Category Archives: watercolor

Watercolor Cards with Colorations Sprays

Hello and welcome to another tutorial using Art Anthology products! In today’s tutorial, I show you how to use the Colorations Sprays as liquid watercolors to create beautiful cards!

We begin by making fabulous backgrounds and then add rubber stamped images. We color the images before finishing off with some splatters.

Art Anthology products used:
Colorations Spray 
Waimea Bay
Siesta Key

Other products

  • watercolor paper – 4″x6″
  • spray bottle of water
  • rubber stamps and waterproof ink pad
  • watercolor pencils
  • gesso or white paint
  • gel pans — black & white
  • Nuvo glitter pen
  • gluestick
  • cardstock
  • brushes

Follow along in the video below:

I do hope I have inspired you to make your own masterpiece. For more ideas visit us on Pinterest and also join our Facebook group, Art Anthology Adventures in Art!

Thank you for stopping by!


Suzette Hussey


Home Mixed Media Layout for Beginners

Hi everyone. Nicole here with another fun mixed media layout I created using a variety of Colorations Sprays. I just recently became an auntie and I am so excited! Edward is too. We just love baby Henry to pieces!

Before I started spraying and blending the Colorations Sprays onto the patterned paper, I gave it a good coat of clear gesso.

Once the gesso was completely dry, I sprayed the background using the Sky, Salmon, Indigo and Timeless Colorations Sprays. After I finished embellishing the layout, I went back with a paint brush and added some more color all over the background until I was satisfied with the color.

I fussy cut the flowers out from patterned paper and used the flowers to frame the photos.

I added a few chipboard embellishments at the top to help pull the layout together. The top looked too plain to me without the added embellishments.

A closer look at the Colorations Sprays on the paper… SOOOOO PRETTY!!

Colorations Sprays: Sky, Salmon, Indigo and Timeless

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Mixed media layout on canvas

Hi friends!

Lisa today on the blog to share with you my newest mixed media layout on canvas, playing with my favorite AA stencil and paints!

To start I brushed a coat of white gesso on the canvas and I made stencils with Stone effect Bone.

I used the stone effect also on some paper diecuts.

I made stamps with archival black ink and then I diluted the Tuxedo Velvet with water and I used a brush to color my background.

I made splatters with Gold Metal Effect and a fan brush

I sprayed Siesta Coloration on my leaves, and I brushed Gold Metal Effect on the others

So I pasted all the embellishments with my photo on the canvas, and as final touch I made big splatters with Cotton Velvet.

Here some close ups:

I used these AA products:

Lotus Stencil 6×9

Bone Stone Effects

Siesta Key Colorations Spray

Cotton Velvet

Tuxedo Velvet

Gold Metal Effects

I hope you enjoyed my mixed media reverse canvas with Art Anthology products!  For more ideas visit us on Pinterest and also join our Facebook group, Art Anthology Adventures in Art!

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“Smile” Stenciled Watercolor Scrapbook Layout


Hey everyone!  Suzanne here today to share with you a layout that I’ve created using one of my favorite Art Anthology Stencils and Colorations Sprays!  I love the versatility of these sprays, and and am not ashamed to say that I make a way for them to appear in each of my projects!

I’m a huge fan of keeping layouts simple, but also being able to add visual interest at the same time.  That’s not really hard to achieve with the cool stencils and paints that Art Anthology has to offer!

This layout began with white cardstock that’s been primed with gesso and left to dry; I primed the page because I wanted to work the spray with a paintbrush and a little water instead of letting it immediately absorb into the paper.

Using Colorations Spray in “Salmon,” I first apply color with a paintbrush and water-lifting the paper occasionally and letting it run in certain areas.  I dried the spray with a heat tool and repeated the process until I was happy with coverage.

After the spray has dried completely, I applied texture to the background using the Morse Code Stencil and modeling paste.

This gives the color a little pop and definitely adds dimension to the background!

While the paste dried, I used paint from our Rust Texture Set in “Amber” to coat a chipboard flower.  All that’s left to do is to assemble the remainder of the layout!

Here are some close-ups of the finished layout!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Colorations Sprays: “Salmon”
“Morse Code” Stencil
Rust Texture Set “Amber” 

Other Supplies:
Cardstock, patterned papers, embellishments
Gesso, modeling paste

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope that I have inspired you to get into your crafty space and get some ink on your hands!  If you need more inspiration, make sure you are following us on Pinterest and don’t forget to join our Facebook group Art Anthology Adventures in Art!


Stay Strong Art Journal Layout by Jenn DuBell

Hello everyone! Jenn here today sharing with you a layout in my art journal using Art Anthology sprays and mediums!

I find art journaling to be one of the most relaxing art forms. Whenever I feel like my “creative mojo” is lost, I just sit down with some paper scraps, sprays, mediums, stamps and stencils along with an art journal and let my mind do the work! This page came from one of these times.

I love the different effects that you can achieve using Art Anthology products. I have used many in this layout.

AA Velvets – Fiji, Cotton, Boysenberry, Dayglow Yellow
AA Shines – Grape, Azalea, Canary
AA Colorations – Patience, Juicy, Siesta Key
AA Stencils – Bits of Grunge, Blocked, Dot matrix
Additional items used:
White and clear Gesso
Clear embossing powder
Black Archival Ink
printed napkins

After coating my pages with clear gesso, I added spritzes of Colorations sprays in Patience. I added spritzes of water and allowed it to run a bit as well as using a brush to pick up excess and swipe along edges.

Next, I used my fingers and a brush to smear some AA Velvet in Dayglow Yellow mixed with a small amount of water.

