Grungy Watercoloring

Hi there!

I have a confession: I love watching people make art. I could get lost in the YouTube “rabbit hole” all night long if I let myself. Between that and Pinterest, I swear I could lose weeks of time and wonder where it all went.

Where am I going with this? Well, a few weeks ago I watched a video on the Altenew channel (Altenew – Inspiring Paper Crafting Project Ideas) where Erum Tasneem (IG: @glitternswirls) created a “grungy watercolor card”. You can watch the video here.

The technique Erum used looked so fun that I decided I had to try it. It is another one of those techniques that is so, so, so far outside my comfort zone – but if you haven’t realized it yet, I love to experiment with my art sometimes just to see what happens. 🙂

In this case, I couldn’t go quite as “grungy” as Erum did – but I did try out the technique and got some pretty great results. Coloring (or, in this case, watercoloring) outside the lines was a mile too far for me, but I did try.

If you watch the video, Erum is great about encouraging you to use the technique and make it yours – either “grungy” or “clean and simple”. I made the orange one a little “cleaner” and the blue one a little “grungier” just to see which I would like better. What do you think? Which is your favorite?

Do you get inspired by watching others make art? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative day!



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designer & content creator

I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!


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