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5 Simply Beautiful Watercolour Projects

The watercolour effect is everywhere at the moment, including in these easy yet effective craft ideas

5 Simply Beautiful Watercolour Projects

1 Easy greetings

If you're not quite ready to try your hand at pointed pen calligraphy, practise whipping up print and script styles with brush lettering. To prep, cut watercolour paper – use card for a sturdier make, such as the Plain White Watercolour Card from Rare Earth – to the size of a card, invitation or note, then soak your watercolours in warm water. Next, paint on your greeting! Simply wet a small round or liner brush, like the Creativ Gold Line Brush Set in sizes 8, 12 and 18 and twist it in your desired pigment. To create that distinctive line-weight variation, add pressure any time you stroke downward, and release pressure when you stroke upward. For an ombre look, try adding spots of another colour while the paints are still wet.

2 Resist art

Watercolour resist projects are super fun, and great for teaching kids how to paint accurately. Ask your child to trace the outline of a design onto a piece of paper with a light pencil (leaves work great!). Next, it's over to you to lay down glue along the pencil outline with a hot glue gun, such as this one from Crafter's Companion – this will act as a barrier from the paint. Once the glue has cooled, your child can fill in their design with liquid watercolours, or food colouring mixed with water. Using a couple of colours will create a stunning work of art – try the set of 10 Liquid Watercolours by Creativ.

3 DIY mug

Watercolour patterns are so on trend right now, and you don't have to use paint to get the effect. Why not experiment with old nail varnishes? To make a pretty mug, fill a bowl with warm water and add in a drop of nail varnish. Swirl the colour around slightly with a skewer, then dip the mug into the water, removing any excess with nail varnish remover. Carefully pat the mug dry, repeat with any additional colours and then let your design sit for at least two hours. Remember to handwash for durability, or try coating with a non toxic finishing spray.

4 Gradient tags

Watercolours can look the most effective when used simply, making them the perfect medium for creating quick and pretty gift tags. Simply cut out tag shapes with a craft punch – such as the 3 Tag Punch Collection from Hunkydory – using thick watercolour paper. With your watercolours, paint a solid line three quarters of the way down the tag, then blend the paint upwards to cover the top. The less water you use, the stronger the colour will be, so continue adding water to create a gradient effect (using a paint set in a tin, for example the Creativ Colourtime Paints, can make it easier to mix the pigment with water). Print sentiments onto the tags with mini alphabet stamps to finish.

5 Colourful fabrics

Now that the warmer weather is here, it's time to brighten up your clothes and homewares with an on-trend watercolour effect. You can either mix fabric paint, such as this primary colours selection, with water, or mix a fabric medium with water and watercolour paints. When creating your makes, experiment with ombre techniques, using various colours and soaking your fabric with water before blending on your paint. When you're happy with your design, let the fabric air dry and press with an iron, or heat set it in the tumble dryer. It's best to take a look at the instructions for your particular paint medium.