Friday I talked about the inchies (rinchies, & twinchies) I was making and mieljolie commented that she had never seen alcohol used with watercolor, so when I needed to make backgrounds for my instant cemetery cans I snapped a few photos of the process.
Watercolor is an inexpensive and easy medium to work with and you can get a variety of one of a kind backgrounds to use for all sorts of fun things.I started out by painting an entire page of watercolor paper with a wash of water tinted with black. I wanted the paper to be thoroughly wet.Next I added some black. I painted it on in stripes and let the edges bleed together, I wanted a variegated background with different shades of black.Using a bunched up paper towel I blotted some of the paint off the paper on the top half of the page.Once I was satisfied with that I flicked rubbing alcohol onto the paper. The effect is immediate, it looks kind of like bleach spots. I love the blotchy, molted look it gives the paper. Once the papers are dry I will glue mini copies of the new tombstones onto it and make the paint can wrapper.
I also really love the salt technique she mentioned, I used that for some of the backgrounds of my spooky spice labels.
Do you have a favorite watercolor technique?, I’d love to hear about it :)