The watercolor trend is so hot right now and I’m a big fan! I love the haphazard backgrounds that have been showing up on scrapbook lines and stationary products. The thing is-it takes a little practice and planning to make it look like you just freehanded a big swash of hombre color. At least that’s how it goes for me! You may be a watercolor genius and have no problem making the most beautiful backgrounds. So here is one technique I use to make my careful planning look like a happy accident. You’ll need some Faber Castell Gelatos and a large acrylic block.
- I first created a card base by cutting a word and a card shape from plain white cardstock. I used my Pazzles Inspiration Vue to cut out the words and the Pazzles Pen Tool and a fine line Sharpie to draw the penned part of the sentiment. You can easily create these files in whatever software you use.
- Because I wanted the penned sentiment to show up under the bright color of the Gelatos, I filled in the inside of the letters with my Sharpie.
- Lay acrylic block over the cut out word. Using Gelatos color on your acrylic block. Because the block is see through you can see just how large you need to make your color block.
- Lift the acrylic block away from your paper and lightly mist the Gelatos on the block with water. Tilt the block back and forth so the Gelatos run a bit. You can even use your finger to blend the colors a bit. Flip over the block and “stamp” the watercolor over your cut out word.
- If it doesn’t look quite right you can mist the block again and re-stamp the color. Any little watermarks will disappear when it dries.