Five Ways To Use Handmade Astrological Watercolour Set

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Hey Crafty People, it’s Tasha! I’m back with my monthly ‘Five Ways’ tutorial and this month I’m using the beautiful Handmade Astrological Watercolour Set!

This is a collection of six colour shifting vegan handmade watercolours made by our very own Jeni. They are available in pans or as a Dot Card.

Five Ways To Use Handmade Astrological Watercolour


First, I gotta say…how AMAZING do these paints look on black cardstock?!
For comparison, I made two striped backgrounds, one on Distress Watercolour cardstock and the other on Raven Cardstock from Brutus Monroe.

Technique 1: Freehand Backgrounds


This technique is super easy and you can customise it however you want to! I chose to paint some stripes, but maybe you want to do dots, zig-zags, solid rectangles….the sky is the limit!!!


Technique 2: Paint Die Cuts

This second technique involves die cutting shapes/words etc out of dark cardstock and then adding paint over the top to get a gorgeous metallic shine!!!
In my example, I painted die cut words to form a sentiment and I used the same cardstock without adding the paint as my shadow layer! (Look how much of a difference the paint makes to this navy cardstock!)



Technique 3: Painting Heat Embossed Images

Heat embossing an image makes it super easy to paint because those embossed lines create little walls which hold all of the paint into the area you want it. It makes it so quick & easy when you don’t have to worry about one area bleeding into another.



Technique 4: Splatters


I love to add splatter onto loads of my card designs, and whilst I would usually add a single colour to accent a painted design for example, I decided to go full on EXTRA here!
I splattered an entire a2 panel with all of the Astrological paints for a glitzy, colourful & bright explosion of colour!!!



Technique 5: Ombre Wash

I love creating ombre washes with two paints/inks and that goes for these metallic and colour shifting ones too!
The two blues work beautifully next to each other and make the perfect background for a simple design.

(Bonus Tip! I wanted to mat the panel onto an a2 panel that was the same colour as my purple stamped sentiment; Catherine Pooler inks make this so easy! I just swiped the same ink pad along the edges of a panel of Neenah 80lb to give me a completely matching piece!)


hank you for spending this time with me, and I’d love it if you could drop a comment telling us which card is your favourite?

I’ll be back soon with another episode of ‘5 Ways With…’ and you can catch me on Instagram sharing inspiration most days.

Stay Crafty!!!



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