1. Watercolor paper (found at any craft store)
2. Watercolor pencils
3. Image printed out in black and white (this Octopus image is from The Graphics Fairy)
Here’s my secret… TRACE your image with the watercolor pencils!
I taped the image on a window and then taped my watercolor paper over the top with washi tape. I used a watercolor pencil to trace the entire design, filling in all of the detailed elements that I wanted to transfer over. Once I had the basic design copied, I took the paper down and started coloring it with different shades of purple, blue and green. It’s just like the coloring pages I used to love doing as a kid! Here’s what it looked like when I was done:
Now comes the fun part! In order to get the “watercolor” look, you simply use a small flat paintbrush, wet it, and start blending the colors in your picture. When the pencil gets wet, it releases pigment and becomes like watercolor paint! Here is a closer look at how it works:
This is what my octopus looked like before and after blending with a wet brush:
I like to blend the color a little outside of the lines to get a softer watercolor effect. Here is my finished artwork:
The possibilities for this watercolor technique are endless! What would you make for your home?