How to Create a Flowing Watercolor Mixed Media Canvas Without Watercolors

Posted by Jennifer Snyder

Are you interested in trying a watercolor technique without investing in a set of watercolors? Try this easy technique technique on canvas that will give you the look and feel of watercolors just by using water reactive inks.

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Are you interested in trying a watercolor technique without investing in a set of watercolors? Sometimes it's fun to try new techniques as long as the investment is minimal just because you are unsure you'll like it. Jennifer Snyder has an easy way to try a technique on canvas that will give you the look and feel of watercolors just by using water reactive inks. You may even have some of these items in your stash already!

She also adds some other fun mixed media elements into this soft and flowing canvas.

At Blitsy, we never leave you hanging without showing you how! There is a quick video showing all her techniques.

Products Used

Canvas Board 5x7 (Quantity 3)

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Peacock Feathers

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Peeled Paint

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Faded Jeans

Ranger Heat-It Heat Tool

Ranger Blending Tool

Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat

Cheesecloth

Want2Scrap Pearls

Extra Heavy Gesso - White

Glass Beads

Soft Matte Gel ( Clear)

Flowers

Petaloo Flowers -Botanical Collection Lavender/Purple

Petaloo Flowers -Teal

Petaloo Flowers - Blooms Ivory

Leaf Die

Floral Berries

Paint Brush

Ribbon

Beacons 3in1 glue

Here is a short video showing this fun technique

The sentiment I used on this canvas says, "When the words says give up, Hope whispers, try it one more time"

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Here are some close ups of the canvas:

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Need Ideas?

This mixed media watercolor canvas is easy enough to whip up and customize to fit any decor style and color scheme. There are so many ways to customize this. Here are some suggestions.

-Mom, Dad, Grandparent Gift - Melt someone's heart...have each child write their name on a slip of paper (or help them with this). Add the names to the canvas.

- Baby Gift - create a canvas in soft pastels and print off the baby's name and birthday as the sentiment. Every parent loves seeing their precious baby's name on something. Great for unusual names and unusual spellings of names.

- Wedding/Shower Gift- choose the bride and groom's theme color and add the wedding date and names as the sentiment

-House Warming Gift - Pick a color theme and add beautiful sentiment

- Teacher Appreciation - say "no" to mugs and candy this school year and make a sensational handmade canvas instead. Put teachers name or favorite saying on it.

- Seasonal - make a flowing canvas for every season and gussy up the house with the changing holidays and seasons.

Happy Crafting!