9 wonderful watercolor techniques

9 wonderful watercolor techniques

Hello Oddies!

Ellen here, and today I like to show you 9 different ways to watercolor. So take your brush and distress inks out, because we’re going to have fun with making these project life cards.

For these cards I used distress ink, but of course you can use whatever watercolors you have (paints or dye-based inks).

Messy Watercoloring:

  1. Take a brush and dip it in water and your paint. Flick with your finger on the brush and sprinkle the ink over your surface. Ink the rim of a cup and lightly go over it with a wet brush. Press the cup on your paper like you would do with stamps. Now you got the perfect background to make a coffee card with the Breakfast Friends clear stamp set!

  2. For the second card we’re doing the smooshing technique. With this technique you apply your distress ink on a flat service directly from the ink pad (I used left over packaging), take your brush with water and make the distress ink wet. Now you smoosh/wiggle your paper in the paint. Do that several times and wait a moment before each application, and you get different shades of color. For a monochromatic effect, stamp your sentiment (from the Happy Day set) with the same inks, or go bold!

  3. Wet part of your card with a lot water. Add a drop or two or three to the wet card (keep doing this till you’re happy with the colors). Take out a straw and blow through it. You can determine the direction of your splash by holding your straw differently. I love to finish it off when it’s all dry with a sentiment (from the School Supplies clear set) in the middle of the splash.

Watercoloring with techniques:

  1. Make a background with some of your favorite small Some Odd Girl stamps (I used the accents from Party Girl Gwen) and heat emboss with white or clear embossing powder. If you don’t have these tools, you can try to stamp with white ink and go over it with glossy accents. Wait till it’s dry and start to paint over it; Your background will start to appear like magic!

  2. After heat embossing we’re going to dry emboss. Take out an embossing plate and emboss your paper. In order to make the relief visible, we go to paint it. Of course we do not want the paint goes into the deep forms, so try to paint the stamp (HoliDeer) with a dry brush.

  3. Also for this technique you don’t want your brush too wet. Make your brush semi-wet and paint over a stencil. I love it with this rain stencil it’s perfect for Umbrella Gwen.

Stamps & watercolors:

  1. For this card we’re going to use some water resisted ink (I use Archival Ink) and just color a pretty scene with water colors (and Clever Kittys).

  2. This is one of my favorites! Choose your favorite stamps (these are from Hipster Pets) and paint some ink on them with your brush and start stamping. For a softer effect, spritz the stamp with water after inking – you can get multiple impressions with just one application of color!

  3. For the last card we also use some water resistant ink (StazOn is a great option) and stamp on your card (again, Hipster Pets). Then search your inner child and start watercoloring; go out of the lines and leave some white space.


Do you know even more techniques? Please show us in the Facebook community, Oddies’ Project Board on Pinterest or the Linky Party in the top right sidebar! 😉 


  1. These techniques are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs Julie xox

  2. I love these ideas and techniques! Thanks for the inspiration. It looks like fun!
    Hugs, Jacqueline

  3. Awesome techniques! Thanks for sharing them!

  4. GORGEOUS, girl! thanks for sharing all of these! watercolouring doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and you nailed it!

  5. Thanks for sharing all these fun techniques. I will share this post with the participants of my handmade postcard swap, as inspiration. THANKS!


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