Ever admire those watercolored cards – and you think to yourself, I wonder how that do that? OR you think, I can’t do that. — Well, YOU CAN! And, actually – after this litte tutorial, you’ll try it out and be pleasantly surprised with your results!
First, you’ll need some watercolors – not the pencils. We mean to use the good ol’ fashioned watercolor palettes! You’re kids probably have a set you can borrow – or you can just grab some the next time you’re at the craft store. You can see (the above photo), mine were $4.99 at Michaels. I also have the tubes of watercolor medium left over from art school – but, those are kinda intimidating if you haven’t watercolored before. So, let’s stick with the palette – of course, you can get *really* nice palettes from Dick Blicks or an art store – but, I don’t think you really need that quite yet. So, save that extra money and buy yourself another stamp set 🙂
Ok – so I’m assuming that you’ve not watercolored ever – or in a really long time – and that you’ve never taken a class… if you have, just scroll on through all this 🙂
First thing is first – trust me, you can watercolor. Maybe not that cityscape or the sunflower in the sun – not yet at least….. BUT, you can watercolor this card that I made! AND, it’s a great way to start! I think a lot of people get intimidated by watercoloring (or any art medium really) because the expect to sit down in the first moment and create a Van Gogh. — then proceed to give it up when the results aren’t ‘Starry Night’. lol (you totally know what I mean, right! – I’m soooo this person!) But, the first thing I learned in school was that if we start small – and get amazing results, we’re encouraged to learn more and get better! So, take this card as your first small watercolor step.
Play around with the colors and the water – just start mixing and painting — create a ‘background’ by sticking with ONE family of colors. (you don’t want to end up with brown on your first attempt – and trust me, watercolor goes brown FAST)
Take a little punch you love and make a pattern – you can do the whole sheet, or just a section like I did. I also watercolored around the punched pieces so they’d stick out a bit more.
You can play with splattering with your brush for another fun effect. Just fill up your brush with water – swirl it in the color – put your brush over your paper and ‘flick’ it. You can get lots of different splatter effects by doing big flicks rather than small … or how filled your brush is with water. Etc.
I hope that you’re inspired