Since my trip to Australia this summer, I have been experimenting with watercolor painting. I am still a work-in-progress, but that’s alright! With every mistake I make, I learn something new. Although I may not be well-skilled, I certainly enjoy it. Its perfectly imperfect impression allows every brush stroke to look beautiful and worthwhile. And so, you can do the same!
Adding a personal touch of art to your home doesn’t have to be complicated nor should it be daunting. It doesn’t require you to have master skills either, though if you do, consider yourself blessed! With a little bit of creativity and imagination, you can create your very own watercolor wall art. I’ll help walk you through the easy steps for this fun project which you can proudly hang in your home. You can do it!
So, let’s get started!
Here is what you need:
- watercolor pan set
- watercolor paper pad or white cardstock
- paint brushes
- cup with warm water
- paper towel sheet
- pencil & eraser
- picture frame (11 ¾” x 15 ¾ “)
- Watercolor Wall Art Template (see below for link to download)
Download free printable Watercolor Wall Art Template PDF here and print:
Watercolor Wall Art Templates – MHK
The watercolor pan set, paper pad and paint brushes can be found at your local craft store such as Michael’s. They carry an affordable set for beginners which works just as well so feel free to explore the materials and choice to your liking and budget. The brush I used in this project is called a “water brush”. It will be costlier than a regular brush (about $7-$10) however if you are considering to continue to watercolor, it is worth the small investing as it is highly convenient to use. Watercolor paper is specially made to absorb watercolor paints without wrinkling so avoid using regular printer paper. You can replace it with thick textured cardstock as well although the watercolor paper is ideal. The picture frame can be purchased from Ikea, any department store or even the dollar store.
Firstly, print out the Watercolor Wall Art Template (link is provided below the list of materials) and select a shape you would like to use in your project. Cut out your selected shape and place the rest aside.
I decided to use the pear shape for this tutorial for a wall art for the kitchen. Using a pencil, lightly trace the shape onto a sheet of watercolor paper. Keep some distance between the shapes. This will allow you to have some room while painting.
Using your brush, dip it into a cup of warm water and moisten your watercolor paints. Using too much water will make the colors very light and diluted, while using too little water will make it difficult to produce clean, longer stokes. Stay within a happy medium! Try to use enough water to be able to saturate the brush. If you aren’t sure, use some scrap paper to test out your brush strokes first. Between colors, wash your brush in the cup of water and dab dry using some paper towel.
Decide on a colour scheme to match the decor in the room you will be placing your wall art. I chose earth tones with reds, oranges and yellows. The strokes don’t have to be perfect and feel free to go outside of the lines! You will be cutting the shapes out in the next step so it doesn’t matter what goes outside.
Once you are happy with the painting, let it dry. If you want to speed up the process, you can use a hairdryer.
Once the paints are fully dried, cut out your shapes using scissors.
Take out a clean sheet of watercolor paper and trim to the size of your frame. If the frame has a mat, trim the paper to 8″ x 10″. Then decide where you would like to place your shapes. Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue into their spots. Let dry.
If you are daring, feel free to use other shapes and outlines, and share with us how it turned out. We’d love to hear about it!