Thursday, 30 June 2016

Pop of Paradise watercolour splash

I apologise for the slightly discordant colour combination of this project. Actually, I don’t, as that’s exactly the look I was going for.

It all started out very tastefully; I was CASEing a wonderful project I’d seen by UK demonstrator Tracy May, which is subtle and classy and fun. But I got a bit carried away and it turned out like this. One of the problems with watercolouring techniques is that it’s so much fun, it’s hard to know when to stop.

So this is what I did:

  1. Ink up the flamingo in Melon Mambo, then ink up the legs and tip of the beak using Tempting Turquoise. I didn’t wipe off the Melon ink, just dabbed the Turquoise ink pad on top... hence the multi-coloured legs.
  2. Spritz the stamp with water and then stamp onto watercolour paper. 
  3. Before it dries, spritz the tail end only (I missed, evidently!) with water and watch the colours run.
  4. Then I just carried on playing by taking a paintbrush of ink and water and tapping it over the watercolour paper to create fun splashes. I used Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and just a hint of Flirty Flamingo.
And this is where the clashing colours arose. Because I mistakenly believed that Flirty Flamingo was pink and would blend subtly with Melon Mambo. Turns out, when you dilute it, it goes a bit orangey, and clashes wonderfully. Well I like it. 


  1. Oh I love this card Helen - want to learn water colour techniques too!

    1. I will have to sort a date out... but you're all so very busy!


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