Watercolor Backgrounds for Cardmakers
Watercolor Backgrounds PreClass
Welcome to the PreClass session for this class! This lesson includes information about supplies both needed and recommended for class.
If you can’t see the video below, click HERE.
Note that you can likely try out the supplies you already have for this class. You can also use whatever colors you desire – change it up from the colors used in the examples. A little about the colors used in this class
- Daniel Smith Watercolor tubes are what I use. Here’s a bit on the colors in my palette, but you can use what colors YOU like:
- Dot Card —- has dot-sized samples of my favorite colors
- 6 Essentials Set — two reds, two yellows, two blues
- Yellows: Lemon Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep
- Reds: Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Quinacridone Coral
- Pink: Quinacridone Pink
- Greens: Green Apatite (has texture), Sap Green (a nice olive), Phthalo Green – Blue Shade (brighter)
- Blues: Ultramarine Turquoise, Indanthrone Blue (navy), Phthalo Blue – Red Shade (similar to Green Shade which is in the 6 Essentials set), Manganese (sky)
- Purple: Carbazole Violet
- Pearlescent Shimmer (can be added to anything)
- Natural colors: Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Quinacridone Gold, Sepia, Lunar Blac
- If you wish to create a palette, the palette and pans are listed below; scroll to the bottom of this lesson to see the video on how to create a palette like I did.
- Also okay to use: Koi Sketchbox, Gansai Tambi (these are both a little more like guache so they don’t layer as nicely as the Daniel Smith paints)
This class does not cover the creation of cards in the videos. The backgrounds are taught, then below each video, finished cards are shown and a description is provided with basic tips. You can use these backgrounds along with any of the card design videos you find on YouTube!
TIP: Once you complete some practice pieces, start a stash of backgrounds to grab when making cards at a later time, OR find some stamps to use and create a card as soon as your paper is dry!
All backgrounds created in videos for this cass were mounted onto black cardstock as they were completed. Then all in one day, they were turned into cards using these stamps in the Essentials by Ellen collection below to finish them all off. You can use stamps you already have to make cards – flowers, hearts, sentiments, etc. Or if you really love just that background, put a sentiment on the inside, and send the card out as a small piece of art! (This can work REALLY well for sympathy cards that are so hard to make already.)
Other supply notes for cardmaking
- Adhesive: Watercolor paper is textured – so I recommend using a really strong adhesive. I use either Be Creative Tape or ATG tape in generous quantity – and the Be Creative tape is by far stickier and more permanent. For extra flattening, adhere watercolor paper onto a base piece of cardstock, then attach that cardstock with any of your favorite regular adhesives. Both foam tape and Xtreme tabs are sticky enough for watercolor paper.
- Ink: If you’re just stamping on top of pre-painted paper and don’t need to add water, use any ink. But below are some ink options if you want to be able to watercolor stamped images.
- Embossing: Be sure to use a powder tool to prepare your watercolor paper for embossing. This removes the static from the paper so when you shake on the powder, it’s less likely to stick. (Use Versamark for embossing.)
- Stamping: A MISTI stamping tool can really be helpful when stamping on watercolor paper because it allows for repeated stamping. Watercolor paper is textured and can require some extra attention.
- Glossy Accents: Throughout this class, Glossy Accents is used as an adhesive and as an embellishment!
This class is specifically designed for cardmaking artists who want to explore watercolor…not necessarily paint an object, but to learn to use the wonderful properties of watercolor to create beautiful backgrounds on which to add other elements!
The 15 techniques range from basic washes to splashy loose watercolor – and more controlled techniques employing both styles. Many techniques can be combined together to create even more unique backgrounds…so you may want to stock up on watercolor paper, as this can become addictive!
NOTE: Finishing off the cards with stamps and dies is *not* included in this class, but the piece created in each video is shown in the class lessons as one possible way to utilize the background.
Class supplies are covered in the free PRECLASS lesson listed in the curriculum.
- Lectures 16
- Duration 3 hours of teaching
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Assessments Self