Thursday, January 10, 2019

Watercolor Mottling Technique Video + Giveaway

You know how you'll be watercoloring along and then you accidentally drop too much water into an otherwise perfect wash for a sky?

Well a few times I've done that I thought that the patterns were actually beautiful and might make a fun technique, so that's what I'm bringing you today, and I do have a video below for you.

To create both cards today, I'm using the fabulous new watercolor brush markers from Altenew. They have such vibrant colors and are a lot of fun to paint with, as you'll see.

First, I stamped the rose image from this stamp set and made sure that was dry. Then I quickly painted around the rose with the Ruby Red watercolor marker. While it was still wet, I dropped in Citrus Burst to create the mottling. Then I just added a glitter paper die cut from this bundle.
 For the second card I just painted inside the rose with the Ruby Red, and dropped Citrus Burst on that. The leaves were painted with Lagoon, and I dropped Citrus Burst into that wet color - I love the light it creates.

I cut those out with the matching dies, and glued them onto a script background from this pack. Then I added a die cut from this bundle again.
So here's the video of the technique, and then stay tuned below for a giveaway!




Watercolor Marker Bundle 1
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Inked Rose Stamp & Die Bundle
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Flower Arrangement Stamp & Die Bundle
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
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GKD Patterned Paper Pack- Petite...
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Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
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Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White -...
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Black...
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
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Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
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Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
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My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
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LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
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Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
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Altenew Blog - Inspiring crafters...
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Blooming Ring Creativity Kit — Altenew
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You can read all about the markers on the Altenew blog today as well as a great sale on this kit and a free gift detailed here.


Now - I will be giving away a $20 Altenew gift certificate for one of you - to be eligible to win, just leave me a comment telling me what you'd like to learn about watercolor this year! I'll try to grant some wishes :).



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96 comments:

  1. Gorgeous technique!!
    I basically need to learn everything about watercolor...LOL

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  2. Also, I have a question. A couple years back, you did a video where you decoupaged little squares of tissue paper in blues and greens on a glass candle holder. I loved it so much I went out and got all the supplies to do it!
    Well, those supplies still sit. 🙄
    And now I cannot find the original video. If you know what I’m talking about, could you possibly send me a link to the video? I would love that. Thank you!

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  3. I love the look of watercolor, but it scares me to death. I can never get the light blending around the background object. I always have lines.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this mottling technique! I’ll definitely give it a try. Beautiful rose results!

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  5. Wow, Lydia, your cards are gorgeous! Love the bright vivid colors & your great technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Those colors have such impact! Where do you find inspiration for water coloring?

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  7. Both wonderful cards - I love the colouring in the background - it really puts a wonderful focus on the pattern of the rose stamp.

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  8. I love your card. That red is magnificent!! I would love to learn how to blend colors better. I am also horrible at picking colors that go together. Eeek!!

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  9. I'd love to learn how to control my paint-to-water ratios better to get the pigment load that I want.

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  10. Lovely cards! :) I would like to learn various techniques you can do with watercolors.

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  11. This is my first view of your blog. Love your cards!

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  12. Gorgeous cards, Lydia. I do love a scripty background, so I'm a bit partial to that card.
    As to your question ... you've stumped me, really. I don't know a thing about watercolors and
    only dabble at it.

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  13. Beautiful effects. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love the concept of turning your mistakes into highlights!

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  15. this year i want to be able to have a more "loose" style of watercoloring - i tend to try and be too precise - lovely cards, Lydia

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  16. Both cards are gorgeous! I love the background on the 1st one, but the leaves on the 2nd one just grab my heart! This is the year I want to start watercolouring -so everything is on my list 'to learn'! LOL

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  17. Pretty cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Love the gold text on these. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  19. Love both cards, especially the one with the colored background. What a great idea!

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  20. This is an amazing card. You have done an outstanding job.

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  21. Gorgeous inspiration, loving the new colours!

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  22. I would like to learn how to layer colors without getting muddy results. I see the beautiful results that others are able to get but I just can't seem to do it myself.

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  23. Wow, double wow!! Awesome results and very striking cards!! Thanks for the inspirations.

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  24. Both of your cards are very nice. I love the white rose which pops with the red background and the pretty red rose.

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  25. Very lovely cards and water coloring! Looks like it could have been a two for one card!

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  26. lovely cards - thanks for the inspiration:)

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  27. Very pretty....I do think that my favorite is the second card...I love the way you did the mottling on the leaves...pretty color choices...thank you so much for sharing.

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  28. Gorgeous and vibrant!! The new colors are beautiful.

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  29. I love these cards!! The contrasts are fantastic!

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  30. Using your watercoloring technique for both a background and floral coloring is a great idea. The resulting cards are so vibrant. tfs

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  31. Watercolor for me can end up overdone. I would like some techniques that would help me to know when to stop! LOL!

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  32. Incredible technique and video! I love the colors! JUST WOW!

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  33. Beautiful cards!! I wanna learn about highlights and shades this year! :)

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  34. What bright and beautiful cards Lydia!!

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  35. Beautiful technique! I will have to give it a try.

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  36. Pretty cards and great video. Thank you.

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  37. Gorgeous cards! I love the background pattern papers <3

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  38. Thanks for sharing these amazing cards.

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  39. Gorgeous cards and beautiful coloring. Love these vivid colors and great technique.

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  40. Both cards look great, I especially like the second one.

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  41. I love watching your videos!! You have such a soothing, calm voice. I've only dabbled in watercolor and watch your videos to give me confidence to try more, so I wouldn't even know what technique to suggest.

