Karen says:

“The washy watercolour effect is so popular right now, and it’s created with so many different media: watercolour paints, watercolour oil pastels, pencils, simply using inks or watering down acrylic paints. All produce amazing, easy and fun results.

It's best to use watercolour paper, as it withstands many layers of medium and especially if like me, you love to layer up your colours! I crammed my page full with not only various watercolour mediums, but also Texture Paste stencilling and stamping, with my favourite stamps from Prima Marketing and Stampotique. I also used the fab new adhesive rub-ons with a touch of glitter; acrylic coloured fibres and thread for a few stitches round the edges as well as ink and marker pens for splatters and doodles.

This is a fun and happy page using something we all love - butterflies!” 


Stamps Karen used...

  • Stampotique: Mash Up; Rusted Rivets; French Text
  • Prima Marketing: Love Letter; Icons Tales of You And Me; Butterfly Tales of You And Me; Finnabair Dream On; Moth Wings; Nature

Other materials...

  • Archival ink: Jet Black
  • Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Tropicals; Classics; Decadent Pies
  • Prima Marketing: Water Soluble Oil Pastel Crayons
  • Prima marketing: Watercolour paper pad 8.5"x11"
  • WHSmith: A5 Sketch pad
  • Ranger: Dylusions Acrylic paint: Calypso Teal
  • Anna Marie Designs: Natural fibre
  • Ranger: Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz: Mini Stencil 5
  • Finnabair stencil: Cobblestone
  • Prima Marketing: Honeycomb Adhesive Rub-Ons
  • Finnabair Art Sugars
  • Uni-Posca pen: Black; White
  • Montana Acrylic Marker: Fluor Fire Red
  • Ranger: Mini Mister















1 Stamp butterflies onto sketch pad paper with Archival ink. Colour butterfly wings with oil pastels, remembering to keep design symmetrical.   2 Lightly spritz with water. Watch the colours merge, if puddles form, use kitchen roll corners for a careful mop up job!














3 When the colours have merged, mop up excess
water and add splatters of watercolour paint and marker pen splatters, these will bleed so repeat when dry!
  Trim down watercolour paper to 6"x 8",
apply a thin layer of texture paste through the stencil. Leave to dry.














5 Wet on wet watercolour by brushing water over your page and quickly dabbing paint onto wet areas. The paint will bleeds and spreads into wet areas freely.   6 Whilst wet, dab coordinating colours onto the page and add clean water to re-wet as you go. Add paint splatters too!














7 Paint natural fibre and the backs of the cut out butterflies with acrylic paint. Leave to dry.   8 Whilst creating, I arrange the pieces I have ready to check balance/harmony. This makes it easier to know where the stamp can be placed for best effect!














 Adding oil pastel scribbles to the stamps and misting lightly makes for a cool stamped touch. Add in random black ink stamping. And don't forget watercolour drips!   10 When dry, sew random teal stitches down edges, doodle with marker pens and add rub-ons covered with Art Sugar for magical sparkle and extra texture.














11 Rub oil pastel through mini-stencil and rub with fingertip. I apply one colour at a time and rub in each colour with a clean finger to prevent cross contamination.   12 After adding doodles and splatters, seal with Mod Podge Matte Acrylic Sealer to firm up wings. Add a touch of glitter sparkle.