Watercolour Blooms – Colouring Techniques on Watercolour Paper

Hello people!!

A happy Friday to you all.

This is Anila over the blog.  I am back again with another post inspiring you to play along with our current Blog Challenge – Anything goes with Watercolour embellishments.  Check out all the details of the challenge here. With the weekend around, I am sure you will find time to make something for it.

Before proceeding, I just want to remind you all to check the newly launched IB website,  if you haven’t already. There is an ongoing sale for the next few days with some amazing deals on the products and believe me, the products are getting out of stock super fast. Don’t miss out on your favourite products and fill up your stash.

Over to my projects now…!

Today for my projects, I am using the ‘Watercolour Paper Blooms’ pack. This pack comes with a whole lot of pre-cut flowers of varying sizes in watercolour paper. There are 4 different sizes in the pack.

Here, I am focusing on the watercolouring of these blooms using various mediums.

1) Smooshing with Distress  Inks:

Put some distress inks on a piece of acetate, spray generously with water and dip the flower into it.


  • For even and uniform mixing add more water. More the water, better the inks react/mix with each other. 
  • Repeat the steps for more intense colours.
  • Let it sit for some time for proper mixing.

2) Colouring with Distress oxides:

Using sponge dauber cover the flower with various coloured inks (as desired). You can even use a single colour.  Spray a generous amount of water and let the water work its magic.

Tip: Always let it dry completely to check the final effect.

3) Colouring with Colour splash sprays:

One can directly spray the flowers with the colour sprays. Since the flowers are smaller in size to get colour shades, I put the colour drops on it and sprayed with water to let the colours mix on their own.

Tip: You can move around the water on the flower to let the colour mix uniformly. I moved the flower using tweezers for uniform mixing. 

4) Colouring with Zig markers/Watercolours:

Randomly scribble on the flower using various shades. Spray water generously.  (Oops… I missed adding the image of the outcome in the picture here. Please find it in the next picture.)

So, Here’s a combined collage to see the effect of various mediums on the watercolour flowers.

  • The distress inks give a little lighter effect. You can try sponging the flower with inks and spraying with water if you want a more intense look.
  • The distress oxides gave a beautiful chalky effect to the flowers.
  • The colour splash made the flowers intense/dark in colour with a gradual gradation.
  • The watercolour markers gave a bright and vibrant look to the flowers.

I coloured a few more flowers using the watercolour markers. They are my most favourite form of colouring.  I love the vibrancy of these colours.  Also, I have a bigger set with many colour options which makes it easier to try various combinations.

I further used the flowers to make the following projects.

Set of tags –


Mini Notecard –

4″x6″ card

I have used the newly launched Little Birdie Pearl Drops in the centre of the flowers.

That’s all from my end today. Hope to see you all playing along with the challenge this month.

Thank you for looking through.

Happy crafting!!







Supplies used are linked below –



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