• Donna Salazar

DIY Watercolor with Pigment Powders

Hello my lovely peeps!!! I am so excited about today's tutorial!!! I think that this is one of my MOST favorite new techniques in a very long time. I experimented with different ratios and I think the best is equal parts Pigment Powder/Gum Arabic/Water.

In the photo below I have 1/8 teaspoon of each color of Pigment Powder. The color combinations are: (from left to right top row) Gold & Silver, Gold & Blue, Gold & Pink

(from left to right bottom row) Gold & Brown, Silver & Blue, Blue & Wine

Since the two Pigment Powders combined equal 1/4 teaspoon, I've added 1/4 teaspoon of Gum Arabic to each cup in the paint palette.

It is easier to blend the powders while dry so mix them well before adding water. I learned this the hard way.

You want the water to be in equal amounts to the individual powders so following my recipe, add 1/4 teaspoon of water.

Mix the ingredients well. Writing the recipe for the colors that you mix will be especially helpful if you plan on making a lot of colors and don't want to duplicate any. It also will help you to recreate any colors that you love and want to refill later.

In the photo below I used 1/8 teaspoon of Pigment Powder 3 times so there is more Pigment Powder to Gum Arabic Ratio in this Palette. The color combinations are:

(from left to right top row) Pink/Gold/Pink, Silver/Brown/Blue, Gold/Blue/Gold

(from left to right bottom row) Pink/Gold/Silver, Pink/Wine/Gold, Pink/Wine/Blue

I mixed in 1/4 teaspoon Gum Arabic.

I mixed in 1/4 teaspoon water

I marked the paint palette with the paint recipe.

I did the same again with more color combinations. I used 1/8 teaspoon of Pigment Powder for each color listed. The color combinations are:

(from left to right top row) Silver/Brown/Silver, Silver/Wine/Silver, Gold/Silver/Gold

(from left to right bottom row) Gold/Brown/Gold, Pink/Blue/Pink, Blue/Wine/Blue

I mixed in 1/4 teaspoon Gum Arabic.

I mixed in 1/4 teaspoon of water.

This is what all the paint palettes looked like when I was done, then I let them sit for 48 hours.

And this is what all the paint palettes looked like when the paint dried. To reactivate the paint, just use a wet paint brush and Voila! You have your own custom watercolor paints!!!

The image that I paint in the video was created with my Floral Bouquet stamp and die set from Spellbinders®.

I stamped the image with my Mix'd Media Inx in Jasmine. The Mix'd Media Inx are pigment based so they work well with embossing powders.

I then used the same Pigment Powders that I mixed with Gum Arabic to make the watercolors but I mixed it 1 part Pigment Powder with 2 parts clear embossing powder. I sprinkled it over the wet Inx.

I returned the excess to the container then heat set the image. You can see where the heat gun is setting the powder in the photo below... it is where the powder has become shiny. This slightly raised edge will make is super easy to watercolor because the color will pool inside the raised outline.

After the image has cooled I removed the excess powder by lightly wiping with a cotton cloth.

Below is a video of me using my new watercolor paints. You can click on the video to go to YouTube where you can view the video full screen.

Below is the painted image before I die cut it.

The die that comes with the stamp in the Flower Bouquet set outlines the stamped image perfectly. My Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape is perfect for holding the die in place.

... and this is what the image looks like after it is die cut.

Below are a few more of the stamped and watercolored images that I created using some of the other watercolors.

Paid Affiliate Links To Product Used:

Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®

Pigment Powders

Blue, Brown, Gold, Pink, Silver, Wine


Flower Bouquet Stamp & Die set


Mix'd Media Inx - Jasmine

Clear Embossing Powder

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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