I’ll take any excuse I can to use my watercolors. The medium lends itself to such pretty patterns and effects that even the simplest of designs can look beautiful. Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to do another quick-and-easy watercolor tutorial that you can use to make a handmade Valentine.
Things You’ll Need
- Watercolor paint set
- No. 2 round brush
- No. 0 fine-tipped brush
- Watercolor paper or heavy card stock
- Drawing gum or white wax crayon
- 2 water basins, one with soapy water
- Rubber eraser
- Scissors (optional)
- Glue (optional)
Select the desired size watercolor paper or card stock, and fold it in half to form a blank card. With a pencil, lightly draw a simple heart shape on the front of the card. Include whatever message you would like in the center of the heart.
Trace the letters with drawing gum and allow to dry completely (about 20 to 30 minutes). Alternatively, you could use a white wax crayon in place of the drawing gum, as shown in this tutorial.
Note: Drawing gum is used by watercolorists to mask off small or large areas to be colored over. When you rub away or peel off the dried gum, your design shows up as the paper color. Because it tends to dry fairly quickly on the brush, I recommend that you dip your paintbrush in soapy water immediately before and after using the gum. If the gum is not removed from the paintbrush, the bristles will clump together and harden, and the brush will be ruined.
Dip your round brush in water and brush it over the entire heart.
Dip your brush in watercolor paint, dab it at the very bottom tip of the heart and pull it up toward the center in an upward motion. Lift the paper and gently tilt it away from you, allowing the paint to spread slowly toward the center of the heart.
Lay the paper flat. Rinse the brush and gently guide some of the color already on the paper around the heart, filling in the white space.
Repeat the same process and paint as many hearts in various sizes and colors as you desire.
When the paint is completely dry, use the tip of your finger (or a rubber eraser) to rub the gum off the paper. Erase any other pencil marks.
Note: It is very important that the paint be completely dry prior to rubbing off the drawing gum. Otherwise, you risk not only smudging your work but also ripping the paper.
Drawing gum is useful in resist technique.
Optional: Wet a scrap piece of watercolor paper with a spray bottle or a wet paintbrush. While the paper is still wet, add some paint. Tilt the paper forward and backward to spread the paint. Allow to dry.
Lightly draw hearts onto the painted paper and rip or cut out with scissors.
Glue the hearts onto a blank card…
…or insert hearts inside the card for a fun surprise.
There you have it — a very sweet message of love.
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