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Sat 14

Watercolor Wonderful
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a quick and easy watercolor background with you.  Watercolors are a great way to show off a focal word or words on your card.

To make the card, I started with 140lb watercolor paper and some Peerless Watercolors that I got from Birch Press Design.  I like those watercolors because they are really bright and they blend beautifully.  I also like that you can lay down an area of water on your watercolor paper, add the paint, and the paint will flow to the edges of the water you just placed onto the paper without going over those boundaries.

The first step is to tape down your paper onto a firm surface with some painters tape or some other low-tac tape.  I painted a rectangle onto the paper with water and then started applying paint to my rectangle:

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When I first put down the color, you could see distinct areas of color.  I rinsed my brush and then went over the areas where the colors touched each other with a damp, clean brush to soften the look.  I let the paper dry completely while it was still taped down so that my paper wouldn't warp:

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You can see in the second picture how different the paint looks when you soften the lines between the colors and the paint dries. 

Here is a close up when you add the sentiment on top:

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I encourage you to try drawing any shape you want onto watercolor paper with a wet paintbrush and then adding watercolor on top to create your own backgrounds.  My advice is to not overwork the paint....you never have complete control over watercolor and to never judge your watercolor until it completely dries.  Wet watercolor paint looks very different from dry watercolor paint.  Good luck!

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