Watercoloring technique | Altenew

by Alex

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

André Gide

Watercoloring becomes one of the most popular techniques in the world of card making. No other painting medium is quite as unique as watercolor. You can create extraordinarily beautiful art through various styles and techniques. But on the other side, I know lots of card makers who are afraid of watercolors. So I’d like to share my technique with you and I want to inspire you to create your own style!

In this post I told about my painting technique which became my basics style. So I decided to share with you my “dots” watercoloring technique. I have been experiencing the joy of Zig “Art & Graphic Twin watercolor markers lately and I used them for this project as well.

I used my all time favorite “Hibiscus Bouquet’ stamp set by Altenew and watercolor paper as a panel to create a card.

Firstly, I started to mask off a rectangle of my card panel and stamped flowers and leaves using watercolor resistant black ink.
Then I scribbled the marker on my acrylic block and added water to turn the marker ink into fluid watercolor paint. Next I took a paintbrush and applied the paint to the image to build the first basic layer. I used purple tones for the flowers and greens for the leaves and I let them to dry.
To achieve several toned floral looks, you have to wet the area and then start dropping in your watercolor. While it was still wet, I started off by dropping different colors on some petals and leaves. I left these areas to dry a little while. After that,I drew some strokes and made extra drops.
By the way, I love these markers. You can blend different shades to produce the hues you want. Their inks blend easily and can continue to be layered and blended after they dried.

With this technique you can vary your strokes by working with the marker tip. I made a lot of strokes on my image.
When the basic coloring was done, I added some shades with purple color. You can also use grey or dark blue colors for depth and effective shadings. I also added a few fine grey splatters and stamped the sentiment.
Finally I drew some lines with a white pen and added shimmer using Wink of Stella brush pen.

I hope you get inspired and like my card 🙂


Below you will find links to the supplies used to create this project. Click on the icons to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Any commission I receive is put towards the running of my blog so I genuinely appreciate your support! Thank you so much!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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LauraJane August 4, 2018 - 6:34 pm

Love reading about your watercoloring style! You are making huge waves in the cardmaking/art world 🙂

alex August 4, 2018 - 8:46 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words, Laura! 🙂

Tracy Hawkins July 21, 2018 - 12:26 am

Love your style Alex . Thanks for sharing your tips ! Beautiful cards xx

alex July 21, 2018 - 2:59 am

Thank you so much for your feedback Tracy! 🙂


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