Watercolor Sky for Card Backgrounds

Hey y'all,

It's so lovely you stopped by because I've been away for a bit.  The end of school with all the paper work, field trips, and making memories doesn't leave much time left for crafting, but it's summer now--beautiful summer with it's gift of time.

I figured out a way to make a simple watercolor sky for card backgrounds.  I'm just learning to watercolor and experts may sigh at my method, but it's easy and works for me every time.  Here's a quick video:

Taping watercolor paper to an old cutting board with plain old painter's tape is the first step.  Then grab a wide, flat watercolor brush and paint water on the front until it is completely wet. 

Load up your brush with blue watercolor.  I used Winsor and Newton Cerulean.  Go back and forth across your watercolor paper keeping your brush full of paint.  I also use gravity to help out by putting something under the top end.  

Take a Kleenax and wad it up.  Press down on the watercolor lifting up paint and move it a bit until it is cloud like.  I used Payne's Gray by Winsor and Newton to add some shadow, but I've had some luck with a darker shade of blue and purple, too.  

For more constrast I watered down some Liquidtex Gesso and dabbed that on the clouds, too.

When all was dry I stamped my Bitty Balloon Stamp on the corner using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used Caran D'ache colored pencils to color in the balloon stamp.  (My husband bought them on our honeymoon and I've sort of confiscated them.)  I used white first to make the colors on top brighter.  I finishe the card with a sentiment from Paper Smooches called Scripty Sayings. 
This next card features an adorable paper airplane from my Love Letters Stamp Set.

Making a watercolor sky is easy peasy!  I challenge you to try it.  I'd sure love to see what you make.  You can do it!



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