Watercoloring until the Rain Stops and the Rainbow Appears! Watercoloring tips

With all of the rain we were having here in Pennsylvania this weekend, I was inspired to bring out my paint brushes and play with some watercoloring tips and techniques.

watercoloring in lauras craft closet
I don’t often do much watercoloring. I can be a bit messy in my small craft closet! So when my inks and brushes emerge and I fill my beaker with water, you can bet I’m going to play for awhile and create more than just a single card!

Here’s a few watercoloring tips I find useful to get started:


First Watercoloring tip: Find colors that work well together!

SU stamp pads used for watercolor cards

I love this combo! Berry Burst, More Mustard, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay

Whether they are different shades in a single color ombré, or a full rainbow, try to select colors in a similar family.

Watercoloring Tip 2:

Play around to test how much ink is necessary to make the colors as bright as you want. Use your brush to grab a little ink, and put it on the back side of your ink pad holder or small plate. Then dip your brush into your water, and add a small amount to your ink.

Watercoloring Tip 3:

This is your card, so you can put the colors wherever you want! I made a background with these colors brushed across, and another where they were splashed and dripping down.

Watercoloring Tip 4:

Do you want more “flow” with your colors? Add water to your paper, and then add your inks. This will further dilute your ink colors, so be sure to add enough ink to get your desired brightness.

Watercoloring Tip 5 (not so basic!!):

Embossing an image will resist watercolors (check out this dandelion card tutorial on how to achieve this easy technique). I started pulling out a few fun stamp sets that would feature this effect well. Here’s what I came up with:


I’m playing along with a few challenges today:

There’s always a rainbow after a storm. Happy Crafting!


After seeing these basic watercoloring tips, are you interested in getting the right tools for your own watercolor cards? Check them out below!

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28 Responses

  1. lollthompson says:

    Your rainbow splashes are so pretty Laura! Great design with the container of brushes and sentiment that is a perfect match. Your set of rainbow cards are all beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  2. Karen Petitt says:

    Lovely cards Laura and thank you for the lovely comment on my blog too Karen x

  3. Bonnie says:

    Rainy days are perfect for watercolor projects! You’ve created several lovely backgrounds, Laura! I love the rainbow colors and the artsy look of the pot of paintbrushes! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  4. maria f. says:

    Just love that rainbow of steam rising from the coffee cup. It’s perfect.

  5. Sue says:

    A lovely set of rainbow cards. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge.

  6. Heidi Weaver says:

    What a lovely collection of rainbow cards, Laura. While they’re all well done, my favourite is the bride and groom. The misty effect of the rainbow colours surrounds them in a wonderful wish for happiness. Thanks so much for joining our HLS July Watercolour Challenge.

    • Thank you Heidi! When I make a wedding card, I usually try to use their reception colors, so this one was a bit different but I like how you think it looks like a wish for happiness! How wonderful!

  7. Jane Taylor says:

    Love your watercolour rainbow backgrounds, Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  8. Viv says:

    Great set of rainbow cards – watercolouring at it’s best! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations!

  9. What a beautiful collection of watercolor cards! Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Tea and/or Coffee’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    Darlene
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  10. You delicious colors all summery and wonderful make great backgrounds for all of these cards. Good idea to break out the watercolors and do a bunch as long as your were in a rainbow mood. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D Tea and/or Coffee challenge!
    Barbara DT Member

  11. Vicki R. says:

    Fun card with water color steam from the coffee cup! Thanks for joining the Double D, “Tea or Coffee” Challenge.

  12. cmayne says:

    Such a lovely array of rainbow cards; you’ve certainly mastered the water-colour background technique! Like Maria, I’m especially smitten with the coffee-themed card! Your birthday card: sheer delight – and how thrilled we are that you shared this one in the Inkspirational gallery!
    ~carol

    • I’m so glad you like the cards, Carol!! I really enjoy playing with watercolor backgrounds–there are so many possibilities! Thanks for stopping by and I’m looking forward to the next Inkspirational challenge 🙂

  13. Elaine says:

    I love your rainbow splashes. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards

  14. Tracie Pond Designs says:

    Thank you for sharing your rainbow technique. Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards. =) Tracie

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