My advice for taking watercolors to the next (still easy) level, is this- use one or two main colors, and get some masking fluid. I think the first time I saw masking fluid being used was in Wilna's art class over at 2peas. I love that class and if you like Wilna's style (which is like liking kitties or puppies, how can you not, right?), then her art class is a must (she's also a wonderful teacher). Word is there will be part 2 to that class sometime in Autumn, and I have to say at the moment that's the only reason I'm happy the summer will have to end at some point... And back to watercolors. Masking fluid is a fluid that you put on your paper before applying paint (mine states that it is watercolor masking fluid, but I'm pretty sure you can also use acrylics and, of course, mists with it). It dries relatively fast to a rubber-like material. Then you can paint over it, and when you're done, you just rub it off. The areas that were covered with the masking fluid, will remain without paint. Mine comes in a bottle with a tip (so something similar to the Stickles tubes), but you can also get it in a jar and use a paint brush to apply it. I find the one I have really easy to use, no need for brushes.
I used watercolor paper (I found at my local art supplies store a square watercolor paper block, just a little under 12*12, so really perfect for scrapbooking!), and drew some random clouds, some circles and a frame. Then I painted it orange and pink, I did use a couple of shades from each color, but kept it simple with just those two colors.
I matted the watercolor paper on some white cardstock, and here's the finished layout:
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