Hello my friends, today I have a quick and easy watercolour background card for you to try. This time without experimenting 😉 This time just pure fun of using Viviva Colorsheets and creating cards with diy backgrounds. Sounds fun? Great!
Easy watercolour background card – the very basics of watercolours
If you think it’s not It can be messy with watercolours and quite discouraging if you are a beginner and don’t know a few basic things about diy backgrounds. I remember my first attempts at watercolours were a bit frustrating. And taught me a few things. What are the important things to know when you have never used watercolours? Well, first of all the PAPER – it has to be the right paper. Watercolours work well with water, so the paper has to be thick enough and pressed properly in order not to tear when you apply water.
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When I started I wasn’t sure if that was a thing for me, so I didn’t buy any professional top shelf high-end paints and paper. I notice some difference within even those more affordable brands. But paper that feels a little dry and crunchy and makes a cloud of paper dust when torn is definitely a no go. There’s a wide choice of 300gsm watercolour paper on Amazon here and there are some great deals too 🙂
As for the paints my experience with brands is not big enough to give you a deep insight.. The few brands I tried were OK. The one I am using now – Viviva Colorsheets – are really great, they are super-portable and the colours are exactly to my taste – vivid and vibrant. You can buy them online from VivivaColors and I can tell you – you are not going to regret.
Brushes… I am not a watercolourist by no means, everything I know I learned from many videos from real watercolour artists, observing, testing and trying. What I can tell you for sure is that if you are making a kind of background that does not need detailed work, then a wider soft brush seems like a great choice to apply water. For the Viviva Colorsheets – paints in a booklet – a small brush tip is enough as the paints are very intense. If you are going to enjoy lovely weather while painting – either in your garden or in a park, or wherever you feel like getting creative, a set of waterbrushes is a real saver – I got mine from Amazon here and am very happy with them.
Easy watercolour background card – a quick video for you
If you have 3 minutes to spare, you will see how easy it is to be creative with watercolours and how you can make gorgeous cards easily 🙂
Now… how easy is that?
You won’t know till you try! 😉 And I bet you are going to make a few of these straight away 😀 Once the background dries well you can play with your favourite decorations. All techniques allowed – stamping, embossing, die-cuts, you name it 🙂 I made mine using die-cut flowers I had left from some other projects. The sentiment stamp is from Jillibean Soup.
A little tip
If the paper you use gets a bit uneven or warped when soeaked with water, just put it under a pile of books when it’s dry to touch. If it’s too dry already, you can mist it slightly on the unpainted side and then put under a pile of books to flatten.
That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed the video and subscribed to my channel 🙂 I would love to know your thoughts on watercolour backgrounds – share your thoughts in the comments and tell me how you would decorate your cards with watercolour background.
If you haven’t seen it yet, have a look at my other post on watercolour background for a card with an experiment that didn’t go so well…
Enjoy the weekend and see you soon! 🙂