A Start-To-Finish Guide: Using Watercolor on your Layouts



Hello friends! Terhi here, and I am very excited to be kicking off watercolor week! If I had to choose one media (besides paper) to play with, it would definitely be watercolors. To show you why I am obsessed with all the lovely watercolors (and why you should try them too), I created this scrapbook layout! 


I add watercolor to almost any project either before or after I add everything else. For example, I will make a watercolor background for a scrapbook layout or card. Sometimes, I will even create the project and use watercolor to add the finishing touches. With this layout, I ended with the watercolors. 


I started by choosing a paper which was thick enough for watercolor, but white enough for my pure white scrapbook albums. American Crafts white card stock is my personal favorite. I would also recommend using watercolor paper from the Paper Fashion line if you use lots of water when you watercolor. If you would rather not start with a completely blank canvas, Color Kaleidoscope mixed media backgrounds are perfect for this!


The scrapbooking part of the creating process was simple. I added some patterned papers first, and then a couple of cute photos of my sweet girl. Next, I wrote the stories to the backside of the layout before it was too uneven to write. Last, I added lots of pretty embellishments and fussy cut elements and attached them with foam dots. 


As soon as I felt the embellishing was finished, I let all liquid adhesives dry. Then started the real fun- coloring! I did one color at a time, that way the neighboring colors didn't mix too much. If all the colors were wet at the same time, there would be a risk of color combinations that I did not want. I worked with a very small brush, adding the color very close to each patterned paper. This way, it almost looks like the colors are dripping from them.


When you’re using watercolors, your imagination is the limit! Learning to paint perfectly takes some time and patience. Meanwhile, you can add some drops of handmade art to your paper craft creations.



Well, thats it for today! I Hope you are inspired to try out watercolors on your next layout. 

Terhi xx


Products used: American Crafts Watercolors Brights (376366), Collapsible Watercolor Brush (320559). Color Kaleidoscope: Thickers (351101), Puffy Sticker Sheet (348205), Sticker Book (351170), Cardstock Stickers (351105), Puffy Thickers (351104), Ephemera Icons (351107), Patterned papers Kaleidoscope (351086), Odds and Ends (351087), Look Up (351088), Beyond Words (351089), Pop Dots (351090),  Flower Shop (351091), Say Cheese (351092), Flight Fancy (351093), Chasing Rainbows (351094), Side Note (351095), Scattered Leaves (351096) and Paper Hearts (351097). American Crafts Foundations Media Paper (343917), Sticky Thumb Dots (340272), Sticky Thumb Runner (342039).