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