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Fun painting activity : 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.

You will have fun with these painting exercises, the postcards are easy to make and they will look great.


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

Salt textures

salt textures on watercolor wash

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.

visual texture on postcard

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

drawing with markers on top of watercolor

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

simple pattern with marker on top of watercolor

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

make your own watercolor postcards

Leave a bit of the background without marks.

layering watercolor for background

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

fun painting activity mixed media postcards

The finished postcard.

Sponge textures

watercolor sponge texture

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


marker on top of sponge visual texture

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

drawing patterns with sharpies

Keep building up on your design to add complexitymake your own postcards

fun watercolor activity on cards

The finished postcard.

Wax resist

oil resist with pastels

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

you can see the white oil pastel against the light

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

watercolor on top of oil pastel resist

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

oil pastel will push away the paint

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

oil pastel resist watercolor painting

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

Plastic wrap visual textures

mixing watercolors wet into wet

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.

plastic wrap on top of wet watercolor wash

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

plastic wrap visual textures

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

marker on top of plastic wrap visual texture

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

make your own flower postcards

The finished postcard.

wet into wet watercolor on yupo paper

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

plastic wrap textures on yupo paper

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

plastic wrap visual texture on top of yupo paper

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

marker on yupo paper

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

drawing flower designs on yupo paper

Here I did draw Flower overlapping each other.

flower patterns on yupo paper

The finished design.


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

Fun painting activity : watercolor and mixed media postcards
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