Mixed Media Watercolor


If I were to say Textured Watercolor to you, what would you think of? Mixed Media? Embossing Paste? I have to admit, this month I felt a little challenged when I saw the theme over at the Mixed Media Challenge at Happy Little Stampers – Water. Now you can take this a few ways – water based  techniques or literally create a water scene (Usually what I’d do). SO, I thought I’d give a little Textured Watercolor a shot.

HLS Mixed Media challenge March 2016

To get the water flowing on my mixed media piece, and have a little fun – I whipped out some bright colors, stencils, stamps and a few different mediums. I even shot a real time video for you too – so if you want to see how I watercolored Embossing Paste to create a beautiful textured card, just watch here – or click the link below to watch in HD on YouTube.

Watch in HD on YouTube

The snow is falling as I write this blog post, so it was fun to work on a project that gave me a spring/summer feel. That’s what I love about art, it takes you away to some cool places! Here’s a written tutorial for you too – but the video has much more detail.

Mixed Media: Creating Textured Watercolor

  • Add embossing paste  through a stencil where you want to on 140# cold pressed watercolor or mixed media paper. I used Specimens 12×12″ by The Crafters Workshop. Set aside to dry.
  • Paint over your dried piece with bright vibrant watercolors as in the video. I used Lemon Yellow, Translucent Orange, Magenta, Quinacrodone Violet, Cobalt, Paynes Grey (Schminke) and Permanent Rose (Mission).

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  • Keep your watercolor loose and bright, adding dimension through layers and depth by keeping the darker areas balanced with the light.
  • Allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Stamp Script stamp in Soot Black Distress Ink in random spots, touching up in spots with water to keep it loose and imperfect.
  • Add splats with a watery Paynes Grey and a paint brush.

Textured Mixed Media

  • Once dry, add a little sponging to the edges and lightly on the sides with Hickory Smoke and Soot Black Distress inks.
  • Secure your project and stencil over it again. Sponge your embossing paste in Hickory Smoke and Soot Black. If not dark enough to your liking, use your Distress Inks in the direct to paper method.
  • Cover your project with a destatic tool.
  • Place your stencil over top your project again and smoosh a versamark pad over your embossed images.

Mixed Media Watercolor

  • Add glitter, then a little clear embossing powder. Heat set
  • Rub over your project with a cloth or paper towel to remove the destatic powder and some of the glitter.
  • Emboss a greeting on a piece of Vellum card stock, tear and add to your project as in the video. I used Everyday Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
  • Add piece to black card stock and trim if needed. If you do trim, add a little black to the bottom as in the video and touch up your sponging.


And come to think of it – I created another Watercolor Mixed Media piece earlier in the week for my friends Loll & Bonnie’s new challenge too – CAS Mix Up. See that card here. I decided to play along with two other challenges today – Anything but Cute – Color and Mixed Media Mojo – Springtime/Watercolor.

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So grab those bright watercolors, and have fun creating your own Mixed Media piece! I’m sure you’ll get just as lost in it as I did. Till next time –


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  1. Congratulations Ingrid on Being the Mixed Media Mojo Diva for March !

    Thanks so much.

  2. What an amazing technique! Love it!! Thanks so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo this month!

  3. A beautiful card, l love the vibrant colours, thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Mojo.
    xxx Hazel

  4. wow! This card makes a great impression, Ingrid.

  5. Striking colours and wonderful textures, thanks so much for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo! Deb xo

  6. This is beautiful Ingrid, I love the depth in the colours you chose.

  7. Love the card! Gorgeous design, fab color combo and stunning technique!
    Thanks for joining us over at Mixed Media Mojo.

  8. love the texture and the torn vellum

  9. Beautiful.. Love the color you acheived!
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  10. Thank you for joining Crazy For Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

  11. I love the bright colors. A beautiful project
    thanks for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo

  12. Fabulous. Vibrant. Technique-y. Fun.
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  13. AH-MAZING! 🙂 Gorgeous texture, colours and design. I literally gasped when I saw your card. You are one amazing mixed media artist, Ingrid! xx

  14. What a beautiful and vibrant piece of art Ingrid – just gorgeous!
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  15. janet gillen/auntbubbels says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, makes me want to create right now, but I have to finish cleaning!!! ugh

  16. Wow, Wow, Wow! This is an amazing piece of artwork, and I’m so impressed that it’s done in watercolors–one of my favorite mediums, but you have really made it pop! So I need to say wow again, because this is leaving me speechless! I haven’t watched the video yet, but I’m also impressed that you’ve made a video as well as listed your steps here…bonus points from me for that! I’m loving your colors and the design is just lovely. Your laying up of the butterfly image is wonderful–it gives it an almost grungy appearance (points!!!) Love it!

    Thank you for joining our Crazy for Color challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily

    • Wow, thanks Sara Emily for such a sweet comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorials. I too love the vibrant colors, Schminke Hordam Aquarelle – artist watercolors – they are vibrant and gorgeous! I love those stencils too – the black over the white does give it a cool sultry look. Thanks so much for your visit! 🙂
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  17. Stunningly beautiful vibrant card! Great step by step and video tutorial! I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DTx

  18. What a bright and cheerful card ! The technique sounds very interesting I must watch the video.Thank you for making it for us all to watch and enjoy.

    Thank you for sharing your art with us at Mixed Media Mojo.

    Good luck in your challenges.

  19. Hi Ingrid, this project jumped out at me! I adore the entire piece, every texture and element! A WOW! Can’t wait to watch the video.

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