Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rogue Redhead: Watercolor Babes

It's Thursday! Time for Rogue Redhead Designs!!

When I first saw this beautiful BEACH BABES set, I knew I needed to drag my watercolors out.
I'm not a watercolor artist (as you can tell), but awhile back I took a class from Dave Brethauer from Memory Box Stamps. Dave taught us the basics of water-coloring with Twinkling H2O's. Creating beautiful backgrounds is pretty easy.

I spray my paper (cold press 140lbs watercolor paper) with a water bottle and let it sit for a minute. At the same time I spray the watercolors and let them soak up some water. Then by just loading your brush and moving it in stripes across the paper - the colors will mix, pool, and generally make you say WOW!

I have tons of H2O's but recently I purchased this tray of opalescent watercolors from Red Lead Paperworks. I like the vintage colors. They aren't as bright as H2Os.

After the color dried I decided there wasn't a horizon line. I'm not sure you can tell in this picture, but I used my white Souffle pen and some glass glitter create the look of foamy water hitting the beach.

I hope you give water-coloring a try!


  1. Your watercoloring is amazing, Deb and the card totally amazing.

  2. Love your watercolor background. I love the effect with the Twinkling H2O's! Absolutely perfect with your image!

  3. looooove it!! what a great job at creating a perfect background. and your added white foam is a perfect touch!! wowzers!!

  4. Deb, your background coloring is amazing ! It looks super great and i like the little seashell-a great embellishment.