a bigger bowl, you will need to blow more to get enough bubbles going on over the rim or even maybe have more water in a bowl (see the next item).
2. Don't add a lot of water to the mix. A quarter of a cup is more than enough. The more water you add – the more you dilute the liquid watercolor in the mix – the less intense color of the background you get. Unless you're going for a very settled result and if you don't want to waste the liquid watercolor – do not use a lot of water.
3. If you decide to make several layers of bubbles – dry your piece between layers completely. With this technique, the amount of paint that ends up on a paper is minimal. On a wet paper, watercolor tends to move and spread around. You can lose your bubble “design” as it will basically blend out. Hope it makes sense.

Below you can find the process video where you can see how this card was made. You can watch it here or in HD on Altenew’s YouTube channel:

So this will be it for today. Hope you like the technique I shared today and will give it a try.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Tina z. September 28, 2019 - 10:12 AM

So beautiful, I love this technique.

Svitlana Shayevich October 3, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Thank you, Tina!

Daria Z. September 28, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Such a lovely card (and the snowflake, as well)! Thanks for reminding me of this technique.

Svitlana Shayevich October 3, 2019 - 1:14 PM

I’m glad you like them, Daria! Thank you!

Lagene September 28, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Wonderful background technique, I will try this!

Svitlana Shayevich October 3, 2019 - 1:16 PM

You should! i’t s a lot of fun!

Jane B. September 28, 2019 - 12:08 PM

I haven’t blown bubbles for years! What a fun way to make such a unique background. Love this card!

Svitlana Shayevich October 24, 2019 - 10:40 AM

This technique is the funnest! I’m glad you like the card ;) Thank you!

Cindy C. September 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

Oh what a fun technique?! The background turned out so beautifully!

Svitlana Shayevich October 24, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Thank you, Cindy!

CarolMc September 28, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Love the technique. Cardmaking that makes you feel like a kid again. Can’t wait to try it out.

Svitlana Shayevich October 24, 2019 - 11:34 AM

I hope you will enjoy it! Thanks!

Linda Green September 29, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Gorgeous backgrounds. I can’t wait to try this technique. I also have a very spoiled Maltipoo, named Lucy!

Svitlana Shayevich October 24, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Thank you, Linda! I firmly believe there is no another format with Maltipoos then spoiling. They’re too cute!

Linda BL October 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

What a cool technique! I really love the look of the soap bubbles on the watercolor paper.
It looks like a technique that even I could do! Lovely card.

Svitlana Shayevich October 24, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Thank you, Linda! I’m glad you like this technique and card ;)


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