Easy Water Color Tutorial

WatercolorIf you go to my Etsy Store you will see some downloadable prints.  I have been printing these things out for years–they make great gifts for Welcomes, Farewells, Volunteer Appreciation, etc…  I use my own inkjet printer, and regular old watercolor paper from the art store to give the prints a fancier look.

Recently I did an order for some folks up in Alaska, though, and I wasn’t happy with the look. The watercolor paper seemed to have less texture or something, and the prints looked…well, they looked too “printed.”  And I wanted them to look a little more artsy, a little more customized, and a little more special.

So here is what I did!  And you can do it too–it is such an easy little trick, and it makes a world of difference.

Now remember, I am using regular watercolor paper here.  I have seen watercolor paper specifically designed for printing, but that’s not what I use.  Also–INKJET printer!  I have not tried this with a laser printer, so I have no idea if that will work the same.

You will need a teeny tiny paintbrush and a little bowl of water.  And keep a paper towel handy.

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So here is the print that I did not quite like.

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Teeniest amount of water possible on the tip of the brush!

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Paint the colors with the water one color at a time, and wipe the brush with the paper towel between colors.  I like to let the colors bleed over into each other a little–I think it gives it a more “authentically painted” look, but if your brush is tiny enough you can really minimize the bleed if you want to.

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Ta Da!  Finished product, and it really looks hand painted!  But it’s so much easier!  

One more example..

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Before and After…. I might have used a little too much water on the swords, but I still think it looks pretty good!  If you use too much water, you can carefully blot the design with a paper towel, but you might lose some of the ink.  The point, though, is for it to NOT look perfect.  The “Before” version looks too perfect, right?

I have tried this on notecards, too, with pretty awesome results, and I plan to do some more experimenting.  You should definitely try this on your own project and let me know how it works!!

2 Comments on Easy Water Color Tutorial

  1. Sandy
    July 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

    This is beautiful! What a fantastic idea!

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  2. R&R
    July 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Sandy! I’d love to see some pictures if you get a chance to try it!

    Reply

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