10 Ways to Watercolor!

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Hi everyone, it’s Shari here with 10 Ways to Watercolor! Have you been confused as to “what to try” when choosing items for watercoloring? I’m here to help you with a few tips and different types of items that are great to use to get your desired effect.

I’ll break the different types of watercolors down into groups:

  • Dry Paint Pallette
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • H20’s
  • Gelatos
  • Peerless (dry paper)
  • Sprays
  • Inks (2 ways)
  • Markers (2 ways)

Other important items are brushes and watercolor papers.  For paper, I prefer the Tim Holtz Distress watercolor sheets for making cards. It is a true white paper and is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″. For larger projects, another great choice is Strathmore Cold press Watercolor paper 8.5″ x 5.5″.

Brush types can vary not only in size but also round, flat and type of bristles. I have two favorite brushes types that I use all the time, both being from Ranger. The first is the Studio Artist brush set. There is every size I need including wide flat brush for background washes down to super small for painting fine details. My other favorite is the Tim Holtz  Detailer Water Brush with it’s amazing water reservoir! This brush can be filled with Distress Sprays, used to activate watercolor pencils and also for standard painting.

I’ve created a card using some of the sprays and inks that I show in my video where I’ve sampled different watercolor types.

Shari Carroll watercolor

And created a quick watercolor background using inks and the Moroccan Background stamp. I love how the inks mix on the paper to form new color.

Shari Carroll watercolor D1

I’ve put together a video using the types of watercolors that I have and how I use them for painting in a small flower stamped image plus a quick background for my card. . You can view the video below or on our YouTube channel.

There is another watercolor medium that I did not cover, being liquid or tube watercolor paints. Simon Says Stamp has a several sets available: the first being Sakura Koi (12 colors), the Grumbacher Acedemy (8 colors), the Windsor Newton Cotmon (6 colors), the Windsor Newton Cotmon (12 colors) and finally a nice little travel set the Royal Langnickel Keep and Carry set (6 colors). These paints are highly concentrated paste that you would squeeze out onto a pallet and use with water. They are very blendable and transparent, you can let them dry on your pallet to regenerate later with water as you would a dry pallet paint.


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I hope I have given you information on the types of watercolors available and how they are used to make your selections easier.  Have a great weekend!

Card supplies:

In my supplies below, I have listed complete sets on some items, please know you can shop for individual items to suit your needs.

Watercolor Supplies:

  1. Thank you, Shari! I loved the video and so appreciated the comparisons of watercolor methods! Just purchased this die and stamp set and am excited to try my hand at watercoloring! Hugs!

  2. Oh no… total enabling post and I love it. I have had the Peerless and Kuretake Gansai on my with list for a while… I love my distress inks and the H2O are great, and I am working on the Derwent technique, not there yet. I think what I need is the brushes though, I may not be using the right ones! More posts like this please!

  3. I’ve tried the Peerless WC . Every video I see makes it look so easy! I guess I need more practice.

  4. Thank you so much for all this information. It has inspired me to go and do some watercoloring.

  5. I love the look of this card! I have a cute little Sakura travel set and some water brushes which I love. But I’d love to try the Twinkling H20s, I can think of a lot of uses for a little sparkle in cards and scrapbooking!

  6. This information is most appreciated! I wouldn’t have considered purchasing this flower set, but what you have done with it have changed my mind. Gorgeous card! Love the colors!

  7. I do so appreciate seeing “how to” videos, as I am a “visual” crafter and learn better when I can see the process being done. What a delightful card creation!

  8. I FINALLY had a chance to sit down, quietly, and watch this, Shari. LOVE the whole video! Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us all! So many awesome tips for water coloring! And your card is gorgeous!!! ♥

  9. I would love to get better at ANY kind of watercoloring. It is so beauitful and you truly make it look easy. What a lovely card!!

  10. Wonderful video!!!! Love all the different types of watercolor!! I can’t wait to try some of these! Thank you! And your card is gorgeous!!!!

  11. I thoroughly enjoyed this video and your demonstration of these mediums. I’ve been experimenting with watercoloring and I really like the soft and beautiful look I can achieve. Just adds another dimension to my cards.

  12. Thank you so much, Shari. I’ve been doing some watercoloring with many of these mediums. Have had a range of the Twinkling H20s for many years and have pulled them back out. This is a really great overview of all the mediums. I really appreciate you pulling all this together. The card is beautiful!!

  13. Thank you Shari for an excellent video focusing on the beauty of watercolor and how to achieve it through different watercolor mediums. I have most of these, but it’s always a pleasure to watch an experienced artist apply them. Two sets that I don’t have are the Sakura Koi Pan Field Set, and the beautiful Zig Kurektake Gansa Tambi set. I’ve ordered both today. Another thing I wanted to address since I do a lot of watercolor are brushes. I have several sets and if you are serious about this medium, get the better quality brushe(s) or set. I recently purchased a less expensive set and I am so disappointed. I throughly enjoyed your video and will definitely be looking in again. Most of my purchases are from SSS – love the company.

  14. A wealth of information and superb presentation. You are one of my favorite instructors. I am so new to all of this and want to learn as much as I can the easiest way possible! Your simple yet clear instructions give me confidence that this is possible!

  15. Wonderful idea to take various products and demonstrate the “how to” on a uniform object giving the viewer the opportunity to see the differences in application. Thank you SO much!

  16. Thank you so much for the video on all the products and the results you get with each!! Love the card!!

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  18. Thank you, Shari, for a terrific video on the variety of mediums with which one can watercolor. I can’t wait to try my hand at some of these!

  19. This is probably the best watercolor video I have seen. Now I know what to do with all the things I have collected!!! My Twinkling H2O’s have been sitting for years. Now I can use them! The same with my Gelatos. Thank you so much.

  20. I love this post, the video, and the card! I have couple of these items and I’m always trying to learn new ways to use them. I love watercolors only wish I were better at it. Thanks for sharing!

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