EASY Watercolour Backgrounds Made With Acrylic Paint To Try

EASY Watercolour Backgrounds Made With Acrylic Paint To Try


I have five gorgeous and super easy
watercolor effect backgrounds for you to try and they are all made using acrylic
paint you can use a few art projects for your cards on your next art journal page
whatever you like but why use acrylic paints like this and not watercolors
well if you’re layering acrylics are really easy to layer on top off because
once they’re dry they won’t budge so you can layer and layer and layer it
without worrying so let’s get stuck into our first watercolor effect backgrounds
using acrylic paints now for this background start adding water to paper
using a pipette to draw the water across the page in lines if you like you can
also run your brush through as well for larger drops and spread them out a
little bit but keep your lines separate and don’t try to cover the paper with
blocks you want to keep those lines there because you’ll see in a minute how
pretty they look and you can keep going like this but you can’t really see what
I’m doing so we’re going to go straight in and add some acrylic paints you can
see how the color sort of spreads through the water on the page and what
kind of texture kind of emerges from it when you use this technique this is so
much fun to do and I love watching the lines of water take up that color you
can change that B color you can add drips and you can add dribbles you can
also run your pipette or the other end of a brush through those lines of water
that you’ve got on there and just spread that color out a little bit more what
you’re doing is you’re aiming to get a nice and a nest or matrix or lattice of
these lines and splatters on the page and that’s what’s gonna give you this
wonderful texture and really interesting background to play with so keep adding
drips and dribbles and you can flick your brush over the page you can even
use old toothbrushes or specking brush whatever you like or you could just
throw the color down with your fingers and flick it on with your hand now don’t
forget that everything that I use in my videos will be listed below in the
description so if there’s something you’re interested in like what paper I’m
using today then it’s listed there once you have the
coverage that you want just let that piece dry naturally don’t be tempted to
use a heat tool you get some really interesting effects if you just let that
piece sort of dry on its own and if you want to see how I took back
just like this one and turned into a finished piece then I have that whole
process as a video over on my patreon for my video fanatics right let’s get in
to background number two now before you start this one you’ll want a few watered
down a Creek paint colors ready to use because we’re going to move quite fast
through this one so you want everything prepared so you can just get stuck
straight into it now apply a circle of paint onto your page for this technique
it helps to be generous when you load your brush as you want the paint to be
quite fluid on the page but not a big pool of liquid and you might have to go
back into that paint to pick up some fresh paint and layer it over the top
but you do need to work a little bit quickly for this one because once the
paint dries on the page it will leave a border line that you can’t really blend
out add another circle of a different color and let the paint brush touch the
still wet areas of that first circle so little colors can just flow and merge
into each other so if you’ve got any patches that are pooling with water
they’re perfect places to touch with the new color you can let the two circles
completely touch or you can do like I’m doing and just sort of touch the area in
a few bits so you have that it’s a white paper look in between which I think
looks quite cool but you don’t have to use that if you don’t want keep on
adding color just like this until you’ve covered the page or got the effect that
you’re looking for then just let that page dry naturally again don’t be
tempted to use that heat all for this next technique let’s stay with wet
blended colors and wet blended techniques but this time let’s go for it
and lay the colors directly on top of each other so add your first color in a
block or any other shape that you fancy playing with and add a few of them over
your page you don’t have to go all out you can just put a couple down then whilst
that paint is still wet add in your next color over the first color and don’t be
worried about going through the still wet still fresh paint that’s the whole
point try to aim for the wettest areas of that first color to get a really
blend of color and try to avoid the drier areas to cut down on getting those
sharp lines on the page keep adding different colors over the top and if you
pick colors you know will work together then you won’t have to worry about any
nasty color mixes or it turning to brown where you don’t want it to once you have
the page covered just how you want it let the paint dry naturally yeah you
guessed it put that heat tool away and you can see what kind of color changes
and what kind of patterns and textures you’ll get and what will develop over
time right so next technique we’re going to cover the page with a thin layer of
water down a creek paint and let it dry you want it pretty much touch dry for
this one and because you’ve layered it over quite thinly and stretch it out a
little bit then it should touch dry pretty quickly so don’t flood your page
with water for this one just get some color across that page so once this is
now touch dry you can drop in another water down a acrylic paint or with a pipette
or brush handles or fingers or whatever you’ve got and let the dribbles and the
drips move and mingle but then grab a straw and below the drops and dribbles
move that store around to get the colored liquid moving and add more drops
if you need to just keep on going have some fun with it you can make some
really interesting designs and textures with this one can’t you? so this time I’m
going to let the page dry naturally and if you want you can let it completely
dry well what I’m actually gonna do here is
I’m going to let it dry to a certain point where quite a lot of it is dry but
there’s still a little bit of wet color here and then I’m gonna press a clean
piece of kitchen towel just to lift off the wettest parts and you can see what
kind of interesting effect that makes you’ll get some lighter areas and darker
areas and it just adds an interesting texture now you can add some more color
and just move it around the page by blowing through that straw onto it get
some really fun and interesting looks so I’m gonna let this layer completely dry
and that’s me done on this texture but if you wanted to you could keep on going
and keep on adding more and more low just like this one so let’s move on to
our next technique so you remember I said that when you let your paint dry
you get that hard edge you know a border around the color where it’s going to use
that property to make our next interesting acrylic paint watercolor
background and this time we add blocks of color over the page and we’re going
to be adding a few layers here so don’t feel that you have to cover the whole
page at this point you can start off with just a couple of blocks of color at
the paint as evenly as you can over that block you don’t leave any pools of
liquid this time on the block and you also want it to dry pretty quickly so
find that happy place between having enough watered down paint on your brush
and just not overloading the brush so that it floods onto the page let the
color dry completely and this time if you want to you can use your heat tool
once that’s dry add your next color in exactly the same way and let the paint
blocks overlap each other so in this technique we’re actually using the
paint’s more like a glaze we’re not letting the mix emerge into each other
they just become like layers of filter of color over each other so the color
underneath is going to change depending on what color you put over the top and
you can keep building up your texture with these kind of layers of block color
and if you want to just keep on going until you completely cover the page or
leave some areas of paper uncovered to add further contrast you can also play
with the shapes and use different ones they don’t have to be blocks at all they
could be circles they you know me I love my circles you can do a whole texture of
crisscross lines across the page which would look fantastic so have fun and see
what kind of effects that you can get with it so once you’ve done all these
backgrounds you have a fun bundle ready to grab when you next come to do some
art and you can layer up and layer up and do whatever you like over them so
I’ve already used a couple of my backgrounds in projects that I’ve put
over on patreon so you can see them there but I would love to hear what
you’re going to use yours for so do let me know in the comments but in the
meantime if you’re looking for some more acrylic paint ideas and techniques then watch these videos next and I’ll see you there

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