Watercolor wash

I’m not a classically trained artist – SURPRISE – but I pay attention to trends and try to pick up simple techniques.  One thing I’ve learned is that watercolor paper makes a big difference when you are, well, watercoloring.  A couple of weeks ago I played with watercolor wash:

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields Watercolor Wash

  • Stamps:  Flowering Fields, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
  • Accessories:  Aquapainter, Stampin’ Write markers

I started with the watercolor paper and played with the wash.  If you look closely at the card above, you’ll see that I held it upright before the water had soaked in, and it created a little river of yellow through the blue.  Color theory:  yellow + blue = green.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields Watercolor Wash

When I trimmed the panels down to make cards, the color was too close to the edge.  That just means I’ll have to make more in order to try again.

Maui Stamper Flowering Fields Watercolor Wash

The sentiment on this card is from the Wetlands stamp set, and I used my Uniball White Gel pen to add some accents to those flowers.  These are simple cards – you could make a batch in one afternoon.  I like to make them without sentiments and set them aside until I need them.  I can customize with the sentiment and font that matches my purpose.

Experiment a little!  It’s just paper {wink}.

11 thoughts on “Watercolor wash

  1. I just came upon your cards on Pinterest. These cards are SO my taste, they are simply BEAUTIFUL!!! Could you tell me the colors you used on the second & third card. I saw the colors listed for the first card. I especially need to know if all the yellows are the same color and if the pink is a coral or a pink (I need yellow and coral inks so I would like to know the colors used). I’m not creative so I am so thankful for your inspiration. Thanks a bunch.


    1. Karen, it’s been a while but I will do what I can to help. And YES YOU ARE CREATIVE!! Don’t tell yourself otherwise 🙂

      I’m pretty sure the second card (Thank You) is also Daffodil Delight paired with Calypso Coral. The third card is So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Tip Top Taupe. But if you have to buy, I would just get the Daffodil Delight and water it down more. That’s the beauty of watercolor – you can get a variety of shades in the same color family by using more or less water.

      I use those inexpensive plastic watercolor palettes (I can’t make a link work here, but google it – mine has 6 wells, it’s very small). I put a drop of ink from the ink refills into the well, then add a small amount of water. If it gets too light, I add more ink, or even put the same ink into the next well and put in less water so that I’ll have two shades of the same color.

      The key is to buy watercolor paper for this project. Stampin’ Up! sells it cut into lovely, convenient pieces, but you can find it other places. If you want to try this technique, you need that paper.

      Let me know how you do – you beautiful, creative person, you!!


      1. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. We are traveling right now but as soon as I get home(in May), I will be trying this. I so appreciate your help.


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