Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Technique Tuesday - Watercolor Background

Welcome to Technique Tuesday.  Today's technique is generally used to create a focal image with a rubber stamp, but I think it also makes a great background, especially for a small project like an ATC or a greeting card.

Here's what you'll need:

A large stamp, such as a background stamp, but any large stamp will do.  Can be an abstract design or an actual image, such as flowers.  You'll see that it really doesn't matter with this technique. But it shouldn't have too much open space.
Dye based markers (in other words, water based...no Copics here!) in your chosen color palette.
Cardstock (you'll probably want to use white, but any light color should work as well).
Spray bottle filled with water.

Color the stamp with the markers.  Work randomly.  Start with the lightest color (so you don't contaminate your lighter markers with your darker colors).  Keep going until you've colored in everything.  Some blank spots are not only OK, but will add to the design.  Overlapping of colors is also just fine.

This is what my stamp looked like after I was finished coloring.

Now spray the stamp with the water.  Experiment here.  The more water you spray, the "looser", lighter, and more abstract your background will be.  Play with this technique to see how much water you like to use.  I just gave the stamp 2 good sprays.

Stamp onto the cardstock.  You may even get a second stamping (much lighter, of course) from that same stamp.  Here's my finished background, trimmed to ATC size:

As usual, I used this background for this week's challenge over at the PID yahoo group.  The theme is "crown me," and since the image called Sarah seems regal to me, I used her....and added enough bling to suit a princess:

You most likely have everything you need to try this at home....so go make some art!  And be sure to show us your finished projects.

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Anonymous said...

A very pretty and fun technique!!!!! Love it and will be trying it!!!!!

Mel♥ said...

Very Very Pretty Eileen

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

What a beautiful ATC! Really love the dreaminess of the effect. I will have to try this as a background. Thanks for the tutorial.

Elaine Allen

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Another BEAUTIFUL background technique...thanks Eileen!!!

Carol's Crafts said...

I love this technique, Eileen. I will definately give it a try. Thanks dear.

Itch2stitch.com said...

That gives such a lovely effect! suzie. xx

Dorothy said...

Wow! Yours looks great! I have tried this before but it didnt look anything like this!!!