Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Watercolor Paper Towel Technique

Last week I shared this card....


and lots of folks asked to know what technique I used to create the background. 
I have to tell you that I discovered this technique quite by accident a few years ago.
I had been playing with some Distress Re-inkers and was cleaning up my work space.  I wiped up some of the inks with a damp paper towel and set is aside while I put a few more things away.  Well, when I went to toss the paper towel in the trash along with other garbage I noticed the cool pattern the damp towel had made on the paper...
Of course this sparked an idea and I pulled everything back out and began to experiment.


Watercolor Paper Towel Technique

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Supplies:

Distress Ink, Stain, or Re-Inker
Paper Towels
Water
Paper

Instructions:

1. The first thing you need to do is dampen your paper towel with some water...use as much or as little as you would like.  Sometimes I get my really soaked, other times just so the entire towel is wet but not dripping.

2. Now dab a bit of ink on your work surface and wipe it up with the wet towel.
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3. Now dab the inky towel onto your cardstock!  If you get too much of one look, re-wad the towel and pounce some more!

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 I like to use 1-3 colors per design...much more than that and the design starts to look muddy.

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And here is what it looks like using all three  of my inky paper towels...

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You can add some real interest to your finished background by squeezing out small puddles of inky water....
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then drying it immediately.

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Here are my single color  sheets....  you will notice on a couple I used more ink while the broken china I used only a small amount...

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You end up with some really awesome looking background papers...

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Here are my multi color examples...

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And a couple projects putting these nifty backgrounds to use....

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And there you go!
A really fun and oh so easy technique that
makes you and your projects look super!

11 comments:

  1. Well this is just way to cool!! Tfs, Roni!

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  2. I like the finished product.Looks nice as sky.

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  3. Your creative mind never ceases to amaze me! So easy yet so pretty!

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  4. Cool- love this great background- and your great sample card : )

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  5. Love this! I did a similar thing to this but with scrunched up paper.

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  6. Thank you for this workshop. Very interesting backgrounds. I will try it too

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  7. Lovely effect. Looks like fun, too.

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  8. Love how these look with stamping in black.

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  9. Cool! This I will be trying soon!mthanks!

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