For many of us, home is a special place — but my mom especially loves her house. It was built by her grandparents in the 1940’s, who ordered the design and all of its components from the Sears Catalog. After my great-grandmother died in 2015, the house became my mother’s. For her, it’s a peaceful haven and a place that represents happy childhood memories. With that in mind, I decided to make her a watercolor house portrait this year for her birthday.
In this mail art, neutral kraft paper comes to life with a garden of watercolor flowers and shimmering bees! The playful and abundant motif provides a fun way to celebrate the changing seasons. Here’s how to make it:
For years, I searched for the perfect gold calligraphy ink. I needed something opaque, rich, and durable, but all the liquid inks I tried were partially transparent (or had mica particles that sunk to the bottom of the jar and stayed there). As it turns out, the ink I was seeking didn’t turn out to be an ink at all! Once I discovered Finetec watercolors, there was no going back. In this article, I’ll teach you how to use metallic watercolors to create stunning gold calligraphy.
In today’s tutorial, we’ll work some magic to make watercolor flowers that shimmer and dance in the light! Put on a good podcast or some music, get out your watercolors, and get ready to relax.
Before you use a new set of watercolor paints, you should always make a watercolor color chart. Oftentimes, paints look totally different in the pan than they do on paper, so a color chart gives you an accurate idea of what to expect! It also helps you to choose a color by providing a nice “cheat sheet”. Today, I’ll show you how to make a simple, portable, and pretty watercolor color chart.