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DIY Watercolor Art (The Easy Way)

Hi guys! It’s Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase and I’m excited to be back today, sharing a simple watercolor project that literally ANYONE can do! I love the look of watercolor art, but I have always been too intimidated to try it myself. Using this technique, I was able to create a pretty cool piece of art without needing much artistic ability at all!

easy watercolor technique

Instead of paints, I used watercolor pencils. Have you guys ever tried them out? I had so much fun playing around with them! Here are the materials I used for my watercolor octopus art:

watercolor materials

1. Watercolor paper (found at any craft store)
2. Watercolor pencils (I got this set of 24 pencils by Artist’s Loft for about $8)
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:

pencil shading

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:

watercolor pencil blending

This is what my octopus looked like before and after blending with a wet brush:

before and after watercolor pencil technique

I like to blend the color a little outside of the lines to get a softer watercolor effect. Here is my finished artwork:

watercolor octopus art

The possibilities for this watercolor technique are endless! What would you make for your home?

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Thanks Holly! What an amazing idea! I love it, and can’t wait to try out those pencils myself. I think the possibilities really are endless with a project like this one! Holly always has great ideas. I’m so glad she’s on my contributor team. Here are some other projects of hers that I think are perfect for summer.

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This Summer Organization Wall is so perfect for hanging towels and swimsuits to dry. I love the beachy feel she got from using shape tape.

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And this Summer Reading Bingo Card is perfect if you’re having a hard time getting your kids to pick up their books!

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And if you’re tired of toys laying all over your yard from summer fun, try making this Easy Stenciled Crate for Outdoor Toys.

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Comments

  1. I have been avoiding buying more craft supplies…but now I’m pretty sure I need to go get those watercolor pencils. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  2. Ok, this project is just AWESOME! This would be a PERFECT way for me to create some wall art for my new place! And do I even have to say how beautiful the summer organization idea is?? Perfection!!
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  3. I love watercolors so I can’t wait to try something!
    Marie
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  4. I absolutely LOVE this! I can’t wait to try it out!
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  5. I have to get my hands on some of those watercolor pencils!
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  6. Never knew such a thing existed but you can bet those pencils are on my wish list now!
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