Tutorial - Tie Dyed Background

At the request of many, I am happy to share my (very simple) technique for creating a tie dyed look to a watercolor panel.  I shared a card using this funky background in one of my latest blog posts for the Kindred Stamps November release.  I think this background would be fun for some many different card themes!

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So.. let's get started!!  

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Tape down a piece of watercolor paper to your craft mat.  Saturate your paper with water.  You will want to work relatively quickly to achieve the best results.  I dabbed off some Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers onto a small acrylic block.  Using my water brush, I added the ink in a spiral pattern as shown.  The ink begins to feather on its own since the paper is wet.

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I repeated the swirl next with Mustard Seed Distress Ink.  You can use whatever colors you wish here, just consider similar color families to avoid creating brown.

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I completed my swirl with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I did not wait for the paper to dry on its own; I used my heat gun to dry it and "push" some of the ink around a bit too, encouraging the ink to blend more.  After drying a bit, I wanted some more feathering of the ink colors between the color layers, so I simply added them lightly with a touch of ink and a very wet brush until I had the look I wanted.  I then let the panel continue to dry on its own.

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And, guys, that is all it took!  I LOVE the effect and knew if it worked out the way I hoped, I would have to share my fun success!!  Please let me know if you found this helpful, and if you have replicated the process yourself!  

Until next time.. xo

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2 comments

  • I am going to try this today!! So fun!!

    Taasha B
  • Whoa! That is incredible! I need to maybe try this technique with the Time Traveler set and create a time vortex of sorts!

    Audra

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