Friday 8 February 2013

Water: COLOUR Technique Tutorial

Hi guys, hope everyone's well =D I have the new tutorial today as I promised in a recent post. It is a technique I stumbled across when I was making a background for this canvas:
It doesn't actually contain any watercolour, I call it a 'Water: COLOUR' technique because it is it gives you an instant COLOUR-filled (without the labour, without the 'muddy' effect you sometimes get when you mix too many colours and without any drying time between layers) background with the secret (or not-so now :/ ) ingredient of water.

It's SUPER easy and gives unique results in texture & combinations each time, which is REALLY fun (trust me, we get to have some Kinder Surprise moments ahead ;) )

You will need:
Paper, Brayer, WATER mister, (thin/soft body) Acrylics
optional: acrylic ink & colour sprays (but you can just use water mister instead)

Mist your paper thoroughly

Add acrylic in globules, it's ok for it to sink/disperse into the water

Brayer the paint in two or three swipes MAXIMUM. Doing any more will mix colours, and this is a low labour technique remember so think about trying to get this whole thing wrapped up in a couples of minutes. 
The brayer gives us our first hint of texture =D

Mist again

Drop acrylic ink in splats - again think 'quick & easy' & just let a few drops go where they will, no thinking or 'pushing' the design in any way.

Final mist, but this time I use coloured sprays to give it some last colour.
Extra Tip: spraying directly over the acrylic ink makes it disperse so *beautifully*, especially any metallic colours - they shimmer across the page like they have mica in them ;) 

Put a piece of paper on top, let soak and rub v.lightly - don't smush or squish, you'll smudge the paint together too much - you just want make sure that the top page has touched all the parts of the paper underneath.

Kinder Surprise Moment:
peel back from one corner & see what lovely designs have been formed =)

Result Close Up:
Yay super easy, done-in-no-time fun colourful background 
(plus some interesting B-sides too) =D
Here are some other examples of how my attempts have come out:
I love how you can't predict how the colours are going to overlay or play with each other, fun, fun, fun =)
Till next time, 
much love, Jennibellie xoxo


  1. How fun. Can't wait to give it try.

  2. This looks like lots of fab & messy family fun :0) Mo x

  3. Hi Jenniebelle,
    Looks like you had lots of fun here and gorgeous results too. I know what you mean about 'Kinder Surprise' moments. Back in the summer hols we were trying to make background effects for my art journalling pages using a sheet of transparency plastic, thick felt pens and fine water mister. I was sooo pleased with the way the pages we had great fun experimenting too. The pages turned out beautifully - the slight only down side was that you can't replicate the pages as they turn out different each and every time, but that's not a bad thing either.
    THANK YOU for sharing your lovely tutorial.
    Warmest best wishes,

  4. Loved this...will definitely give it a try. Love that you actually get two pages with one go and I'm thinking this would make a great double page in my art journal.

  5. fabulous u always surprise me and thanks for sharing ....

  6. These are absolutely gorgeous in every way. Love that SPLASH of colour - wow!! Jenny what paper are you using for that? Normal journal paper or is watercolour paper of some sort?

    1. Hi Yvonne I am just using my cheapest drawing paper for this, it's not super thin but not heavyweight either so it does crinkle but I don't mind that, if you do then I'd use thicker paper ;) xoxo

  7. Love it. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.
    Liefs, Melanie

  8. love this Jenny! thank you. going to try some tomorrow (Sunday) yay!

  9. awesome I simply love these colorful surprise effects!!! thanks for sharing!

  10. These are beautiful! What kind of paper do you use?

    1. Hi I am just using bog standard drawing paper for this, it's not super thin but not heavyweight either so it does crinkle but I don't mind that, if you do then I'd use thicker paper ;) xoxo

  11. Jenny, wow!! I love this technique so much. I might have to try it on fabric -- I think it would be beautiful on a scarf. <3

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  12. Love all of the vibrant colors. Very contagious...once you start you don't want to stop. I now have several. AWESOME!!!

  13. Love it! Quick, colorful fun and easy! Thanx for sharing :)


  14. Can't wait to give this a try. I want to try it on fabric and see what results I get.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  15. Thanks for another background technique. Love!

  16. Thanks Jenni, You are awesome. I love the way you teach.Lu Bellamak

  17. This is absolutely AWESOME! I just love it! I don't think you could plan such lovely results! Thanks for sharing, I am loving your Inspiration Station class!


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