I absolutely love watercolor. It’s so romantic and versatile. Plus, painting with it is a total breeze, especially if you’re making abstract swatches of color. Here are some tips for working with watercolor, and suggestions on how to incorporate this painting style into your wedding.
First of all, there are two different types of watercolor paint. I used a basic set of dried watercolor cakes, but you can also purchase liquid watercolor paints.
To work with the paint, get a big cup of water and put a few drops of water on each block of paint to wet it. When you’re ready to go, add some more water to the paint and brush it onto your page. I just used generic paintbrushes that I had laying around. For paper you’ll want something very thick because of the wet nature of this paint. Depending on how much water you use, your colors will be more vibrant or more diluted. Try a little painting practice on scrap paper to get the hang of it.
Invitations are a great spot to start using a watercolor motif. You can paint the whole page, add splashes of color to the sides, or create a border design around the edges. To make a fairly structured border, cut a piece of scrap paper that covers the inside of your paper where you want your text to go. Paint over-top of the paper, making sure to hold the top sheet in place. When you remove your top layer, you’ll have a border that you can leave as-is or smudge the edges a little bit.
I also like the idea of adding just one swish of color on an item. I think this works great for menus. You can just apply a stripe of color along the top. It’s a perfect spot to print the word “menu” or you and your fiancé’s names.
Another cool option is to use the negative space with a watercolor painting. A perfect way to do this is with table numbers. First do a light pencil drawing of the shape you want to be left unpainted. Then apply rubber cement all inside your shape and wait for it to dry. The paint wont stick to the dried rubber cement and you’ll be left with the paper color underneath.
Just paint on the page like normal and then blot off any extra wet paint remaining. When it’s dry, you rub off the rubber cement reside. You are left with a cool effect and a beautiful table number.
It’s important to consider how you’ll be printing on your paper. If you have an inkjet printer, you’ll want to make sure you paint first before printing your design, otherwise your text will smudge with the water. I printed after my designs were dry, but the thin paper had buckled a little bit and the printer kept jamming. Make sure you flatten your paper designs before running them through an inkjet printer, or consider cutting down into smaller shapes after you do your printing.
My favorite aspect of this is that you can use whatever colors you prefer to match your wedding. Beyond using watercolor in these designs, you could also use this theme in place cards, programs, and any other item you can splash with color.
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