Why spend hours shopping for a piece of watercolor art that appeals to your unique style? Make it yourself with the canvas you want and the colors you love! Find out how to get started on this DIY project below.
As you walk through your living room, the sunlight glints off a mesmerizing collection of artwork and photo frames hanging proudly on your wall. The arrangement looks natural and cohesive, each one revealing the most delightful shapes and colors of your life.
Best of all, it looks like you hired a professional designer to put it all together - no one knows you did it all yourself!
Congratulations if you've already figured out how to hang a picture. Now, your next challenge is to accentuate your collection with something unique and thrilling: a DIY watercolor painting.
This has to be one of the easiest pieces of art you can make - and you really don't need any artistic ability to achieve dazzling results!
What You Will Need:
- Blank canvas of your choice
- Watercolor paints
- A broad-tipped paintbrush
- Gold Leaf
- Gold Leaf adhesive or regular glue
Sweeping Strokes of Watercolor
First, decide on what colors you want to use. Take a glance at a color wheel to see what colors complement each other or take cues from a favorite photograph.
I was inspired by a sunset so those are the colors that I wanted to try to replicate. Starting with the darkest color first (a rich, dark blue), I gently swept it across the canvas. I then put some water on the canvas and blended it down so the darker shades remained only on top.
I repeated this process with red and yellow, blending them with water so that they formed other colors as well.
Leave an empty space at the bottom of the canvas (the shape of your canvas does not have to match mine!).
Let Dry, then Add Another Layer
This is a closeup of the paint while still wet. Once it had dried, I went back and built up the color in some parts. I also added a few streaks of white to give it some more depth.
Finish with Gold Leaf Embellishment
As a finishing touch, I applied some gold leaf to the bottom (still white) part of the canvas.
To start, dip a clean paint brush into the gold leaf adhesive or regular glue and brush a thin layer across the white section of your canvas.
Peel the gold leaf back from its protective sheet and press gently onto the canvas with your fingers.
And that's it! Let it dry, hang it up and admire your new artistic abilities! Who knew you could create a masterpiece in less than 30 minutes!?
And if you want to continue your streak of artistry, try your hand at making a watercolor clock - it's pretty and practical!