Today in Teach Me That, I will be showing you how to do a simple Alcohol Watercoloring technique. Guys, this technique is SO easy you are going to be blown away by your own talent.
I’ve told you before, I can’t watercolor. It just never looks right but I think I just needed the beginner’s guide to watercoloring. Well, I found it and now I am sharing it with you.
Are you ready to learn how? Here we go!
- Begin with an Aqua Painter filled with rubbing alcohol. 70% or 91%, it doesn’t matter.
- I highly recommend Glossy Cardstock for this technique. The ink puddles beautifully on that high gloss.
- You will want to protect your work surface. Place your cardstock on a cutting plate or the Clear Block F. You can also use a plate or anything else that can easily be cleaned.
- I prefer 2 different color ink pads of the same hue. I am using Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.
- Press your lightest color ink pad into the lid. This will form a little puddle of ink onto the lid and this will act as your palette.
- Press the barrel of the Aqua Painter until a single drop of alcohol lands on the ink.
- Swirl it around really well on the lid.
- Swirl the ink all over the glossy cardstock making sure it’s all covered.
- Repeat the process with the darker color of ink.
- Tap and swirl this color around.
- Press the barrel of the Aqua Painter if you need to move the ink around. You want it to have a two-tone swirly look.
- I wanted to speed the drying process along so I used my heat tool for about 15 seconds to dry the paper.
- Time to stamp a focal image! I choose to stamp in Basic Black because it is Archival ink so it can resist water and alcohol.
- Again, I wanted to speed up the drying process so I heat set the stamped image.
- Clean your Aqua Painter by brushing it back and forth on a paper towel or cloth until it comes clean.
- Choose your next ink pad color and repeat the process of dropping a single drop of alcohol onto the puddle of ink in your lid.
- Color in the leaves on the stamped image.
- No need to stay in the lines. The alcohol will bleed and look amazing!
- Clean the Aqua Painter on the towel or cloth and follow the same steps with your next color.
- I chose Rose Red. Color in the flowers.
- You can allow your stamped image to dry or heat set it with the heat tool.
- I like to buff the glossy cardstock (make sure the image is good and dry) with a towel or tissue. What’s not to love about SHINY cardstock?
Isn’t it beautiful? Are you ready to create a card using the technique?
Here are the measurements for my card but get creative with your project:
- Rose Red – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
- Basic Black – 3 ½” x 3 ½”, embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
- Glossy White Cardstock – 4 ¾” x 3″
Want to create my card using this technique? Just click a pic to order!
*Also available in Wood Mount
I want to thank all of you who tuned into my Facebook LIVE broadcast last night. I had SO much fun. I hope you did too. I was so excited about how those cards turned out. Such bright colors and the Lovely Friends stamp set was a perfect accent. Thank you thank you thank you for all your comments, likes, and LOVES you sent during the broadcast. It made me incredibly happy. I will go back through the comments and answer any questions I may have missed.
If you missed last night’s show, not a problem. I will be editing it a bit (it’s a longer video than what you’re used to with me) and I will post that tomorrow here on my blog. 3 cards in one video! I think you’ll like it. 🙂
I sure appreciate you joining me today! Did you learn a new technique? I hope so. Glossy Watercoloring is so much fun to do. I love how the ink bleeds out. It just looks more “watercolored” that way.
That’s it for me this Thursday! Have a great day everyone!!!
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