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Creative Watercolor Media

I’m back today with simple watercolor with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. I’ll be creating a custom patterned paper for our card front.

Simple Watercolor with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks

This is a simple technique that packs a punch when repeated across the background with bright and cheery Altenew Crisp Dye Inks.

Tip: Spritz the backside of your watercolor paper with water & lay face up on your craft mat. This will help to keep the paper from warping & eliminate the need to tape it to a surface. Thank you Lydia Evans!

I wanted the edges free since my pattern will extend over the edges of the paper & create the a patterned paper effect. I smooshed Altenew Warm & Cozy and Tropical Forest Mini Ink Cube sets onto a palette to prepare.

Next, I used a #12 round brush from the Silver Brush Company Black Velvet line to lay down clear clean water in the shape of 2 leaves and a circle. Then start dropping your pigment into the water. I dropped the orange first and then the green into the leaves.

Simple Watercolor with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks

Tip: Don’t panic if orange pigment travels up into the leaves. Once you add the green pigment it will push the orange pigment back down into the orange. Also, a bit of color mixing at the base of the leaves adds a pretty painterly effect.

Continue adding oranges and leaves until the pattern is complete & finish it off with some orange and black splatters. The sentiment, from the United We Flourish Poppy Fields stamp set, was white head embossed on black, trimmed, & foam mounted.

Clear droplets were added to enhance the feeling of fresh fruit & the card was foam mounted on the base.


I hope you’re inspired to give watercoloring with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks a try. Thanks so much for stopping by. This card is a submission for the Level 2 Altenew Educator Certification Program.

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  1. YUMMY colors! I adore the mix of color combo and use of water in this! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!