Faux Watercolor


Watercolor backgrounds. I wish I knew how many I’ve made over the years. That would be interesting. I expect it’s in the ballpark of thousands. And today I made fourteen more.

I began with these supplies: some Tombow brush pens, some Distress Ink pads and some Hahnemühle YouTangle.art Tiles. In addition I used water and a couple acrylic stamp blocks. If you don’t know what those are – I will show you.

Acrylic blocks come in a load of different sizes. You stick cling stamps on them and stamp with them. The block is clear so you can see where you are stamping. Always a good thing. Hahaha! In this case I used them for ‘stamping’ color. So to speak. I began by scribbling color onto the block using five different Tombow brush pens.

Then I sprayed the block with water. A goodly amount of water.

Next I flipped the acrylic block over and sat it on top of a tile. Smooshed it down real good and . . .

. . . sat a heavy bottle on top of it. And left it there for several minutes while I took Belle outside.

While I waited I inked up a second acrylic block, then turned it over and sat in on top of a second tile.

And sat something heavy on it. This is a beautiful basket Robin Mead made for me and it was close at hand. After about five minutes I removed the heavy objects and the blocks to reveal the tiles.

This is the first tile wet and then dry. The colors bled a bit more and lightened up some.

And here is the second tile – wet and then dry.

These colors are Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink pads on my craft mat, then sprayed with water.

Wet and then dry. As the tiles air dry the colors continue to blend a bit and yes, the tile really looks this blurry. I have never seen one blur as it dried but it is kind of cool.

Another one made with the distress ink pads.

Tile placed into the wet color . . .

. . . wet and . . .

. . . dry. Love these colors together! It is strange to me that the Tombows and the ink pads produce results that are very similar.

I wondered how other dye ink pads would work so I brought out a few ColorBox Dyestress ink pads and some Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media papers.

I added the color the same way as the Tombows – just swirled it in circles onto the acrylic block.

Sprayed the block with plenty of water and flipped it over onto a piece of bamboo paper.

The key to this technique is waiting. Give the color time to work. Wait about 5 minutes, then remove the block and see what you have. I still had some wet areas so . . .

. . . I tilted the paper and let the colors run.

Wet and then dry. Love this one! The colors are super! So I made another. Hahaha! I am getting ready for Inktober so I need plenty of backgrounds.

I used three colors for this one and just stamped them directly onto the craft mat, then sprayed them.

This is what I had to start with. I loved it but there was plenty of area at the lower portion that could have color so I turned the paper back over and tapped it down into the wet that was still on the craft mat.

Wet and then dry. Awesome!

I have some Spectrum Noir ink pads that I had never used before. I thought this was the perfect time so I scrubbed these two colors onto the mat, then sprayed them with water.

This is how these colors turned out. That pink pretty much obliterated the yellow. Hahaha! Let me show you a few others I made today.

It was a very productive afternoon. Things to remember to make your own faux watercolors:

  • use dye based ink pads
  • use markers or brush pens that are water based
  • alcohol based markers will not work
  • use plenty of water
  • use something heavy on top and
  • wait 5 minutes to reveal your tile.

Have fun! See you tomorrow!

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6 thoughts on “Faux Watercolor

  1. Looks like you’re getting good prep done for Inktober – it will be lovely to see these tangled. That final one is beautifully soft & I can imagine blue & burgundy pens for tangling.

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