I’ve seen this watercolour wash style a lot and like the loose organic feel. This card was particularly inspired by Camilla Damsbo Brix who has a lovely loose, expressive style I’m drawn to. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- Lightly stamp the buttercup from the Thoughtful Flowers set in a light water-reactive ink such as Antique Linen, multiple times on a watercolour card.
- Watercolour a loose wash across the card avoiding some of the areas for the flowers.
- Wait for the wash to dry and then paint in the stems and leaves with a darker green and the flowers in yellow.
- Wait for this layer to dry and then with a black waterproof pen loosely outline the flowers, leaves and stems. Try to relax and not to be too precise.
- Splatter with leftover paint, white gouache and Perfect Pearls solution.
- Trim the panel to be just smaller than an A2 card and mount onto a Neenah Desert Storm card base with foam adhesive.
- Stamp a greeting from the Beautiful Butterflies set in clear embossing ink on a scrap of watercolour card and heat emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder.
- Trim the sentiment and add to the card with foam tape.
- Embellish with eggshell pearls to finish.
I find creating in a loose style so hard but it is one I love! I used mainly two colours when watercolouring this wash – Undersea Green and Quinacridone Gold. These colours have been with me since the beginning and are still ones I go to dip my brush in regularly.
Although the final result looks simple, I found it hard to loosen up and draw in the outlines of the flowers and leaves in a sketchy style but I’m glad I had a go! One tip for creating a loose black line is to hold the pen further back from the nib. This way you lose the ability to be too precise.
Here’s a recent card I made and although the techniques are different, they have the same feel to me. The card uses the same Thoughtful Flowers set but in a layered, stamped, Distress inky way. You can find the original post here.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D