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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Paint Watercolour Masterpieces with these 7 Project Ideas

Watercolour paints are lots of fun to work with since you can get as messy and experimental as you want and still craft beautiful works of art. Not to mention, it’s very therapeutic to watch the colours blend and merge together, perfect for a spot of mindfulness. If you’re new to using the medium or simply interested in painting something different, have a look at our seven suggestions below and see what appeals to you. Just make sure you use a watercolour-friendly paper or card, to prevent your works of art from warping!

Paint Watercolour Masterpieces with these 7 Project Ideas

1. Delicate Florals

When one watercolour paint is applied close to another, they will bleed into each other, which is perfect for creating interesting visual effects like colour gradients and ombré shifts. Flowers look especially good painted with gradients – use a darker colour at the base of petals, then shift into lighter hues at the edges. Pick up a guide like Watercolour Flowers by Julie King (436125) for even more gorgeous flower painting techniques.
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2. Pet Portraits

Scumbling is a really handy technique to master. While it’s perfect for painting skies, it’ll fast become your go-to technique for creating realistic fur textures on your pet portraits. Check out Kathryn Coyle’s Labrador project tutorial here. When you scumble, you’re dabbing or scribbling paint on top of a base colour, while allowing some of that original layer to show through. Scumbling is usually done with dry paint, but when you use this technique with a watercolour medium, you’ll need to add a little water.

3. Magical Fairies

Combine washes of paint with floating pops of colour using a spatter technique to create dreamy ethereal artwork. The spatter technique is truly satisfying and it’s totally random, so you'll get a different look every time. Simply add a wash of paint to the brush, then hold your paintbrush between your thumb and middle fingers. Use your index finger to pull back on the bristles and let them snap forward and spray the paper. Pick up a pack of paints with plenty of colours – such as our Koh-I-Noor 24 Watercolour Paints (544672) – for some spatters in all the colours of the rainbow.
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4. Masked Messages

Masking fluid, such as Tonic Studios’ Nuvo Masking Fluid (469211), is a great defence against running paints, and you can use it to achieve some impressive art pieces. Simply apply the fluid to the paper, write your message, leave it to dry, then paint a colourful background over it. Once you’ve finished, you can peel the masking fluid off to reveal your words.
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5. Soothing Seascapes

Blended watercolours give scenery a dreamy, serene look, which is perfect for art that focuses on the sea and sky. You won’t need much of a sketch or plan either, other than a simple line separating the two, making it a great choice for people who aren’t confident about their drawing skills. Have a look at Cassie Brown’s seaside painting tutorial here to get an idea about how to mix colours for a soothing scene.

6. Familiar Buildings

Charming towns and single houses look great in watercolour paints, as you can add depth and texture to the walls and surfaces. Plus, you don’t even need to be a dab hand at drawing – you can paint over a photo. Simply take a picture, use editing software to make the image faint, print out and paint. Alternatively, if you don’t want the original image showing at all, you can trace over it on a separate piece of paper, then paint on that. Either way, the end result is sure to be stunning.
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7. Window Scenes

With a clever application of masking tape, you can create interesting art pieces that show the view outside a window, but leave the window and surrounding wall blank – this will draw attention to the scene outside. Pick up a tape like Affixit’s Low Tack Masking Tape (345425), mask a window shape (including the panes), and have a go at painting the world outside one of your windows. Don’t worry if the colours run or detail is lost, it’ll add to the tranquil look.
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