Whenever I want to do no-line watercolouring, I use Antique Linen Distress Ink. You can even go lighter with an even lighter distress ink colour or do a second generation stamping. I did not pre-planned where I want the flowers and leaves to be stamped, I just stamped them and filled up the spaces with the small leaf.
I used a combination of Distress Markers & Inks as I don't have all the colours I wanted to use in marker form. When I used the ink pad, I press the pad directly on my acrylic block to get some colour.
With the marker, I used the colour directly onto the paper to shade the darkest area. I, then, took my wet waterbrush and pull the colour to the rest of the image to create a smooth gradient.
Just wanted to show you the finished background.
I've added a layer of vellum below my layer of sentiment because I wanted the area around my sentiment to be slightly muted. I feel like this way, the sentiment would not get lost in the busy background.
I always find a way to attach vellum by using those adhesive spots by the top layer to drop my glue on the vellum. If you have a bigger vellum piece, you can either, sew it or add some embellishments. You can use the embellishments to hide your adhesive under the vellum.
Materials used :
Distress Inks & Markers