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Fun techniques you can try to make watercolor and mixed media postcards

trying watercolor techniques on postcards

When you want to learn new techniques, it can be a good idea to try them on postcard sized watercolor paper.

It is quickly painted and makes a nice gift.

Here are a few techniques you can try to make watercolor and mixed media postcards.

Salt textures

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Paint a wash on the paper and sprinkle salt when the wash is still wet but just before the point where it will start loosing its shine.

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Once the wash had time to dry, brush off the salt, you should see the flower like texture made by the salt.

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Draw with black markers, add designs on top of the background.

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Start with a simple design and slowly add more to it.

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Leave a bit of the background without marks.

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Paint a darker wash in the same tones on the background and on some places of the design if you want to.

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The finished postcard.

Sponge textures

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Using a natural sponge dipped in a watercolor wash, paint textures in the background.

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Using a regular marker or an acrylic marker like here, start adding textures to the background.

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Keep building up on your design to add complexityIMG_7797

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The finished postcard.

Wax resist

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Drawing with wax crayons is a simple way to add resist ( areas that won’t be painted) on a card.

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Here I am using a white wax crayon on white paper so it is easier to see when the paper is hold flat against the light of a window.

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Once you are done with the design you can start painting a watercolor wash on top.

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The paint won’t go on the paper in the places where you did use the wax, although tiny drops can still dry on the wax.

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The finish postcard, I like the tile-like appearance.

Wrap paper

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Wrap paper will make the paint form geometric textures, this technique works on regular watercolor paper as well as on yupo paper. Here on regular paper, I am painting an irregular wash mixing tones of blue and yellow.

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While the wash is still wet, place some wrap paper on top. It will stick to the paper in some places and make folds in other places.

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Once the wash has dried, take off the plastic wash and start adding designs with a marker.

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Here again, once you ar done drawing you can add more contrast by painting the background a bit darker.

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The finished postcard.

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You can proceed the same way on yupo paper. Start by painting a wash with a few colors mixing wet into wet.

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Plastic wrap will also adhere to yupo in some places, forming geometric textures.

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Remove the plastic wrap once the wash has dried, which will take longer on yupo paper because the paper is waterproof.

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Then start adding designs with a marker, you can use tissue paper under your hand not to disrupt the watercolor background.

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Here I did draw Flower overlapping each other.

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The finished design.

 

Feel free to share picture of your postcards in the comments!

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