Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Splash Watercolour Background Tutorial


I'm here with two cards I've made with the Splash Watercolour Background technique and a video tutorial on how I do this technique. :)  This is a very easy and quick way to make watercoloured backgrounds.  I love the randomness of this splattered look with lots of visual texture.  Make sure to use watercolour paper for this technique.

After finishing the background, I die-cut the fern leaf, brushed on lots of water and then randomly dropped in different shades of green ink.  Once the fern was dry, I diluted a small amount of gold acrylic paint with water and splattered over top.

This is also a reminder that we are half way through the month for the CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Watercolouring.  There's still over a week left to play, the challenge closes on March 24th.  Come join the fun! :)






The video on Splash Watercolour Backgrounds is below, or you can watch it on YouTube by clicking HERE.  It's very short (2:25) and I show lots of examples of cards I made using this background technique.

I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch the video and I'd appreciate a "thumbs up" if you find it helpful. :)  Thank you!




For my second card, I have used the same Splash Watercolour Background, this time using three colours of ink (Antique Linen / Brushed Corduroy / Peeled Paint).  I stamped my image first in archival black ink (waterproof), then added the background layers.  I blotted the blooms with paper towel after each layer of splashing so it was very light then I watercoloured over top with my pinks and yellows.  To finish I added splatters on top with diluted ink and a large brush.









Fern Hello
Stamps:  Where the Heart is (Simon Says)
Paper:  White cardbase (Neenah); Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Re-inkers:  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Pair of Ferns die (Cheery Lynn), water mister, waterbrush, gold paint (Lumiere)

Thinking of You Daisies
Stamps:  Daisy Thanks (Stampendous); Thinking of You (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water mister, waterbrush, Corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers)

34 comments:

Betty Keefe said...

lovely cards Loll - will have to give this a try.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous card Loll using your watercolored Splash technique :-) I love the colors you used to color your flowers too. TFS Loll. I am off to look at your tutorial and hear your voice my Canadian friend :-) Hugs, nancy

nancy littrell said...

P.S. Loved your tutorial Loll and how you shared some of your past cards using your technique. Hugs, Nancy

Brenda said...

Beautiful cards Loll and I loved your watercolored splash technique tutorial. That is something that I think I will be able to do too! Just might give it a go later on. Hugs, Brenda

Susan said...

Great video, Loll - nice and short and to the point. Good idea to show lots of card samples in it too.

I love the two cards you posted today, especially the one with the beautiful green leaf.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Well, okay, Lolly, I can hear you laughing at me. I really do have bottles of ink called Splash in vibrant colors. Maybe they are to be used in spray bottles. So I'm back to square one on those, but I really do love your QAST! I'm playful enough to want to call it the Pounce Watercolor Technique so I don't confuse it with those other things. And besides I like the sound of the word and the fun of pouncing. Then again, slapping or smacking would work, too, cuz you really smacked that card into those inks! I'll bet you already thought of that and figured you'd better not use those words or you might get some unwanted traffic on your blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you for another amazing way to make BEAUTIFUL cards!! Hugs, Dolly

Nancy Stislow said...

YAY! SO happy to see this today! How fun and I just love techniques that anyone can do. Thanks for doing this Loll! Those backgrounds are fabulous, soft and subtle, my favorite kind! Fantastic cards!

RitaR said...

What a wonderful video tutorial .... and your splash watercolor technique is very intriguing! I'm going to try this on my next card project. It appears to be a simple technique, but oftentimes it's the simple things that are so wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing your skill and your lovely card creations!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! Background which is created by this technique is unusual, but ... just. My background is lagging behind the the beauty of your background (I hope that this is clearly translated) Where is the secret? You have magic in your hands.
hugs,
BozenA

Susanne Vargas said...

Your card is fabulous! Love that background (watched the video and must try this technique - looks fun) and the splattered fern! The second card is also very pretty with those sweet daisies!

Marcia HIll said...

Great video Loll and I am so going to try this technique...thank you, thank you!! And the cards are all beautiful...I just love your CAS style!! :0)

Linda said...

Great video Loll ...... this looks so much fun. Lovely cards too, the splash makes fab backgrounds. xx

Mac Mable said...

Enjoyed your video and loving this technique. Another fabulous idea to use and thank you for sharing x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Loll, these are just gorgeous! I'm looking forward to popping over and seeing how you made that background! hugs :)

Bluemac said...

Your cards are great Loll. Really enjoyed your video which was so clear and helpful. Loved all the cards you made to show us too. Will give this technique a go and thanks so much for sharing more watercolouring ideas. Always look forward to your posts!

SARN said...

FANTASTIC and fun technique Loll . .. you make it look very easy, which is why I might give it a go! LOVE the cards you made with this technique.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Lee-Anne said...

What a great technique, Loll! Love, love, love the texture it adds! Beautiful cards!

Julia Aston said...

Two beautiful splatter creations Loll! Julia xx

Bonnie said...

I love this technique! The results are beautiful and it's so much fun! Love your fern and the bright daisies against the soft splashed backgrounds! Another great tutorial, my friend!

Kia said...

They are so beautiful Loll ... another one of your fabulous techniques to try ... thanks Loll

TK said...

Beautiful, Loll, I've never seen this technique where you flick the paper! Thank you!

shirley-bee said...

Beautiful cards, Loll, and great video tutorial!

Cathy said...

Great video Loll, love how easy this technique looks to great effect, Cathy x

Donna said...

Green and pink together... I LOVE that colour combination, Loll. Two fantastic cards... Off to see your 'how to' now :)

Birgit said...

What a fun technique with fabulous results! Your video makes it look so simple, and I guess it probably is, but I really must give this a try. Your cards always amaze me!

cm said...

Fabulous video (I think I might be able to accomplish this technique! Yayyy!) and gorgeous cards. Your pink daisies really capture my heart...
Hugs~c

Charlene Dahlberg said...

love;y cards and wonderful technique -- I will have to try it

Anita in France said...

Such a fabulous technique, Loll ... and gorgeous cards ... thank so much for the tutorial ... always love them! Hugs, Anita :)

Colleen said...

You are amazing, I keep learning so much from you...going to give this a try right now! Nothing like the present time to get it done!!

Janelle said...

You make it look So Simple! My foray into watercolors has, so far, been quite heavy handed...all my papers are DARK with color. I must try this. Your cards are just lovely.

Barb Ghig said...

Such a gorgeous effect for your backgrounds, Loll! I love how it works with your fern and daisies...just perfect!
Thanks again for the video tutorial :)

Jean said...

Fantastic technique - love the results! What brand is the craft mat?

Jean said...

Or more specifically - do you have a covering over a craft mat? Thanks!

Daria said...

Very cool technique. I love the effect.