Prepping a Watercolour Background – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Not everyone is an artist or has an artistic background or training. For me, I personally love the watercolour effect taught years ago. Now most people don’t like watercolour paint and find it difficult to work with, but never fear as there is always an alternative…

Today I am showing you how to prep an artistic watercolour effect background using the inks you may have in your stash or you may have access to.

  • Step 1

    You need a pigment ink and a plastic packet – I used 3 different coloured inks.

  • Step 2

    Lightly pat the ink pad onto the plastic packet to transfer the ink.

  • Step 3

    Mist the ink on the packet with water until it starts to become runny.

  • Step 4

    Lift the packet, flip it over and stamp the ink onto your background cardstock.

TIP: if you mist the ink too much and it becomes very runny you may have some drips – this only adds to the effect and looks of natural watercolours so don’t stress.
  • Step 5

    Repeat the process using a blue ink. I use the same packet for all colours just wiping it clean in between ink colours.

  • Step 6

    Stamp the blue over the pink even while the background is still wet.

  • Step 7

    Repeat the stamping, using your packet, over the entire background and then leave to dry.

  • Step 8

    Use a jumbo dauber and your pink ink to stencil some additional patterns onto the background.

  • Step 9

    Repeat the watercolour stamping with gold Delicata ink in the same way as before. Leave the background to dry or heat set to speed up the process.

  • Step 10

    Remember to repeat all the colours because repetition makes for a better design.

  • Step 11

    Start gathering the photo you want to use and other elements to complete your layout. Then adhere all the elements and add some additional ink splats to complete your layout.


Post by The Wholesaler’s Designer Jowilna Nolte. We are very proud to introduce you to our first designer, Jowilna Nolte. Jowilna is a true creative and she will be sharing some of her passion and creativity with you.


  1. Debbie Minnaar

    Love the title. Is the hello die cut also available from The Wholesale r?

  2. The Wholesaler

    Jowilna, did you cut the hello yourself?

  3. Scrapcouture

    I cut the ‘hello’ on my Silhouette out of smooth AC cardstock – it is a file from the Silhouette store “hello title – spring things by Doodlebug Design Design ID #176410
    I hope this helps. The Silhouette is really an amazing machine to customize your titles.

  4. Debbie Minnaar

    Thank you so much. Much appreciated xx

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