Last weekend I had the privilege to attend a workshop taught by Studio Calico design team member, Shanna Noelle. Not only is she as sweet as she seems online, she’s a kind, funny, and very talented girl in person as well.
She shared her tips and tricks on using watercolors in your scrapbooking. Watercoloring is so on trend right now and I loved playing, mixing different colors, and seeing the effects that it can create on paper. It is really hard to pre-plan how this was going to go so I just started adding water, then paint, then more water and more paint. It really started coming together once the paint dried. For this layout I used watercolor paint tubes and I mixed the white and green to get the aqua color I wanted.
Once I had the color down and I was ready to embellish, I discovered a happy mistake. I went to color the wood veneer stars with watercolor but when I put it down on the paper it landed on the wrong side. When i lifted it up i saw it made a pretty watercolor stamped image of the star that I loved. So I began “stamping” with these watercolor painted wood veneer stars to make the background look more dreamy. I also took a clear outline star stamp and added that in a few places as well. I added a bit of Mister Huey’s calico shine for some shimmer and accented with a glitter pen here and there. I also added the painted wood veneer stars I used to stamp with.
The stamp phrase (from Lawn Fawn) was the added little touch. After I stamped the phrase I took a light wash of the watercolor and painted around and in the letters of the phrase to make it melt into the layout more. I added a bit of star washi at the top of the photo and a shooting star at the bottom of the stamped phrase and left it alone after that. I love this photo of my little girl and really wanted it to take center stage.
After having so much fun creating this layout in class I decided to play a bit more at home. I was thinking of ways that I might incorporate this into my project life and remembered that I had some 4×6 watercolor postcards! I got mine on Amazon but they are in most art supply stores. I played with some warm colors (red, oranges, yellows) to create a sunset look. This time I used the Peerless watercolor films which I LOVE! the color is so rich. I sprayed a fine mist of water on the paper before I started painting. I recommend picking up a water brush with these watercolor films to make painting even easier. After the watercolor dried, I lightly sprayed on some Mister Huey’s gold ink spray to give it more shimmer. The glitter sticker letters are from Pink Paisley and I cut out the sunrise word from my silhouette. This will make a perfect title card for my daughters Senior sunrise breakfast she had at the beginning of her senior year.
If you haven’t heard, Shanna, along with a fabulous team of talented ladies are teaching a class called “Toolbox” over at Studio Calico in the month of August. There is also a great bunch of contributors to the class as well! I am determined to learn some digital scrapbooking techniques and this class has that and MUCH more. Check the class out HERE! You have until July 31st to sign up. I hope you’ll join me!
Thank you Shanna, for expanding my scrapbooking to include more watercoloring technique. I have a feeling I will be doing many more watercolor backgrounds in the future!