Watercolor Smoosh Technique

I have no idea what to really call this, so I’m rolling with watercolor smoosh. I’m apparently in a watercolor phase right now. I kept seeing all of these gorgeous bright watercolor card backgrounds and I was determined to figure it out. I’m by no means an expert like Wilna Furstenberg, but I’ve taught myself a few things. I share several of these techniques in my Pumpkin Emojis Card Kit Video, but I have a new one to share today. The #1 tip I can give you is to get some tube watercolors. You mix your own with water and therefore you can control the depth of color. You might think they are super expensive but they are not. I got my set at Michaels Craft Store or they are available on Amazon: Reeves Watercolor Set

Fall Watercolor Card with watercolor background tutorial

Once you’ve got the right supplies you are ready to begin. Mix up your paints on a paint palette. I started with red, yellow and orange.

 watercolor background tutorial

Using your brush, paint onto an acrylic stamp blog. I dabbed the orange here and there on the block and then filled in the empty spots with yellow and red. I dripped a bit of water onto the block with my wet brush to let them blend together and create the marble watercolor look.

 watercolor background tutorial

Next I lay my paper flat on the acrylic block and smoosh and press with my hand.

That’s it! This works on watercolor paper and on regular cardstock and the results are beautiful. I can’t wait to try this with blue and green for a cool ocean look.

Fall Watercolor Card with watercolor background tutorial

For my cards, I added a few leaves cut with my Fall Leaf Bundle Cut files and I used the technique I shared here to Make Realistic Leaves.


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Fall Leaf SVG cutting files

Fall Leaf Bundle Cut Files

Reeves Watercolors

4 Comments on Watercolor Paint Marble Smoosh Technique

  1. Ann
    October 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm (1 year ago)


  2. Petals
    December 7, 2016 at 11:54 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for that tip Michelle, looks quick and turns out beautiful. I love watercolours too and need to make more time to play!

    • Michelle Price
      December 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s hard to stop once you get going :) Thanks for stopping by!


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