Watercolor Backgrounds

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Article courtesy Scrapjazz.com; by Rachel Myerson

Have you ever considered using watercolors to create a background for your card or layout? Even if you are not an artist or a painter, this is much easier than it sounds. Here are some steps that even a non-painter can use to create watercolor backgrounds for cards or layouts.

Choose your watercolor media

There are many different methods of using watercolors. The most obvious is to use the old-fashioned way with regular watercolor paints, a paint brush, and a cup of water. Another possibility is to use watercolor crayons or pencils with a blender pen. Personally, I use my inks with a water-brush (sometimes called an aqua-pen). I dab some ink onto the inside of the pad cover or onto an acrylic block. I dip the water-brush into the ink, and then I give it a small squeeze to add the right amount of water and start to paint.

Define your areas

This step is optional, but makes it much easier. Choose a black pen or ink that won't bleed. Then draw or stamp a simple design across your paper. Simple lines, waves, or circles can be enough. For this card, I used a border stamp to define the areas.


Fill in your sections

Using the watercolors, fill in the sections you have defined. If you don't want the colors to bleed into one another, wait for a section to dry before filling in the section next to it. Don't worry if you use different amounts of water at different spots; the uneven nature of the watercolors will give a very nice effect. You don't even have to worry about staying in the lines either, because watercolors still come out great.


If you choose not to define your areas, just start at an edge of the paper and make wavy lines or sections. In this case, you may want your colors to bleed into one another.

Wait for it to dry and complete the project

That's it. Add a title, photos, and embellishments as you normally would. You can even stamp or journal directly on your watercolors once they are dry.


In this article, I have shown a card, but this technique can be easily used for scrapbook pages as well.


So you don't think you can paint? If you can color in the lines, or even outside of them, then you can create great watercolor backgrounds for your cards and scrapbook pages.


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