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Watercolor Resist Background Technique

mixed media background tutorial

I love how this technique ends up turning out. However, it does take some time to dry.


Here are the steps:

1. Get a piece of card stock completely wet.

Don't use watercolor paper. It’s too absorbent.

2. Add watercolor to your wet card stock.

watercolor on wet paper

3. Add different complementary colors if wanted:

mixed watercolors

4. Cover the whole piece of card stock:

watercolor splotch background

5. Place embroidery thread and other absorbent materials onto the wet card stock:

6. Place a piece of heavy glass on top of everything.

I used a glass baking dish.

dry the watercolor background

7. Once dry, remove the string and any other fiber-like materials.

You should be left with an awesome resist where the thread soaked up the color!

I made an artist trading card with part of my background:

atc using watercolor background

Check out another mixed-media background tutorial using a stencil.

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