No Mess Watercolor Backgrounds With Watercolor Pencils

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If you love the look of watercolor, but don’t love the mess, let’s talk about a simpler way to create no mess watercolor backgrounds. This technique uses watercolor pencils, and I’m excited to share it with you!

Love the look of watercolor but don't love the mess? Try no-mess watercoloring with watercolor pencils! Click to see how.

No Mess Watercolor Backgrounds Video

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How To Do No-Mess Watercoloring

Doing this technique is simple, and here’s how.

1. Cut watercolor paper to the appropriate size for your project.

2. Color using watercolor pencils to add the desired colors. Scribbling is entirely appropriate.

Love the look of watercolor but don't love the mess? Try no-mess watercoloring with watercolor pencils! Click to see how.

3. Use a water painter to apply enough water to get colors to blend.

Love the look of watercolor but don't love the mess? Try no-mess watercoloring with watercolor pencils! Click to see how.

4. Let dry.

Simple, right?

Sample Cards

Let’s look at my sample cards. This card features the Paradise Palms die set. I created it to look like a sunset.

Love the look of watercolor but don't love the mess? Try no-mess watercoloring with watercolor pencils! Click to see how.

This one uses the Waves die set. If you’re interested in ocean cards, I used this bundle to create a lot of sample ideas in this post.

Love the look of watercolor but don't love the mess? Try no-mess watercoloring with watercolor pencils! Click to see how.

Which card do you like better – palm trees or waves?

Do you like no-mess watercoloring? Is this something you will try soon?

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4 Replies to “No Mess Watercolor Backgrounds With Watercolor Pencils”

  1. Susan Heine

    Hi Anna,
    This is a great way to achieve the “Watercolor Effect” without fretting about one’s lack of experience in Watercoloring.

    Thank you for showing “How to do it.”

    Shalom, Susan Heine

    Reply

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