VLS Woodlands ATC

f8d35382-322e-4b4e-bb53-fd67ccbd1722This week I decided to make a grungy themed ATC. Lots of stuff was used to make the background. Definitely a mixed media piece for sure. I had recorded about 40 minutes of video to go with this post but ran into editing issues. I ended making a short one minute video featuring the highlights of the process I used to make the atc. Check it out on my YouTube channel here

The Woodlands props from Vera Lane Studio have so many lil pieces that can be mixed and match with several of VLS digistamps. You can check them out here. The combinations are endless!

I started with a scrap piece of watercolor paper and scraped Ranger opaque matte texture paste through a stencil. Next up I used the Prima Watercolor Tropical palette. After the watercolors I used Inka Gold in orange and green. I glued (used matte gel medium) scraps, from my recent batik rag quilt, to the background. I felt that the background was a bit bright so I added some gesso to the fabric pieces. After the gesso dried I used distress inks (vintage photo, forest moss and ground espresso) on the atc. The background is finished! All that was left was to add the birds, stump and mushrooms. I colored them with Tim Holtz distress ink pens then cut, glued and traced around each one with a black watercolor pen.  A waterbrush was used to activate the pen and give the card a grungy feel. To finish the card I added white gel pen highlights. Wink of Stella in clear and a quote from Tim Holtz Small Talk.

Would love to hear what you think. Hope you enjoy!


How to Paint Transparent Balloons

     Today I want to share how I make the balloons I paint look transparent. I used the Vera Lane Studio digistamp set Cheers. You can get it here.  I print the digistamps with a Canon printer on Canson watercolor paper that I trim down to 8 ½ x 11 inches.

The supplies I used are:

  • Tim Holtz distress inks
  • Pentel waterbrush
  • Sakura Gelli Roll pen
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • heat gun (because I’m impatient 😜)

You can watch the time lapse video of my process here on my YouTube channel.

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Hope you enjoy!






I thought it was about time I started a blog. I mean everyone has one…don’t they?  First a lil about me. I have always been crafty. My favorite medium at the moment is watercolor (hence my blog name) 😜 I tend to paint things to look grungy, aged or distressed. …