First I tried doing some washes on card with stripes of paint in bold acrylics. I painted the front of a blank greetings card and an A5 piece of watercolour paper in blue-green. Then I got the idea of adding a pen drawing over the top to create a sea scene. To finish it off I added white paint inside the pen outlines, but thin enough so the background comes through.
I cut a sheet of of thin plastic to the size of the painting to protect it. I also created a brown paper bag to store it in.
I also had to make a birthday card so did a rainbow wash on a blank greetings card and then stuck over 'Happy Birthday' cut from white paper. I think it looks quite effective and fun!
I hope this post has shown you how easy and effective painting can be and it has inspired you to make time to create something yourself! Please leave a comment and let me know what you make.