Hello my friends, it’s Sunday afternoon when I’m writing this and there’s a thunderstorm going on outside. I don’t like thunderstorms… They always make me feel a bit nervous. And what’s best for this? I know some of you thought the same – crafting! There is nothing like trying out something new to play with – it makes me more focused. So here is something I wanted to try – rainbow watercolour background with Viviva Colorsheets. I received Viviva Colorsheets from the founder and manufacturer of Viviva Colors to try out. And I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t try to add a little twist… Do you want to know what I did and how it ended? Great!
Watercolor sheets? What’s that?
Viviva Colorsheets are a pocket size watercolour paints in form of a booklet. So how does it work? It’s actually brilliant, all you need to get painting is a waterbrush, watercolour paper and the Viviva Colorsheets. You can enjoy creating ANYWHERE! No need to worry about paint in tubes or solid ones, mixing palette and a water container! You have water in the waterbrush, the paints are in the little booklet and the mixing palette is attached to it! What else do you need?
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Now the second question that comes to my mind when I see something new and exciting – is it good? Well, 16 colours is a decent number but what quality are they? I was itching to check them out from the moment I was offered a sample! And when it finally arrived I got to trying them straight away 🙂
Adding a little twist
I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t try twisting it a bit. Just to see how things work together – like watercolours and stencils, for example. Here is the video of the process…
Experiment didn’t really go well, I didnt’t think of one very important part of using (any) watercolours – the paper can curl if it’s not thick enough. Mine was 300gsm but I used A LOT of water to blend the paints.And the water got under the stencil… Doh!
Not all lost really – an awesome rainbow watercolour background
The good news is that although the stencil experiment failed, which was entirely my fault, the end result was fabulous! The intensity of Viviva colours was brilliant – juicy and vibrant just as I like it! The way the paint mixed on the paper was nice and the background turned out perfect for a card. So no pattern from the stencil – or not much of it – but I made a rainbow watercolour background that is gorgeous!
Just add a few bits (supplies)
So I trimmed the rainbow watercolour background a bit, added a die-cut globe from Sizzix by Tim Holtz, stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink using small wooden alphabet stamp set from Dovecraft and mounted it all on a base card measuring approximately 14.5cm by 10.5cm. How easy is that? Well, if you don’t experiment with stencils, it’s super easy and quick. And I will certainly spend some time creating watercolour backgrounds for cards because the Viviva Colorsheets are so much fun to use! Most of all I love the saturated vivid colours like these! To buy any of the items I used just click on the underlined text and it will take you straight to the shop I got mine from.
Be ready when the inspiration strikes!
This is my personal opinion about Viviva Colorsheets, based on the pure experience of using them and not influenced by anyone or anything.
These watercolours are definitely a MUST HAVE. The colours are luscious and the use of the booklet coluldn’t be easier! And definitely the size is an advantage! No matter where you are you can get a strike of inspiration. Travelling or relaxing in a park, you see something and that urgent need to create is eating you… But you don’t normally have all your art & craft stash with you, that’s not even possible! If you do have a mobile craft set then it’s probably more suitable for using on holiday maybe but not during a break at work, on a park bench or on a train. But now you can! With Viviva Colorsheets, a waterbrush and a watercolour paper pad you are all set! Brilliant, isn’t it? You can learn more about these awesome watercolours visit Vivivacolors website.
Love making your own backgrounds?
I do like making my own backgrounds for cards. Creating my own rainbow watercolour background was certainly a very nice experience, regardles of the failed experiment. I think making my own backgrounds is a way of trying things out so I do a lot of experimenting with different techniques when I get to making backgrounds. And I highly recommend you try that too – you are definitley going to have fun! But if watercolours are not your kind of thing (yet), then have a go with paint sticks background making techniques. There are quite a few of them and I have covered some of them in my posts:
- Embossing taken to the next level – see how to make stunning cards with coloured embossed images
- Playing with paint sticks – three techniques you must try – learn about masking, using stencils and colouring embossed patterns works with paint sticks
- Use paint sticks to make two cards in one go – try out this tricky technique for making backgrounds
And if you have acrylic paints too, you must try this easy mixed media background technique.
Thanks for popping by 🙂 I hope you find this article inspiring. If you create something inspired by my designs, please let me know by using @paperwishart on your social media or sharing the link to your creation in the comments – I would love to see it!
See you soon! xx