Next I mixed AA velvets in Fiji and Cotton with a bit of white gesso to achieve the aqua color seen. I used the Cotton through a script stencil and the mixed color with the AA Dot Matrix stencil. I used the reverse side of the stencil to use the excess paint by rubbing onto areas of my pages.

Next I added some random stamping and more stenciling. Using a soft gel medium, I applied a torn bit of a napkin (Jane Davenport) for the faces.

Finally I added lots of AA colors to my stamping along with more stenciling for my final result! I added a bit more hair by blending AA mediums in yellows and oranges. They blend very well against the napkin edge!

Thanks so much for visiting and viewing my post today. I hope that you are inspired to get crafty and creative! All products used here and many others are available online at the link below!

Art Anthology online Store

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Art Anthology Adventures in Art



Watercolor Scrapbook Layout using Colorations Sprays

Sometimes, less really is more!  Hey everyone, Suzanne here today to share with you a layout that uses that very concept!  I created the background of this super simple and easy layout with Colorations Sprays used as watercolors!   This background is so simple to recreate, if you blink you’ll miss just how easy it is to make!

I started this layout with. a piece of white die-cut cardstock waste that was left over from another project.

To ensure that when the Colorations sprays are applied and not absorbed into the paper, I prime the paper with a layer of gesso.

Once the gesso is completely dried, I grab a couple of Colorations Sprays and a paintbrush.

I sprayed each spray into a paint palette with a little water to extend the color and to help with achieving the watercolor effect I was after.

I applied the color by wetting the paintbrush with water first-then with the lightest of the two Coloration sprays; you can see that the area I missed applying gesso is a little darker because the ink absorbed immediately which makes it no longer workable.  I continue to apply the colors from lightest to darkest-drying between layers-until I’m satisfied with the application.

From the finished page, you can see how the mists take on a light, watercolor effect!  I dry the page, back it onto another piece of white cardstock, and finish the final assembly of the layout!

I love how the sprays add just enough color to the backdrop of the page!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Colorations Sprays: “Siesta Key, Sky” 

Other Supplies: 
white cardstock
paintbrush and pallete
patterned papers and embellishments

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope that I have inspired you to get into your crafty space and get some ink on your hands!  If you need more inspiration, make sure you are following us on Pinterest and don’t forget to join our Facebook group Art Anthology Adventures in Art!




Mixed media layout with Colorations Sprays by Lisa

Hi friends!

Lisa here today to share with you my last DT project for this month. This time I made a mixed media layout with some photos of my family that I particularly love… do you like to make layouts? I like it very much!

I started my layout with applying a coat of clear gesso to seal the patterned paper. I then used my finger to rub a little bit of white gesso. I made some stamps with Archival black ink and then I used modelling paste with Art Anthology Messy Bubbles stencil to create some texture

I used Colorations Sprays (Siesta Key, Barbie and Plush) to make my watercolor background. To cover the dreamcatcher chipboard I brushed Stone Effect color Bone, I love its texture!

I added my black and white photos with chipboards, embellishments and flowers

As final touch I made some splatters with Cotton Velvet with a bit of water

You can follow my step by step tutorial here

Supplies used:

Colorations Barbie, Plush and Siesta Key

Stone Effects Bone

Stencil Messy Bubbles

Cotton Velvet 

I hope you enjoyed my mixed media layout with Art Anthology products!  For more ideas visit us on Pinterest and also join our Facebook group, Art Anthology Adventures in Art!

Thanks for stopping by



Fall Mini Art Canvas with Brandy

Hi there fans! This month’s moodboard was so inspiring, I made another project!

Deliciously colored leaves created with a few Coloration Sprays and my Radiance Minx Shimmering Ink adorn my project!

Here are the Art Anthology products used…
You can find these and many more in our online store!!

Mud Texture Paste
Diamond Grunge Stencil 6×9
Retro Stencil
Radiance Minx
Patina Texture Set
Clover Colorations Color Spray
Sedona Colorations Color Spray

Here is process video!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I’ve sparked some inspiration for you today!!

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A Glimpse of Heaven Altered Canvas w/ Brandy

Happy September! Brandy here to share this month first project!
I decided to go with a canvas. I chose a few pretty flowers to inspire myself.

For that warm peachy color, I watered down some of my Rust/Terracotta Velvet and used it to watercolor. I love it!!

Then I alternated spray of my Warm and Timeless Coloration sprays and kind of blended it together.

Lots of art stones, flowers, and a couple coordinating butterflies finished it perfectly!!

Here is a list of the Art Anthology products used in today’s project:
Rust/Terracotta Velvet
Timeless Colorations Spray
Warm Colorations Spray

I hope this inspires you to play with your Art Anthology products
or go shopping at our online store! 

Here is a process/tutorial video to start you out!!

Stop by our Facebook Group Page Adventures in Art for more inspiration
and to share your Art Anthology projects with us!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Create Your Own Paradise/Journal Page by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with a fun journal page using many Art Anthology products. This page incorporated texture using AA’s Poppy and Dottie stencil as well as some embossed paper. Below is a YOUTUBE video so you can watch my creative process. I love creating in my art journal, it allows me to experiment with techniques and products as well as it’s emotionally and mentally therapeutic. This journal page has added textures by using Art Anthology’s stencil in Poppy and Dottie as well as embossed cardstock. There is a video below for your pleasure, to view my creative process. A combination of Colorations sprays assisted with achieving a watercolor effect for the background and flowers. And AA’s Shine, Sorbet and Velvet paints also assisted with some textures and colors. Hope you enjoyed this post and give journaling a try. Express your thoughts and emotion through art, it’s liberating ! xoxo Toni

Products used are:

Colorations-Siesta Key    Barbie    Patience

Sorbet-Glass Parakeet   Leaf



Stencils-Dottie   Poppy

Mud Texture Paste