The best way of adding your personality to your home is making your own art. Out of sheer stubbornness, I've done just that all over my home. If there's a space on my walls, I will make something for it, mostly because I'm cheap. I'm not going to just hang a poster up I found at Ikea. There's thousands of people out there with the exact same one and that's just not special. Make a piece of art that means something to you!
For this watercolor piece, I took a lyric from a song. This is the song we skipped down the aisle to after we had taken our vows. It sums up my relationship with Brian and it makes me happy every time I hear it.
Find a phrase that's near and dear to your heart and make this gorgeous and colorful watercolor piece.
- 18 x 24 watercolor paper (be sure it specifically says it can handle watercolors)
- stick on alphabet letters
- watercolor pencils (or just watercolors)
- small dish of water
- x-acto knife (not pictured)
Begin by drawing a line right down the middle of your paper, vertically. This will guide where your letters will go.
Figure out what words you want on each line. Draw however many lines you need horizontally and space them equally. Keep in mind, you might want to leave extra space on the bottom and top for framing purposes.
Begin placing your stickers down. Use your middle vertical line as a guide and start placing your letters from the center. That way you can space letters equally on both sides. Make sure all the edges are securely placed down to prevent the color from bleeding later.
Once all your letters are put down, erase all of your pencil guidelines. Do this before the coloring because the water will lock the graphite into place.
Using your pencils, color in large patches directly over your letters. Be sure to get all the spaces and gaps in between.
Blend all the colors into each other so there's not a discerning break of color in between the patches.
Now you are ready to add water!
Wet your brush and begin swirling the color right over your letter. Feather out the edges with your wet brush do there's not a lot of lines. Don't worry about it looking perfect, it's supposed to be organic!
Let your paper dry completely. Using an x-acto, start peeling the stickers off. If there's any tearing, just carefully clean up the edge with the blade. Don't worry if there's minor color bleeding, it's character!
All set! Hang it or frame it any way you like. This would make a great gift for your loved ones or a new home buyer.
Here's the first one I did for my office down below and I adore it! It adds such great color and quirk
I really hope you guys try out this tutorial. It's such a simple and colorful way to add something meaningful to your home. Happy painting!