What to do with failed watercolor paintings: Watercolor Mosaic Technique

What to do with failed watercolor paintings: Watercolor Mosaic Technique

A few months ago, I saw an Instagram reel showing an artist breaking faulty pottery – already glazed – and using it to make gorgeous mosaic pieces. Stunning work! I thought if she could repurpose her failed works – maybe I could do the same! I have SO many watercolors piling up that are just, well….not great – let’s see what I can turn them into if they get chopped into bits!

Video

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The elephant came out, well – not excellent but it was a great teaching tool! I learned if I want to do detail as I did in the face, I need to wipe my schedule clean of a lot more stuff so I can spend more time on it. I do like the variety in scale of the mosaic pieces, but I wish I’d planned it more carefully, instead I just got in a hurry to call it done.

Making a card this way was much simpler, especially after the large elephant piece! I’ll likeely make some more cards like this….and maybe I’ll do another large piece at some point, we’ll have to see.

Lots more mosaic pieces left……whee!

Do you have some practice paintings you could chop up to try something like this? Or maybe some designer paper that you don’t like could take on a new life…or any kind of background.

Give this idea a try, too – click the image to go see this bookmark tutorial:

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Brayered Stamped Watercolor on Mineral Paper

Brayered Stamped Watercolor on Mineral Paper

Brayering watercolor? Seriously? Well I remember hearing about brayering it in some of my Yupo research ages ago. And as I was trying to use this Mineral Paper for a watercolor painting and had ruined it….why not try the brayer on this piece of paper before pitching it?

Video

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I had picked up a cheapie brayer set and was delighted that it worked! Little moisture though – the instant water enters the picture, everything becomes a quick mess.

Stamping into the dry watercolor worked amazingly well too; I did have to fuss about how much water to use, and then ended up brayering lightly over it to make it all work together as a sublte background, then painted in extra berries and branches in between stamps.

I got 8 cards out of it – I divided my paper into 4 horizontally and 2 vertically, which you can do with any size paper to get multiples out of it. Punched out some snowmen and BOOM done!

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World Cardmaking Day in the life (with quick giveaway)

World Cardmaking Day in the life (with quick giveaway)

Some folks might wonder about my daily routine – and while this wasn’t shot today on World Cardmaking Day – I can’t edit that fast, lol) – it’s how lots of my days go. For me AND the pups!

Ellen’s got a World Cardmaking Day page set up – check it all out right HERE! Note that the kit has more stuff in it than I was able to show in my video coz I only had parts of it.

Video

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LIVE in a few hours!

At noon Pacific TODAY I’ll be on Ellen’s YT channel teaching her how to do the masking for this card:

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Tips for adding salt to watercolor

Tips for adding salt to watercolor

I’ve been playing a bit with salt and watercolor lately – and I thought I’d share a few things I learned! Including what NOT to do. ha!

Video

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Painting is for sale HERE.

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Art Impressions Slimline WC: Spooky Door (or winter door?)

Art Impressions Slimline WC: Spooky Door (or winter door?)

I was pretty sure this was a fall card. Til I added stars. You can weigh in and decide which season it’s for! I did try to make a funky scary shadow – just to see if that made it more of a spooky card?

Video

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Ok enough of the crazy shadow – lol – here are closeups of the top and bottom sections. The hardest part about sharing slimline cards is the long skinny size – so hard to photograph!

A totally other idea…..

I posted this last week on Instagram as a reel (30 sec video) HERE…..

21 Stamped Watercolor Inspiration tutorials!

Need more ideas? Lots here to be had!

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