I used Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and traced the butterfly in the upper right corner with a pencil. I wet the wings with clean water and then picked up blue paint from my Koi Water Color Field Box Set and painted in the wings. I ended up closing the bridges of the stencil with color. As the first layer dried, I added a second darker blue layer. The body and antennae were painted with black watercolor and if color bled, it didn't matter.
At this point, it was time to add the loose outline and drippage! I started with the tan color but then decided I wanted to pull the blues down. I painted darker blue along the wing's edge and then added more water to the brush to fluidly and loosely pull down the color. I added the tan color next and again, painted darker near the wings and used water to pull it down down nice and loose.
An A Muse Studio Happy Thoughts sentiment set was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black as well as A Muse sequins and twinkles were added for interest.
You really have to play with this technique and stick with it until it's done! There is no way to pre-judge this process and you just have to let loose yourself! I had a few moments of doubt myself. Now that I've painted one card, I can't wait to keep going with this technique! Maybe I'll even try a larger piece to frame!
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