While it may technically be fall, I’m still not ready for browns and greys (though I can’t say I’m ever ready for that). Instead, I’m still clinging on to the soft and airy watercolors of summer.
The nice part about all of these projects is that you don’t have to be a skilled artist to incorporate this painting technique into your work. They’re so easy and forgiving that they’re almost impossible to mess up! Grab your brushes and dust off those paints because you’re going to want to give these ten watercolor diys a try:
I was so happy to hear that you guys love this column as much as I do because I have been dying to make these watercolor dishes ever since I came across them on Fall for DIY! And because I already had ceramic paint from this project, it really seemed like a no brainer. Here’s my take on the project:
I ended up using a thinner instead of water like in Fran’s tutorial. I found that my best results were when I used four parts thinner to one part of the colored paint (gave it more of a watercolor type of feel). I also used a dropper instead of a brush, which I would not suggest because it creates air bubbles. You can pop them with our fingers before they dry, but didn’t catch all of them.
If you are making plates for food, please make sure your paint is food safe. I also recommend picking up a few extra plates to experiment on until you get the results you want. You can get the plates I used here.
Overall I thought this project was super easy and a bit addicting to be honest. I can’t wait to try it again using only a brush. I have a feeling I’m going to be whipping up a few more for holiday gifts!
Happy Sunday folks! Before the weekend ends, I thought I’d share a super quick and easy project with you. And though you might be nervous at the idea that you need to be great with watercolors to do this project, you certainly don’t! Trust me, if I can do this one, you’ll knock it out of the park. Here’s how to make these gift tags in no time at all:
Instead of using traditional water colors, I used Gelatos® sticks. There’s virually no clean up after and they’re great if your crafting on the go. There’s also a number of other fun ways you can use them. If you’d love to try these out, there will be in in-store crafting event at Michael’s tomorrow, 9/14 from 6:30-8:30pm, so be sure to check it out!
Start by lightly wetting your paper with clean water. I just rubbed my brush on the Gelatos® stick to pick up color, but you can also cut a bit of color off and mix it with warm water in a bowl or even apply the color directly to the paper. I recommend experimenting with a few different approaches before picking the one you like best.
Once your painting is completely dry, use your punch to make the tags. You could certainly make the tags before painting if you want total control over the way the watercolor looks on the tag. I personally am just into the element of surprise.
So that’s it! Totally easy peasy, right?!
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It’s no secret, I love watercolors. The texture and effect you can get out of them is always beautiful and unique. The following projects allow you to breathe some color and life into your stationery, even if all you have is a beginner’s paintbrush.