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Fun techniques you can try to make watercolor and mixed media 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


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.


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


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


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


Leave a bit of the background without marks.


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


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


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


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The finished postcard.

Wax resist


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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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  • carol July 29, 2015, 4:50 am

    I just love these! My grandkids will love to do these too. Thank you for sharing so freely of your process.

  • Ursula Markgraf July 24, 2015, 2:33 am

    Awesome post!
    Thanks for the tutorials. I will share it with the participants of my postcard swap. Maybe you’re interested in participating, too?
    Apart from postage it’s free and you can sign up until the 30th of July, 2015:

    Have a wonderful day,


  • Jean Gronewold June 26, 2015, 9:50 am

    Thanks for the inspirational informative ideas! You are doing exactly what I like to do! I have been using alcohol inks on Yupo, but not other media and I really like what you are creating with other media!

  • Lacey M June 4, 2015, 9:40 am

    Thank you so much for these tutorials! I just stumbled across your site today and am so inspired. I’ve always wanted to create art like this but never figured out how to do it on my own. So thank you, I can’t wait to get to work creating things for friends and family! <3

  • ginimom21770600 March 2, 2015, 7:53 am

    Great ideas! One question – why do you use yupo paper vs watercolour paper?
    Thanks for sharing these fun projects!

    • Sandrine Pelissier March 2, 2015, 9:07 am

      Thanks ginimom21770600 :)
      All these techniques will work on regular watercolor paper and on yupo paper. The advantage of yupo paper is that any texture technique will work very very well. You can see it with the plastic wrap texture on this post, it was done on regular paper and on yupo paper, it shows more on the yupo paper than on the regular paper. I also like to work with markers on yupo paper as the surface is very smooth.

  • Louisa Zendt June 28, 2014, 3:01 am

    Fantastic summer activity for rainy days! Paint one day, write letters the next day…Thank you for the great ideas.

  • Marilyn Miller June 26, 2014, 7:41 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!!!!

  • Therese Gena June 26, 2014, 7:18 am

    Just love making zendangles doodles and mixed media so thankful for your generous information! I f you have a moment please check out some of my artwork on FB. Thanks,

  • Susan Parrot June 26, 2014, 6:27 am

    bon ca y est t’AS piqué ma curiosité

  • Susan Rorick Donze June 25, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Really lovely little paintings and fun techniques. Thanks for sharing!

  • Donna Reid June 25, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Love this step by step on the cards….Thanks for sharing this Sandrine.

  • Norma Keeley June 24, 2014, 10:14 pm

    Great idea!

  • Dorothy Yuki June 24, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Great idea for a craft workshop.

  • Kathy Dunback June 24, 2014, 4:24 pm

    You always seem to know what to add AND when to stop! I greatly admire that delicate process.

  • Sandrine Pelissier June 24, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Thanks Kathy :), for the postcards I had an idea for each design of what I wanted it to look but not a precise composition and all, the patterns kind of grew organically.

  • Kathy Dunback June 24, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Your designs are flawless. Do you plan ahead or just create the wonderful balance?

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