Tip Tuesday: Ocean Themed Artist Trading Cards

Hello guys!

Today, we’ll be doing some ocean/sea themed ATC’s. Unsure what an ATC is? Check out this page. The finished product will be similar to this:

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I did this on a 8.5 by 11 sheet of watercolor paper with the Dr. P.H. Martin’s Bombay Inks. Don’t you love the bright colors?

You will need: 3 blank ATC’s on watercolor paper, watercolor, PVA glue or a glue stick, scissors, small brush, water, collage paper (or tissue paper), markers

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I’m using the Dr. P.H. Martin’s Bombay Inks in Teal, Green, Violet, Blue, and Brown. You can use any cheap watercolor or india/bombay ink!

First let’s begin by wetting the ATC with water. Be generous!

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Dip your brush in watercolor then drip gently on the wet ATC (it should be a little drippy). The ink/watercolor will spread beautifully.

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Let it dry a little. Wet the ATC again and dip you brush again.

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Do the same for the other 2 ATC’s. Have fun creating patterns with the water and spreading the ink.

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This technique creates very cool watery flowy theme.

Let the cards dry to touch. Take your collage/tissue paper out. I’m using these Jane Davenport Collage Papers.

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Cut out little pieces of collage paper/tissue paper and glue it down in spots.

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After the glue is dry and not sticky, letter a saying or short phrase on the cards.

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I used a Tombow Fude (brush marker) to letter the phrase.

What do you think? Did you try it out? Are you an coast person? Or do you like the mountains better?

xoxo,

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