Sip sip hooray! (more gouache!)

I’m still at it with the gouache! I’ve been a little obsessed with it for months, actually. Check out this post for a brief intro to gouache and a set of cactus cards.

Today I’ve got a card I made for a friend who’s going to be retiring in August. So happy for her! Here’s the card:

Sip Sip Hooray! by Lisa Spangler


It all started out because I wanted to use this stamp set from Studio Calico — it’s the only one that I have with a retirement sentiment. It has a ton of other cute sentiments too! I can’t believe it hasn’t sold out.


I especially like the “sip sip hooray” and the “you can do it — coffee” :)

Now here’s a look at my inspiration for coloring the mug:

Source: Pillar Mug from Settle Ceramics at Leif
Source: Pillar Mug from Settle Ceramics at Leif


Aren’t those colors just amazing? I sure wish I could have purchased this mug but it’s sold out — darn! I guess painting it will have to do. I’ve had it on my wishlist for so long. Guess the saying is true, if ya snooze ya lose!

I started off by stamping the mug on kraft paper with soft granite ink. Then I went to town. Love how gouache is opaque so it can go right over the kraft paper.

Now how about three ways for using gouache!

#1 Add Water + Dry Brush

For the white part of the mug, I wanted to duplicate the brush strokes in the inspiration photo, so I watered down some white gouache and then I brushed it on with a dry brush.

Gouache Mug by Lisa Spangler

So cool, right?

#2 Stamping on Gouache

The second way I used gouache was to stamp on it! It works great — just as if you stamped over ink or watercolor. Here you can see where I stamped the coffee inside the mug as well as the steam coming up over the top.

Gouache Mug by Lisa Spangler

I adhered the mug to the card from using foam tape to give it more dimension.

#3 Mixing with Watercolor

The third way I used gouache was to mix it with watercolor. Yes, you can mix gouache with watercolor to make new colors. YEAH!

Gouache Mug by Lisa Spangler

Here I mixed the yellow gouache from this set with brown watercolor to form that middle stripe. I just used an inexpensive watercolor set from Michaels since it happened to be on my desk.

I also added a little pink watercolor to my peach gouache (the official name is “flesh tint” but I think peach sounds better ha ha) to form a darker pink. I painted this one on really smooth to get even coverage. Love that matte finish.

Of course you can also mix different shades of gouache together, too!

And there ya have it! I kept the card pretty simple to keep the focus on the gouache. Sip sip hooray!


Here are the main supplies that I used. These are affiliate links, so I’ll receive a small commission if you make your purchase by clicking the link. There’s no extra fee to you! :)

SC = Studio Calico and AZ = Amazon.

8 Replies to “Sip sip hooray! (more gouache!)”

  1. Loved the coffee cup and your card too :)

  2. Love it Lisa – the colour washes are great, and what a good idea to use a strip of wash to ground the cup :-)

  3. Lisa, I adore this!

  4. Oh wow!! this is simply amazing!! I LOVE how you did this. I so want to try this technique out but I am banned from buying anything at the moment. On my wish list this goes.

  5. barbara lassiter says:

    Such a cute card. Hey, and I learned something, too. That’s always a good day! :) I only have white gouache, but now know I can mix watercolor in to create other colors. Thank you! It’s one of those—-why didn’t I think of that?—-Duh!

  6. Virginia L. says:

    Wow, love your MUG!! It has such cool colors and shades on kraft card stock! I love that you are on a kick with gouache! More for us to admire and see! Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa!

  7. Love your card, what a pity that mug had sold out! Jo x

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