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  42. There is a lot I need to learn.
    To be free and just do something.
    To not stress over little "mistakes".
    To keep trying - I'll never be
    completely satisfied with my work.
    thanks for the video. the cards
    are wonderful.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. Awesome cards Lydia, love these markers colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. Love these cards, Lydia! Such a nice mottling effect you got on both of them.

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  45. OMG you are so talented! Love this color combo
    Thanks a lot for sharing this beauty with us
    Aya

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  46. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. I can't wait to try this. Loved the cards, and am looking forward to getting these brush markers.

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  47. Lovely technique, beautiful cards, thanks for inspiration!

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  48. Gorgeous! I can't wait to have these in my stash so I can create some lovely projects

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  49. These new watercolor brushes have such vibrant color. Love your use of the red and citrus to create such lovely cards!

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  50. Lydia, Thank You for sharing a different technique, it is always nice to learn something new. Great cards!

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  51. That big red flower looks amazing! It is almost JUICY! Just beautiful!

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  52. Both of your cards look lovely. I need to learn anything and everything about watercolor brush markers. I bought some but need to practice. I can't get the hang of them but everyone makes them look so easy.

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  53. I would learn how to place shadows/darker shades correctly in my watercoloring projects. The Altenew watercolor brush pens look like fun!

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  54. Oh are these watercolor pens as great as they look 🥰 !

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  55. Hi Lydia :) Love the watercolor brush mottling technique you used here! I also really like how you used the lack of color in areas!!! I need to get more bold! Thanks for sharing :)

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  56. A fantastic technique Lydia, hopefully one day I will have these marker so I can try it. This looks amazing!

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  57. Wonderful cards! I love your backgrounds! I would like to learn and improve my colour fading this year. I haven't had a lot of practice with watercolours, and hoping to change that.

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  58. Thank you for introducing me to a new technique for watercoloring. I haven't done much with watercolor because I'm not that good. This looks like a technique that I can master. Your card is stunning. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  59. Wow! This is such a cool technique! Love the background it creates!

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  60. I am new to watercolor... so I have a lot to learn! Your work is beautiful!

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  61. I'd love to learn how to keep my color from blooming--I'm a complete novice but do love watercolor

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  62. Gorgeous cards and a fun technique I will definitely have to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  63. Your cards are stunning. I love the styles and the colors are beautiful. This new watercolor set is going on my wish list.

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  64. Wow! What beautiful colors these pens are!

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  65. I have never seen this technique before, so I will be trying it as soon as my new watercolor pens arrive! Looks like a good starting point for a beginner like me! Lovely cards, both of them!

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  66. I would like to learn how to watercolor!

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  67. Interesting technique - I will be trying this soon! Just getting started with watercolors, so I have a lot to learn. Most interested in tips on choosing colors that work well together, I can see that working from a set like this is a great help in that area.

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  68. Wow what a beautiful way to create two cards at one time! I am excited to watch your video; to see exactly how you created both spectacular watercolor washes. Truly some fab cards!

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  69. Lydia, beautiful cards! I need to get that stamp set, I love it. As I mentioned a number of weeks ago, I'd love a video on the basics, how much water to add to your colors, what size brushes do you usually use, where to shade and how much. Just the beginning basics if you will.















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    1. Love these blog hops as you learn so many techniques. Haven´t seen the mottling technique before and really like the effect. I would love to try this when I receive my watercolour brush markers. Any watercolour technique would be good as I still class myself as a beginner. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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  70. What a cool technique! I love how your cards turned out, as usual! Thanks for the new technique and the great inspiration!

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  71. I have never seen this mottling technique before so Thank you for sharing. I would like to know what colors to put together so you don't end up with mud.

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  72. Brilliant and gorgeous! Love your sweet card!

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  73. Gorgeous cards! Such beautiful watercoloring and designs. I have a hard time controlling the amount of water, either too much or too little. So I would like to learn more about that.

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  74. Love your cards and thanks so much for demonstrating the technique for us. I also love the script background on the second card. It really suits the style of the rose.

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  75. Lydia, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful creations! I am new to card making and am a beginner at most crafts. I enjoy water colors, but it can be hard to invest in all the amazing products our there. It really seems like this new set from Altenew are manageable and affordable! Thank you for the great inspiration and beautiful cards.

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  76. I think the gradient technique would be helpful. Love your pretty cards!

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  77. I love that you took a "bad practice" and turned it into a cool look. Proof again that there is a place for pretty much any style of art.

    As for what I need help with, that's a tough one. Mostly I know I need to practice more with watercolor, so that's step one. But I guess something I do have trouble with is getting nice depth. I think I'm using too much water, so everything blends out into one pretty flat midtone. So that's probably what I could use some help on. Thanks for offering!

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  78. Thank you Lydia, for these beautiful cards and and new-to-me technique - I really like it, and am glad to know how to fix one of my water colouring problems. I would like to learn how to work out where to put the light striking the object I’m painting, and shadows in the correct place, and also how to paint backgrounds. Thank you so much

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  79. Wow! So pretty! Love the bold colors and flowers!

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  80. Stunning projects. I love the results of the watercolor pens, Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  81. I am hoping to learn to freehand florals with watercolor.

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  82. I am SO in love with this rose set!!!! Your card with the red background and the white rose is brilliant!!! Love, love, LOVE!!!!

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  83. This looks like a really fun technique that I am going to have to try!! Thanks for picking it up off the cutting room floor!!

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  84. Wow... gorgeous cards!
    I want to learn more background techniques with watercolors!

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  85. I have done watercolor before but I would love to learn more about your technique.

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