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5 SUPER EASY Watercolor Backgrounds for Cards + NEW Water Media from Waffle Flower

Happy Friday, all! Today I have a fun video for you with 5 super simple and easy watercolor backgrounds! I also tried out the new Water Media Mat from Waffle Flower (available for preorder at Waffle Flower and Simon), and did all my watercolor painting with a single flat watercolor brush and some liquid watercolors from Dr. Ph. Martin’s (all colors are from the A Set of Radiant Concentrated Water Colors).

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

I used five colors of watercolor for my simple backgrounds: Alpine Rose, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Grass Green, and Turquoise Blue. These five colors would be a great start to any liquid watercolors collection. I love how bright and cheerful the colors are!

The new Water Media Mat worked out great for my painting today (especially with my DIY plastic tray over the wells), and there are SO many more things to be done with the mat! Be sure to check out Waffle Flower’s playlist of videos at YouTube for more ideas on how you can use the Water Media Mat (including techniques like mirror stamping).

Video Hop & Giveaway!

Today’s post and video are part of a video hop. Check out the other videos in the hop HERE.

I also have a $25 gift card to the Waffle Flower shop that I’m giving away. Thank you, Waffle Flower, for providing the gift card! Just leave a comment on this post by April 15, 2019, for your chance to win. There will also be 3 overall winners drawn from all the stops on the hop. Winners will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Thanks for stopping by!


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

*Waffle Flower Water Media Mat
[ WFF | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Craft Shears
[ SSS ]
Canson XL Watercolor Pad, 9×12
Hardboard, 9×12
[ SSS ]
3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
*Royal & Langnickel Zen Watercolor…
[ SSS ]
1/4″ Narrow Masking Tape
Precision Heat Embossing Gun
[ SSS ]
Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply Sheri Kempke April 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Awesome backgrounds, great video and great demonstration of use of this mat! I apologize if I’ve commented more than once, between all the hops out there, I’m a bit confused of where I commented and didn’t!

  • Reply Marliese Arnold April 13, 2019 at 10:12 am

    This backgrounds are awesome. So I have to say a great ‘Thanks’ for the inspiration. I’m a follower of your YouTube channel for a long time.

  • Reply Peggy M April 13, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Lovely backgrounds! Thank you for sharing & for the tips on using the media mat.

  • Reply PHYLLIS April 13, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    As always, I love your art! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Mary G April 13, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Love the tip with the paint wells! Glad I watched your video first! Your watercolor backgrounds are wonderful and fun. Can’t wait to try the one with the skinny tape.

  • Reply Megan April 13, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Very vibrant colourful backgrounds. The water media mat looks very handy.

  • Reply Marisela Delgado April 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Such beautiful colors. You make everything looks so easy that you inspire me to try new things. Thanks.

  • Reply Rose Curtis April 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Love those colors… now I want some! I haven’t tried liquid watercolors only half pans… But those colors are bright and gorgeous… And so are your backgrounds

  • Reply Vickey Ezell April 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Love all your backgrounds. Love the mat and your idea for the plastic in the wells.

  • Reply Steph April 14, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Fantastic backgrounds! Will have to give then a go :)

  • Reply Teresa Doyle April 14, 2019 at 3:52 am

    What beautiful backgrounds. I must play around more with my watercolours. I love them all. Well done!

  • Reply Debbie P April 14, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Great backgrounds, thank you for the great tips on the new mat.

  • Reply Ana Spinosa April 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    You’re so so so talented and kind!
    Thanks for sharing your magic with us, I absolutely love you!
    Greetings from Argentina!

  • Reply creatingincolors April 14, 2019 at 8:30 am

    What beautiful backgrounds! I love those bright colors. Thanks for the tips on using the water media mat….. it is so useful am so glad I got one!

  • Reply Barb H April 14, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Inspiration is the first word that comes to mind when I think of you Kristina! I’ve been wanting to dive into watercolor in my card making for awhile now and you have definitely inspired me to give it a try!

  • Reply Tammy April 14, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I ❤️ Your tutorials on YouTube! I ❤️ to try the techniques that you demonstrate! Thanks for the chance to win a gift card!

  • Reply Linda Valenza April 14, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you for such interesting and informative video’s! I am learning so much from you each time I check your latest one out.
    Thank you also for inspiring me to create! (and thank you for the list showing exactly which supplies you used and where I can get them.)

  • Reply Patt H. April 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Wow, those colors are so vivid & beautiful! Love all the cards & those gorgeous inks!

  • Reply Kelly G April 14, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Love the vivid colors and graphic designs! I look forward to finding out more about the water media mat.

  • Reply SmilynStef April 14, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Those colors are divine … the more I see the mat, the more I *need* the mat

  • Reply Jeanne Beam April 14, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Great video and love the backgrounds.
    Thanks for sharing…

  • Reply Sandi Pressley April 15, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Great tutorial….I love these colors. That water media mat is a great idea.

  • Reply Cheryl Rowles April 15, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Love these watercolor backgrounds. Not too hard so I will definitely give them a try! Thanks.

  • Reply Alicia Lopez April 15, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Loved the colors! Thank you for the tutorial!

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