Watercolour layering + video

Hi all! Its officially Autumn here in Germany but the weather decided otherwise and we’re having a really sunny warm weekend! So I thought it was a great time to try a new to me water colouring technique called Watercolour layering. As you all know, I love trying new techniques so when I discovered this method after watching a few different Youtube videos, I just threw myself into it! I also made a video to try and explain the technique but as I’m not an expert watercolorist nor an instructor, please bear with me!

This technique consists of adding layers and layers of thin watercolours onto your paper, but letting each layer dry before adding the next one. I did it beside an open window, but on cooler days, you could just use a heat gun or hair dryer to dry each layer if you don’t want the whole process to take 3h. Lol!

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My first attempt, which took 2 and a half hours (!!), was ruined after I didn’t like the colour of the backwash I gave it. But I enjoyed the process so much that I immediately started on my second attempt! I think the reason why I love it, is that there is no need to shade or add dimension to the flowers, as the dry on dry layering technique creates it for you! Make sure you use thick watercolour paper for this technique  as you’re going to be putting down alot of water! I used Canson 300g watercolour paper.

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The Ton’s Fresh cut Anemones, which I’ve never used before, was also perfect for this technique, as it has a few layers of petals hidden underneath which I coloured whole, so you could see a hint of them underneath the top layers of petals, which is the whole idea of this technique. I kinda ruined the buds though, as I had forgotten to paint in the stamen until after I had finished, so I had to add more layers of paint on top of them and the effect is heavier than what I was going for.

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Another reason I love this technique is also cause it shows hints of colours you used to mix your paints to achieve the colour you were going for. For eg; I created the violet /blue with pink and blue paints and the pinks shows through my blue paint when I took away the excess paints! The effect it creates on my water-coloured flowers is just beautiful don’t you think? I can’t wait to try it using reds made with blues, oranges and pinks, I wonder what colours will show through.

Well I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial and if so, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so already, that would really make my day!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you liked my card!


I’m sharing this over at:

nbusNBUS Challenge #12 – Anything Goes.

CAS mix up CAS Mix Up Card Challenge – Its not very CAS but I’m sharing it anyway!

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps – Stamp a background

love to create.jpgLove to Create challenge Blog – Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes

addicted to casAddicted to CAS – Flowers


23 thoughts on “Watercolour layering + video

  1. I love the colors of your flower
    vibrant and beautiful combo Gwen
    and yeah I see that YOU
    I try to stamp it by my self and its not so easy cause BIG YOU hehe
    must try it again Gwen
    Love this adorable flower card

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    1. May I ask this watercolor name…I have one from Kuretake Gansai Tambi but this one I dont have and its look complete right in one set how much colors sweety..just mailing me pleaseeee…

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  2. This is so gorgeous, Gwendolyn! You achieved a ton of depth, while still keeping the coloring light and airy! Thank you for making the video showing how you made your card and thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #12!! Hugs, Darnell

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  3. This is stunning, Gwendolyn. I love the watercolor feel and the amazing colors. THanks so much for sharing your art in the NBUS Challenge. I’m so grateful to have you share your talents. Hope you’re having a great week!
    Karen Letchworth

    P.S. I’d love to have you stop by and play along with us at Word Art Wednesday, too. LOTS of great prizes and loads of fun. I hope you will join us there as well. It’s another great place to share your NBUS. http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

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  4. Wonderful video and instruction Gwendolyn. Your watercolour layered card is gorgeous. Beautiful images and beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  5. Beautiful colors and dimension of color, Gwendolyn! I’ll have to try this technique! Thanks for sharing the video. And thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

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