Misted Watercolor

by Dina Kowal

Use a water mister with watercolors for an atmospheric effect.


  • Watercolor paper (Fabriano Studio 140# hot press paper used here)
  • Outline stamp (Impression Obsession L20926 Evening Primrose used here)
  • Waterproof ink (Versafine Clair Nocturne used here)
  • Water mister
  • Watercolor medium (QoR tube watercolors used here)
  • Watercolor brushes (#6 and #12 round used here, Da Vinci Nova brand)
  • White acrylic paint (Apple Barrel brand used here)
  • Small ball stylus
  • Colored pencil (Caran d’Ache Pablo Bistre pencil used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (MISTI stamp positioner, Spellbinders white card base, Fabriano Black Black cardstock scrap, Impression Obsession C13977 One Moment, Versafine ink, Stampendous detail white embossing powder)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp an outline image onto watercolor paper using waterproof ink.

  2. Step 2

    Tape down the watercolor panel or mist the back to counter the bend that will happen when the front is misted.

  3. Step 3

    Mist the front of the panel within the outline of the image, allowing some water to spray outside the outline.

  4. Step 4

    Using a larger brush (#12 round used here) loosely paint the image with watercolor paints or dye reinkers, allowing the misted water to pull the paint out into the sprayed pattern. This step is very imprecise! Just get the color on there. Mist lightly again to encourage movement if the paint is not flowing as you’d like.

  5. Allow the panel to dry completely before continuing.

  6. Step 5

    Switch to a small brush to add details and shading. For floral images, add shading to the flower centers and blend out with water. Dot in additional paint while these areas are still damp.

    In general, shaded portions are areas that are hidden behind something, areas that are lower, and areas that are farther away or curving away.

  7. Step 6

    Allow the panel to dry, and add in more shading as needed. Repeat this step as many times as necessary.

  8. Step 7 (Optional)

    You can use a dark colored pencil to deepen and sharpen shadowed areas.

  9. Highlights can be added with white acrylic paint. Here a small ball stylus was used to add dots of paint to the flower centers.

  10. Step 8

    Use the finished panel to complete a card or other project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Misted Watercolor. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is wonderful, Dina and something I think I could manage as I'm very water color challenged! LOL Looks like fun yet a bit challenging but I think would be a fun learning process!! Your cards are beautiful!! TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 4:21 AM
Hi Dina,Thanks for your wonderful tutorial! The video is so helpful and your cards are very pretty. I’m going to try this today!
bzzzeee  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 6:25 AM
Beautiful. Looking forward to trying it
cardsbymommom  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 6:29 AM
This will be my "today" project for practice. Just recently started falling in love with watercolors and so every day I try to find something I can learn and practice. Thank you for your tutorial and the simplicity of this method.
pollynana  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 6:35 AM
Love this technique
JeanneLeeS  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 9:18 AM
So beautiful! Anxious to try this technique!
gg nurse  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 11:12 AM
Love this technique and the final results! This I can do. Many thanks for sharing your impressive talents and video.
momhom  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 11:27 AM
The flowers are gorgeous!
Carolyn Steele  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 12:56 PM
I’m not seeing the link to the shading as mentioned in the video. The artwork is beautiful.
Idahocozycrafter  |  Wed Apr 7, 2021 at 3:40 PM
Lovely Dina.. I need a little help.. I want to receive these tutorials in my inbox... how do I set that up.. I used to get them but not anymore.
ellieknol  |  Thu Apr 8, 2021 at 1:47 PM
Love the look, thanks!
Conniecrafter  |  Thu Apr 8, 2021 at 7:53 PM
Totally awesome. Was a great video. Certainly going to give it a try.
Woolieworm  |  Mon Apr 12, 2021 at 10:01 AM
I LOVE how clear and concise your directions are, making me think I MIGHT be able to duplicate that gorgeous card. The products you used are not familiar brands, suggesting you have REALLY tried the gamut and settled on The Best. UT! Oh! There goes my supply allowance. I've always thought shopping is my fave part of this hobby!
Bahb  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 1:36 PM

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