Last time I shared how to make a watercolor wash. Today, I’ll show you watercolor “blobs.” Maybe this technique has an official name–I couldn’t find it. Its a modified “smoosh” technique, but since I can’t make the original smoosh technique work, I won’t be sharing that.
This technique is remarkably easy. Its the technique that finally got me over my watercolor hurdle.
- plastic baggie
- Stampin’ Write markers (at least 2 colors)
- something to drip water with
- a piece of paper, cut to the size you need
Remember that there are 2 kinds of paper that play well with water: watercolor paper, and shimmery white cardstock. Be sure to cut the paper to the size you need. I didn’t in the finished card above, and you can see that trimming it cut into the watercolored area. Its not a huge issue, but I would have preferred otherwise.
- Step 1: using the brush end of the marker, scribble on the plastic bag
- Tip: scribble at least 2 colors and keep the scribbled areas very close/touching one another
- Step 2: drip water on the paper
- Tip: the area of the water drips should be similar to the area scribbled on the bag
- Step 3: apply the inked side of the bag to the paper
- Tip: work especially quickly if you are using shimmery white cardstock, since it isn’t as water friendly as watercolor paper
- Step 4: smoosh the water/ink around and remove the bag
- Tip: use the edge of a paper towel to soak up excess water
Allow to dry thoroughly before use. You can stamp directly on it, use it with your Big Shot for detailed thinlits, or use it as a backdrop as I have here.
Here are some different color combinations–the result will vary each time you do this. (notice the different shapes of the blobs)
My sample Easter card uses Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Crushed Curry.
So…super easy, practically foolproof, and “artistic”. Give watercolor blobs a try–you’ll love it!