Sunday, February 17, 2013

Make Your Own Watercolor Art and a FREE download!

I am currently OBSESSED with an artist whose work I saw (where else?) on Pinterest. The artist is Katie Daisy and her watercolor paintings are beautiful. You have probably seen her work somewhere.

I want to buy every single one of her paintings. But alas, that's so impractical. So instead, she has inspired me to learn how to make watercolor paintings of my very own. I'm cheap like that.

I got some watercolor pencils for Christmas (Faber-Castell Creative Studio Getting Started Art Kit: Watercolor Pencil) and decided to give it a go!

Here is a simple way to make some custom artwork for next to nothing!

-masking tape or painters tape
-watercolors & paintbrush
-white crayon or white paint pen
-pencil (optional)

Step 1: Make a sheet of masking/painters tape as big as the paper you're going to use.

Step 2: Draw a template for the shape you want your painting to be. (Note: This template was difficult to cut out and took a few tries. I haven't quite mastered the best way to cut a shape out of a sheet of tape. Maybe put the sticky side on wax paper first so your scissors don't keep getting stuck?)

Step 3: Place your template on the paper you will be painting on. Make sure all edges are pressed down firmly.

Step 4: Paint inside the template with your watercolors. (If you are using the pencils like I did, you will first have to scribble the colors in, then go over them with a wet paint brush. Scribble step is not pictured.)

Step 5: Remove the tape template and allow the paint to dry. Then write on top of the paint with a white paint pen. 

NOTE: If you don't have a paint pen but have a white crayon, you could write what you wanted to write inside the template BEFORE you apply the watercolor. The wax will act as a resist to the paint and will show up after the paint goes on.

Here's the final product again!

This was so quick and simple, I plan on doing it over and over again. Don't you think it would make a cute housewarming gift or nursery art in a frame? If you don't want to make your own, I am sharing mine! Click the picture above or this link to download a free digital version (5x7) that you can print at home!

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