Watercolor Tips and Tricks

I’ve been really focused on making cards lately.  The Caring Hearts Card Drive inspired me to try out some new techniques, and I’m finding that I really like water coloring on cards.  Here’s a card I made using emboss/resist technique.  You can find more of my cards on my Instagram page here.

Christmas Watercolor Card

Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned:

Watercolor tips

  1. Use watercolor paper.  I get the larger size (9×12) paper pads for about $6 at AC Moore, and cut them into quarters.  Good paper that doesn’t pill up makes a difference.
  2. Use good brushes.  I was very frustrated at first because the brushes I was using kept shedding.   I found a “Simply Simmons” line at AC Moore that’s affordable and performs well.  Each brush is about $4.
  3. Make a swatch card on watercolor paper to help you to see what the color will look like – it’s hard to tell from the dry color.
  4. Tim Holtz distress inks and stains are awesome for watercolor techniques.  They react with water, and combine beautifully.
  5. My Favorite tip – put water in a multi-divided container so you don’t have to keep switching out your water.  I noticed that my hero, Jennifer McGuire does something like this with a pill sorter size container.  I kicked it up a notch and used a container meant for storing beads.  Only $1.99 and it closes tightly when not in use.


I’m also taking an “Watercolor for Card Makers” class at OnlineCardClasses.com, and I’m loving it!


I’m also sharing ideas on a new Watercolors board on Pinterest.

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