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- Textured Backgrounds for Journal Pages
- Finding Inspiration in the Everyday
- Making A Tag Book
- Ugly Pages
- Incorporating lists in your Art Journal
- Tips for Using Magazines in your Art Journal
- Six fun watercolour techniques
- A guide to the transfer technique
- Making backgrounds with Gelatos
- Art Collective
- Make your own notebook using pamphlet stitch
- Lists Inspir-action
- Lists Prompts + Sidekick
Six fun watercolour techniques
Hey friends, it is Katie from the Creative Team here again! Watercolors are my favorite medium at the moment. I discovered them early last year and just fell in love with how they flow and blend. They’re not always too easy to control, but you can do some really fun things with them! Today I wanted to share with you 6 different techniques that you can do with watercolors. You can use any ole cheap watercolors for these, you don’t have to have a fancy set (although if you do, can I come play?) If you’re already familiar with these techniques, consider this a challenge to use one of them in a new way- a crazy color combo, combining techniques, etc.
This is an all time favorite and probably one you’ve already heard of. If you sprinkle salt onto wet watercolors you will get a really fun look. The salt soaks up some of the color, leaving a mottled look. Just sprinkle the salt on while the paint is wet, let it dry completely, and then rub the salt off. Sometimes if my salt is stuck on really good, I’ll lightly rub over it with an eraser. 2. Plastic Wrap! Go to you kitchen and dig out your plastic wrap/cling wrap/saran wrap! Brush a couple of different colors onto your paper, making sure to use plenty of water, and place a piece of plastic wrap over top. You will want to “smoosh” or “wrinkle” the plastic wrap a little to create air pockets, as you can see in my photo. Let the paint dry completely while the plastic wrap is on it, and then remove. 3. Coloring! This is pretty much just what the name says. Sketch out a line drawing with a waterproof black pen and then fill it in with watercolors. It seems super simple, but this is one of my most favorite ways to use watercolor paints. 4. Crayons! Did you know that watercolors resister crayons? They sure do. You can doodle with a crayon, or trace around a stamp/magazine clipping/photo/etc and then brush watercolor over top of it. The watercolor will resist the wax. I like to use white crayon for this technique, but I also demonstrated with black and colored crayons. 5. Gel Medium! Like with the crayons, the gel medium acts as a resist with watercolors. So apply some gel medium to your paper either by running it through a stencil, “painting” with it, or however you’d like, and then brush watercolors over top. 6. Heat Emboss! This is a great way to use all those stamps in your art journal with a fun, artsy look. Use embossing ink and clear embossing powder to stamp and emboss your designs. Once embossed, brush watercolors over the embossed designs! Have you tried any (or all?!) of these? I think salt and coloring are my favorite. As you can see I used the salt technique on the cover of my art journal for the Messy Lists season. I did the layer of colors and then the black layer with salt. After it was all dry I brushed off the salt and added a few Sharpie dots as well.
Katie is an Artist located in Washington, USA. She loves anything and everything crafty- from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, to quilting. Katie is constantly inspired by nature, outer space, and colors.