Using Watercolors on Neenah Granna Grossa

Using Watercolors on Neenah Granna Grossa

watercolor birds on neenah granna grossa

Our new Neenah Granna Grossa paper will make a great addition to your paper stash, especially if you like to watercolor. Though it might sound intimidating, it's actually pretty easy to add some pretty watercolor to any stamped image.

faux watercoloring with brush pens
I used my Arteza Real Brush pens (water based markers) to quickly color these sweet birds.  I wanted them to have a "watercolor" look, but I'm not the greatest colorer.  This Granna Grossa paper makes it easy! 
watercolor images on neenah granna grossa
I stamped my birds in Versamark Onyx Black ink (safe for watercolors).  I used an Aqua Painter to wet the area of the bird that I wanted to color.  I like the Aqua Painter (it helps me control the amount of water I apply)  but you can use a plain old paint brush with clean water.  Next take your marker and add color just along the edge of the stamped image (over the damp area).  Again, take your Aqua Painter and pull the ink towards the center of the image.  This spreads the ink and gives a watercolor look. 
handmade card featuring watercolored birds
I fussy cut the birds and popped them up on a vellum shape.  Did you know you can stamp on vellum with Staz-on Ink? 
handmade card featuring neenah granna agrossa
And the gorgeous blue background is our Neenah Stardream paper (in Vista) run through a die cutting machine with a coverplate die.  It pierces the paper without warping!
design team member kate deignan


  • barbara

    Love the bird stamp but it’s really your coloring that makes it sing out loud!

  • Wendy W

    Thank you for the tips!

  • JoAnn B.

    So pretty. Love your water coloring of the bird image. It looks great on the vellum and blue background. TFS

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