3 Festive slimline watercolour Diwali cards

I have three watercolour Diwali cards for you today to celebrate the festive season! The ongoing challenge over at Craftangles this month is ‘Festive projects’

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You can find all the Challenge details here


I am particularly proud of these cards, as I tried out a new technique (its new for me at least!) and created a bokeh effect on all the three diwali cards.

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The technique is pretty straightforward and I have demonstrated it in the video below.
I watercoloured the background using ‘Red Paprika’ and ‘Moroccon Spice’ liquid watercolours from Craftangles. I did three layers of colour, drying the paper in between each layer. I then used a brush loaded with water to draw circles (large and small) on the background. I kept dabbing it with a rag as I went along. This lifted the colour off the background, leaving a soft bokeh effect. I then added some circles with ‘shooting star’ liquid water colour to create the shine.

Stamps used :Diwali Lanterns

Enjoy the video.

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For the second card, I decided to create a scene. So I started by painting a foreground and then the sky. As I did in the previous card, I painted three layers for the blue sky, drying it in between each layer.
I then used a wet brush to draw circles and lift the paint to create a soft bokeh effect.
I stamped and coloured the diyas and stamped a sentiment in the foreground.

Supplies used:
Poolside, Ocean Breeze Liquid watercolours
Celebrating Diwali and Happy Diwali mini stamps

You can see my process here

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For the third card, I tried something fun!
I watercoloured the background..three layers, drying them in between.
I sprayed some water onto the fireworks stamp from the Diwali diyas stmap set, and stamped it on the watercoloured background. I then dabbed it with a rag to lift the colour. I then made circles with a wet brush and lifted off some more colour, to create a soft background. I then stamped the little fire crackers and the sentiment and coloured them in. Once done, I felt it was too dark. So I used a white gel pen to outline the sentiment and the crackers. I added some silver spots to add some shine.

Supplies used: Happy Diwali Mini stamp, Celebrating Diwali mini stamp, and Happy Diwali Stamp
Blackberry and Lemon Tart liquid watercolours

You can see the entire process here.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and videos. Do let me know if you have any questions.

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Paru Mahtani

Based out of Mumbai, India, she is a stay at home mom, a passionate card maker and a photography enthusiast who regularly showcases her work at Kala Ghoda Art Festival in Mumbai

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