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Tartan and Argyle (ish) Watercolor background


Hello from Scotland! I’m visiting with the supersweet Debby Hughes right now – oh my GOSH I’m so excited to get to see her on her home turf!

Watercolor background

I thought I’d take a little Scottish inspiration from fabrics for today’s project. I looked for ideas on the internet – and wanted to figure out something to do with those patterns in watercolor, since I’ve been in watercolor mode preparing for this trip. Today’s video shares the results – using some masking fluid and easy waterocloring to make 2 versions of a fun soft watercolor background! Watch it below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I think I like the argyle better til I look at the tartan….then I’m sure I like the tartan on the smoother side of the Strathmore. Then I like the argyle better for the way it came out so soft where colors mix…oh man. I can’t decide. Can you?

Sandy Allnock Argyle Watercolor

Here’s a still comparing the two patterns on the two sides of the paper:
Sandy Allnock Tartan and Argyle
Ps…for those who are praying folks—please pray against this cold! My sister had one and I had held it off, but before getting on the train this am, I felt sniffles and a sore throat coming on. I had given my travel insurance (ie my cold meds) to her, and hope I fing more on the way to the train today…this cold ruined her trip, and I don’t want that same fate. Pray! 🙂


Do you have a favorite kind of watercolor background that you like to make?

29 thoughts on “Tartan and Argyle (ish) Watercolor background

  1. This is beautiful!

  2. Love this technique! I hope you enjoyed the Stirling Castle (my clan’s place!)!

  3. This is beautiful! I could see changing up the colors a bit to make it more masculine; always need ideas for those masculine cards. I don’t do a lot of watercoloring, per se, so I tend to keep it simple for skies and hills. I’m inspired to try this technique.

  4. Praying your cold symptoms don’t escalate and loving both looks.

  5. SO beautiful Sandy!

  6. Very nice Sandy…I love the one on the soft paper side..the Tartan I just like the colors more. Anyway it’s a nice job and I hope your cold didn’t get worse. Thanks Sandy


  7. As always, amazing technique! Thank you.

  8. Oh beautiful Sandy! You always make things look so easy!

  9. Love this! I cant wait to try it

  10. Fabulous idea for inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you bring back for us from your European trip!

  11. Loved seeing how the stamping and water coloring comes out on both sides of the paper. Loved both cards. TFS

  12. Very pretty.

  13. The plaid and argyle backgrounds couldn’t be more perfect for a post from Scotland! Keeping you in my thoughts and hoping you are able to fight off that cold…argh!

  14. Holy watercolor, Batgirl, these really are lovely. Need to get that fluid. Also, lucky duck, younget to spend time with one of my favorite cardmakers/photogs, Debby Hueghes. Wish I were there.

  15. Hard to pick a favorite–they are both beautiful!

  16. My heritage is Scottish so I’m envious that you’re in the land of my “people.” Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness in setting up these blog posts while you’re away. Coming to your blog is always a bright spot in my day!

  17. Oh, Sandy, these videos are amazing! I love each one – and would love more! I am of Scottish decent and love tartans! I know you are having a wonderful time traveling and painting, and I can hardly wait to see what you will have for us on your return! Hugs!

  18. Very pretty love them both No colds get better

  19. They turned out so pretty, Sandy! Love ’em both! ♥

  20. I love your watercolor cards. Great colors and thank you for all the tips. I am looking forward to receiving my masking fluid to try this technique.

  21. Love the soft colors.Enjoy your

  22. Those cards came out great! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  23. Thank you, Sandy, for the watercolor mojo! Such a great tutorial & techniques. I hadn’t heard of masking fluid before and I loved the colorful muted patterns that you created with it 🙂

  24. I like the tartan better. Hoping that you stay well. Nothing worse than being sick on vacation.

  25. No, don’t be sick! Prayers sent. As for the cards, they’re both pretty, but I like the argyle pattern better, but I like the smoother look of the tartan. Looking forward to seeing what you and Debby come up with during your visit.

  26. So cooL!

  27. Both are very pretty, but I think the tartan is my favorite.

  28. gorgeous cards..I so hope the cold bug doesn’t get you….

  29. Oh, wish I could be in Scotland right now, looking over both of your shoulders.
    I think I prefer the tartan one. I think the main reason for this is that you touched up the black floral image on this one, which makes it stand out more against the soft background.

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