Hello crafters! I love watercolor backgrounds, but often I find that with the lack of control you have over watercolor, it’s difficult to get the look I am going for. After a lot of experimenting, I found three ways to create the watercolor look, and two of them don’t even require you to mess around (a lot). Check it out!
I included the steps for a traditional watercolor background, using my Gambi watercolors, but of course you can use any kind of traditional watercolor for this look. I found the most important aspect to wet my paper before I started – this would allow the color to run “naturally” and it did the work for me, instead of my desperately trying to make it go the way I wanted it to.
But if you don’t have traditional watercolors, or just don’t have had great experience with this technique, fear not! I guess most of us have Distress Inks and blending tools, so just sponge a background with the colors you like and then spritz it with a Mini Mister! Mine had perfect pearls mist in it, which is why I have the shimmer, but you could just use normal water to activate the color. Move the paper to create fun effects, or leave it flat to dry.
The last technique is my favorite, though. All you need is a somewhat solid (larger) stamp – it doesn’t need to be this Distress Pattern set from My Favorite Things, even though it makes it a lot easier, but every larger solid stamp will work. Ink it up with Distress Ink, add a bit of water from a brush to make the color very “runny” (or wet your paper surface!) and then stamp – voila, perfect controlled mess! If the impression isn’t the shape you are going for, just use a wet brush to smudge everything around and you’re golden.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired! Cheers!