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.
Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tim Holtz distress inks and stains are awesome for watercolor techniques. They react with water, and combine beautifully.
- 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.