Tuesday, April 30, 2013


This is my water color technique!
 Step one: Sketch your subject in pencil.  This was an "April Showers" themed ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap. Then I work on the background using watercolor washes.
I have a pre-cut ATC on hand to make sure I have everything centered and the right size (2.5 x 3.5 inch) for ATC's.
 Step two: I use permanent black ink (micron pens) to "ink" in the subjects. One umbrella, one tree and flowers. SO April! Then I color my subjects in with watercolors.
 Step three: I realize this umbrella is boring....
 Step four: I cut out rain drops from an old dictionary for the umbrella. Then leaves (circles) for the tree.
Just can't say "tree balls", sounds funny!
Step five: I used Pearlescents to add some shine on the "trees circles". More Pearlescents to the purple flowers. This adds some POP! Okay, not so boring.
 Step six: I use an ATC template to trace my 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch trading cards. That way I can center my subject just the way I want it.  Then I cut them out.  You can mount them on sturdier paper such as card stock or in the old days we used cereal boxes.  Unless you use a heavy weight watercolor paper.
Three finished ATC's! 

These are my two favorite Artist Trading Card swap sites.

For more information about an Artist Trading Cards click here: ARTIST TRADING CARDS


Sinderella Studio Designs said...

thanks for sharing!

Lecy'ns said...


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soulbrush said...

Great way to do these little cards. I cut them first then draw.

denthe said...

Love them! thanks for explaining the process! Very clever to only cut them to size afterwards!

Cat Beringer said...

cute ATCs! love how you used the dictionary.

Kim said...

Oh how fun, Love this! HPPF!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Liked seeing the step by step and doing them on a sheet like that is genius... why have i not thought to do that... have a great week...xx

Susan said...

Really appreciate your process and how you cut your cards after the fact...genius! Your cards are delightful.

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Wonderful trading cards with fabulous design and colour:) Thanks for sharing

La Abela said...

Works lovely, clean and cheerful. Saludos

Rhonda H said...

Lovely painting on your ATCs!