She says:

"At the moment watercolours have surpassed my long loved mists and that’s really saying something!

I’ve fallen in love with watercolours all over again! They are quite a versatile medium and one of the easiest to take with you if you’re travelling. Watercolours have a reputation of being a tricky medium to master. Indeed, if you want to create life-like paintings, they can be difficult to manipulate. Using watercolours well is all about anticipating how the water will behave on your surface.

But there are so many techniques that can be used with watercolours besides just traditional painting. In this piece I have used an easy wet technique to create texture – adding salt to a wet piece and leaving it to dry! Easy, but time consuming because of the drying time, so grab your brushes and a good book and start working!"


Stamps Riikka used...

  • Prima Marketing: Trust the Magic

Other materials...

  • Prima Marketing: 12x12 Watercolour Pad
  • 7 Dots Studio Illumination 6x6 Pad: All I Ever – Box of Emotions
  • Prima Marketing Watercolour Confections: Tropicals; The Classics
  • Archival ink: Jet Black
  • WOW! Embossing Powder: Embossing ink; Vanilla Sparkle Embossing Glitter
  • American Crafts Thickers: Wonder Black
  • A Flair for Buttons: Sherbert Triangles Flair
  • Doodlebug Designs: Beetle Black Sprinkles
  • Paper doily
  • Paperclips
  • Sakura: Gelly Roll Black 


Step-by-step… Watercolour and Salt Background 

1 Attach background paper to craft mat with masking tape. Wet the paper thoroughly using a big brush or sponge.

2 Apply watercolours. Use more than one colour to get a lively effect. Consider the colour wheel when choosing colors.

3 Sprinkle grainy salt onto background. Leave to dry completely. Don’t use a heat gun as it may melt the salt.


4 Once dry, rub salt away from the surface. Use a brush to get rid of the last little grains of salt.

5 Remove masking tape and add stamping and doodles. Use text stamps to make a line in the background.

6 Brighten your background by stamping the doily shape with embossing ink and heat embossing in White Embossing Glitter. 


To finish the project: After making the background, make another piece following steps 1 to 4. Stamp hearts onto this piece and cut them out to be used as embellishments.

Layer patterned papers and a paper doily behind your photo and layer up using Foam Dots. Decorate with a Flair button, paper clips and the stamped hearts. Finish the layout with a title using foam alpha, sprinkled epoxy stickers and journaling. Add staples to couple of the hearts for extra detail. 


This project first featured in the January 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine