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Watercolor Cling Wrap Technique by April Williams

When I saw this technique I just couldn't wait to try it! As you can see, once I started I couldn't stop.  I made three cards with these backgrounds! Each background ends up with it's own unique pattern.


  1. heavy weight watercolor paper 140lb.
  2. watercolor paint -- I used tubes of watercolor paint
  3. water spritzer
  4. cling wrap
  5. paint brush
  6. water in a dish to clean brush

First tear off some cling wrap, crinkle it up long ways and keep nearby. Spritz your watercolor paper with water and swipe several different colors of paint over the paper with your brush. I am a sloppy painter, so don't worry about how you are putting on the paint. You do want the paint to run and blend some, so have the paper pretty wet.

When the paper is painted, spritz it again with water to let the colors run more.

Now quickly put the cling wrap over the wet paper. I used my fingers to smoosh the cling wrap around. I then patted it down on the paper. Let the cling wrap stay on the paper until dry.

Peel off cling wrap when dry and you have a great textured background!

Here is another I did in earth tones.

I hope you have as much fun with this technique as I did. Experiment to see what you come up with! On my last card above, I stamped the Stained Glass Tree on one of the backgrounds, cut it out and adhered it to a background that didn't turn out very well. This technique seems to work better when the colors are very diluted.

Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies:

  1. Chickadees
  2. Bird of Paradise
  3. Stained Glass Tree
  4. Just for You

´╗┐Here are more samples. Just click on the thumbnail to see the complete directions:



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