Watercolour on coloured paper

I came across some interesting paper at Art Noise when I was in Kingston on the weekend. It is called canal paper and is made by Paperterie St. Armand in Montreal. The pad of paper I bought has six different colours, all made from cotton rag; the fibres are left from clothing company offcuts. There is no bleaching or dyeing, the colour of the papers is from the colour of the cotton fabrics.

The paper is not the only new thing I tried out on these cards. I also have some delicious new Sennelier watercolours. I was interested to see how they looked on the coloured paper and also how the paper held up to a watercolour wash.

These cards are one layer making use of the natural deckled edge on one edge of the paper pad. I scored the paper then taped it to my glass mat, lining up the frog tape with the grid on my mat to create a masked panel in the centre of the card front. I used three colours of paint on each card and matching envelopes. I was impressed that no paint seeped under the edge of the tape so I had crisp edges to my watercolour panels.

I stamped the new line art stamps from Penny Black with Ranger archival inks and was very happy with the crisp prints on the paper, I thought there might be a bit of bleed as the paper has quite a soft surface but the stamping was crisp and there was no bleed through with the watercolour washes. For the two cards above I simply stamped the image over the watercoloured section. On the card below I did the same then added some extra painting to the flowers using the same paint colours. The colour of the paper makes the paint colours more muted than they would be on white or cream but I liked the more rustic simple style on these cards. You could definitely use this technique with the traditional white watercolour paper and achieve much brighter results.

My cards measure 5″x 4¼” so I decided to make custom envelopes from the same paper. I used the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 punch board to make an envelope to fit and before I taped it together I masked a section of the front so I could watercolour in the same colours used for the cards.


10 Comments on “Watercolour on coloured paper”

  1. Jo Ann F. says:

    I love your water color cards and especially the matching envelopes. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  2. Carole bossuot says:

    Love the colors and textures of the rag papers you found!
    How does the price compare to cardstock–more? less?

  3. Clelie says:

    Wow!…these are gorgeous! The way the paper takes the colour is exciting…rich and luscious! Your design work is absolutely beautiful! Have you played with the ‘new to me’ Mineral paper?

  4. tish rowe says:

    You certainly know how to brighten up cards , and in same time, our days. This paper is interesting. I bet you enjoyed working on it and to know you can achieve the wash you were going for. I imagine if it didn’t work, you would still find a way to use the piece in some other way. Thanks ever so much for sharing.

  5. Elizabeth Jones says:

    Lovely use of this interesting paper, and oohh, those envelopes! Inspiring!

  6. maureenchandler says:

    Beautiful and unique – thank you so much!

  7. Heidi says:

    I’ve not heard of this type of paper before. Very nice results!

  8. memalagene says:

    WOWZERS These are Beautiful!

  9. Jan Castle says:

    Great look…you always amaze!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  10. Pat says:

    These differently coloured papers make a great backdrop to the PB flower and bird images, and the Sennelier watercolours are gorgeous Heather. Three beautiful cards. x

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