Cheat At Hand Brush Lettering – Simple Embossed Watercolor Card

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Happy happy Friday, lovely people!  Are you ready for weekend fun?  It’s the time of year where art and gardening are going to be playing tug-of-war with my time… but nature also provides wonderful inspiration, ideas, and reference for beautiful artwork.  If you need a creative boost, spend some time at your local park, botanical garden, or your own backyard and see what happens!

Today I am sharing an easy watercolor greeting card that resembles a hand/brush lettering technique, but actually requires no lettering skill at all!  Woohoo!   Do you need watercolor skill, though?  Nope!  Yippee!

Materials List:
Step 1:  Print out your word in a font you like

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Select a font and size it for your piece.  You can print this on plain printer paper – the paper itself will not be used on the card.

Step 2: Trace and fill in the word on your watercolor card with embossing pen

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Lay the printout and your watercolor paper on top of your light pad or bright screen.  Use a clear embossing pen to trace and fill in the letters.  I worked on embossing a few letters at a time, since my word was fairly large and I didn’t want the embossing ink to dry out before I could adhere the powder.

This would also work well with masking fluid or a masking pen instead of embossing.  This embossed technique will create a raised surface, while masking fluid will reveal the bare watercolor paper at the end.

Remember that the printout can just be a guideline – you can deviate from it and make it your own!  Change the letter shapes, add swooshes, play with it!

Step 3: Cover in embossing powder and set with a craft heat tool

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Cover your word with the powder.  Just like glitter, you can dump the excess powder onto a sheet of paper and fold it to pour back in the jar.  Use a crafting heat tool to melt the powder.  Repeat steps 2-3 if you are doing your word in sections.

Step 4:  Time to watercolor!

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Wet the paper around the word, and dab in some color.  The paint will spread throughout the wet sections of paper.  The design of the background and the color palette are up to you.  Go with whatever makes you smile!

Step 5: Add additional details (optional!)

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

If you’d like, you can add some watercolor splashes by tapping a loaded paintbrush over the card.  Here I also added some shading with colored pencil and graphite, and some white dots with a Posca paint pen.  This is also the step when you would remove your masking fluid if you opted for that over the embossing.

Design or write the interior card however you like, and you are done!

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Have a joyous weekend everyone!  🙂

Video: Watercolor & Acrylic Painting – Purple Winged Girl (With Modeling Paste)

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

Greetings friends!  Today I have a new mixed media art process video as promised.  A new girl has come to life with the help of oodles of different paints, pencils and markers.  She proved to be a lesson in perseverance and patience (I supposed most art is, at least when you are still new!)   Some techniques worked as expected, and others, like the butterfly in her hair, did not even after several attempts.  I learned that this just forces you to look at the art and your problem from a different angle, opening your eyes to new ideas.

Of course, there is always the old fallback:  if you don’t like it or it is not working… cover it up! 🙂  Don’t be afraid to push a little out of your comfort zone to try new materials, techniques, colors, or subject matter.   The process will teach you lessons you can take to your next piece of art, and the only way to get there is to keep experimenting!

Process Video:

More Details:

This was my first play with Spectrum AquaBlend watercolor pencils!  I don’t have much luck with fully dissolving watercolor pencil lines, so I took a wet brush to the tips of several skin tones to shade in her face.  As usual, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (what a mouthful!) were used for her hair and eyes, and Prismacolor colored pencils and Posca pens filled in details.

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

Modeling/texture paste by Liquitex added some interest to the background with the help of a stencil.  Daniel Smith watercolors and Golden fluid acrylics were painted in vibrant purples and blues.  Doodles are a fun way to add more detail to backgrounds.

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

I tried repeatedly to paint the butterfly in her hair, but, ack!  No luck!  So I dug into my papercrafting stash and found some die-cuts of flowers and butterflies.  These saved the day!  I added more paint and markers to make them my own, and the piece was complete.  Yay!

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

Supplies used:

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

Whew!  I told you everything went into this art piece! 🙂   I hope this post and video have inspired you.  Special thank you to Tamara Laporte at willowing.org for her teachings and inspiration.  Please remember to subscribe here and over at my YouTube channel to check out future art and process videos.

Thank you everyone!  I’ll catch you soon!


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Quick Watercolor Flowers

Quick Watercolor Floral Paintings

Hi friends!  It’s FRIDAY!  Yippeee!  I hope you had a great week and are pumped up for an exciting and crafty weekend!

Work on organizing the studio continues and I am polishing up a new girl portrait and process video, but not quite done with either yet – so I will post up the finished painting from a quick Life Book 2016 lesson from a few weeks ago, taught by artist Martha Lever.

Quick Watercolor Floral Paintings

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Watercolor Cupcake Bunny & Art Studio Cleanup!

Watercolor Cupcake Bunny

Hello wonderful friends!  A late post today due to too much fussing with notification emails here.  If this message is brought to you by a wonky email, I’ll try again next time! 😉

I have been busy this week cleaning up the ol’ studio, so art making is temporarily on hold… as you can see, I’m sort of an art supply junkie, and I’m not neat about it!  Oh my!

Art Studio - Before

Art Studio - Before

The studio is in my unfinished basement to keep the mess and any smells or fumes away from my parrot (I’m sure you will all meet him here soon…), so it’s not quite the kind of art space you’ll see in magazines or on Pinterest.  I hope when I am done remodeling, it will at least provide hope and inspiration to others that are stuck in “unpretty” spaces.  Finished pics and a tour will be posted soon!

In the meantime, I will share a cute bunny watercolor illustration I made during the holidays for my dear friends!

Watercolor Cupcake Bunny

This little guy was sketched out and then colored with Kuretake Zig Real Brush Pens and Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons.  I then drew cupcakes on watercolor paper, filled them in with the Kuretake markers (activated with water), cut them out and (more…)

Video: PanPastel & Watercolor Portrait: Done Is Better Than Perfect

PanPastel Watercolor Mixed Media Portrait

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!   I am starting off the week with a new mixed media art process video for you – this simple but nutty red-head portrait done in watercolors, watercolor pencils, PanPastels and Faber-Castell Pitt black pen.  She was a quick but fun before-work project using basic techniques, which you can watch in the video below! 🙂

She was sketched loosely in Spectrum Aquablend watercolor pencil, with the lines later activated with water to soften them and provide some shading.  Green watercolor pencil was added for the eyes, as well as some black liner for basic details.  Holbein watercolors in red and yellow formed her hair, and PanPastel and more watercolor pencil defined it further.  She was blushed and given freckles at the end.

PanPastel Watercolor Mixed Media Portrait

I recently watched a lesson by Dina Wakley, and she said (more…)

Acrylic Painting: Flowers On Blue

Floral Acrylic Painting

Good afternoon friends!  We have made it to the weekend, yay! 🙂  Today I have this quick 11 x 14 acrylic painting on canvas – a simple, semi-abstract floral design on an aqua blue background.

The background was coated with Faber-Castell gelatos and DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paint in various shades of blue with water sprayed to form drips running down the canvas.  A baby wipe helped lift out some paint in areas to bring back sections of light.

Floral Acrylic Painting

Once dry, flowers were painted using (more…)