Video: Lydia’s Crafty Corner – Acrylic Block Watercolor Backgrounds

by Lydia Evans

Hello everyone and happy Friday! It’s Lydia here. Today I’ll be sharing five cards that use a very simple watercolor technique using an acrylic block and watercolor brush markers.

To start, I took my large acrylic block. I placed it on my desk so that the etched grid lines were underneath and then added color using some of the Watercolor Brush Markers. You can use whatever colors you like and it’s fun playing around with different color combinations. Once I had added color to the block, I then misted it with a little water to help the colors move. Then I flipped the block over and stamped this into place onto a panel of watercolor cardstock. I would recommend watercolor cardstock for this technique as it works a lot better with the watercolor medium. I then removed the block and left it to dry.

As you can see, I had so much fun with this technique that I did create a number of cards! Once I started I just couldn’t stop. I used an array of colors – Sunkissed, Purple Wine and Turquoise for the first card, Lime, Turquoise and Midnight Violet for the second and third cards, Rubellite, Autumn Blaze, Warm Sunshine, Lime, Turquoise and Midnight Violet for the fourth, and Rouge, Citrus Burst and Mountain Mist for the last one. You can also play around by using the ink last on the block to create a lighter effect.

So once all my backgrounds were dry, I stamped images and sentiments onto them using Weekend Doodles and A Study in Watercolor Stamp Sets. I then had a little play with two of the panels adding darker colors to the flowers and leaves using the same color inks for one card and bleaching the images in another.

To finish off the cards, I added some enamel dots from our array of colors.

To see how these cards came together please watch the video below or over on our YouTube Channel:

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll see you again real soon!

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A Study in Watercolor Stamp Set
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Weekend Doodles Stamp Set
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Tropical…
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Winter…
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring…
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Permanent Black Crisp Ink
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Red Cosmos Enamel Dots
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Pocketful of Sunshine Enamel Dots
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Green Fields Enamel Dots
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Cool Summer Night Enamel Dots
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Our Family Enamel Dots
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Classic Crest Solar White (25…
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barbara lassiter June 7, 2019 - 09:55

Love the look of these. They are beautiful and a fun way to get a watercolor look. One of the things I love about watercolor is that you never quite know what it looks like until it’s dry. Most times it’s great but thanks for the tips for how to fix when it isn’t!

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ggnurse June 7, 2019 - 11:03

Haven’t done that technique in ages & never made such beautiful cards with the backgrounds! I haven’t opened my pack of wc markers yet, so maybe I’ll break them in doing this. Thanks for the video!

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Patricia Wilson June 7, 2019 - 12:02

This was amazing how the backgrounds were done so quickly and looked so pretty. I think I may try that as not real good at water coloring yet……

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Helen June 7, 2019 - 18:39

Lydia, I enjoyed watching your video so much. Seeing these fabulous cards from start to completion is a great learning experience. The color combinations are all so lovely, the rainbow one is outstanding. Alternating the stamp patterns with silhouettes and lightened ink is a clever way to vary these backgrounds and the colored dots coordinate so well. tfs

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Carmela June 8, 2019 - 14:36

Gorgeous Lydia!

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