Ready to learn how to make a DIY Watercolor Painting? I’m all about making my own art and this was a quick and easy project. We’ll see how to watercolor paint, how to paint DIY abstract art, how to apply gold leaf to paper and at the end of the day, you’ll have your very own DIY abstract painting….but first, the back story.
I’m still doing some decorating in Kate’s room…but it’s been on a rather sporadic basis. I’ve been trying to squeeze it in between my knitting projects and my uncluttering projects. The truth is, I rarely start and finish a project without several detours along the way…can you relate?
Still on my ‘Kate’s Room To Do’ list was to gather some art for the ubiquitous gallery wall that she requested. We re-purposed many pictures and frames that we already had, but we needed some pops of pink and, as is my wont, I opted to try and make some nice piece of DIY abstract art instead of buy it.
This was a nice, quick project and a needed respite from the paper mache trophy ram’s head that I’ve been working on. Talk about a messy project! With any luck, I’ll be finishing that bad boy up this weekend. The ram’s head SHOULD be the final element for a Bang Up gallery wall. Fingers crossed. Once that’s done, I’ll be back to give you a total roundup of what we did and how we did it.
What You Need To DIY Watercolor Painting with Gold Leaf:
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If you’re at all like me, you may have most of these items already on hand. The only thing I needed to purchase for this project was the tube of pink watercolor.
- Watercolor Pad, like this Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper 9 in. x 12 in. pad of 12 wire bound 2 Pack
- Gold Leaf
- Gold Leaf Adhesive
- Watercolor. For this project, I used Cotman Permanent Rose and Cotman Cadmium Red Pale Hue
- Wide brushes
DIY Watercolor Painting – DIY Abstract Art and How to Apply Gold Leaf :
- When I think about how to watercolor paint, I like to lay on the colors that you want in the watercolor painting.
- By using your brush to ‘draw’ a line in the paint, you create a barrier that the paint really doesn’t want to cross, but will if really forced to. Since we’re talking about an abstract painting, I made my line a little wonky, as opposed to a straight line. You can force the paint to ‘cross the barrier’ by holding the paper up and lightly tapping it on the counter. I like the way this made a few streaks of color to go out on their own.
- Once that is dry, lay down the gold leaf adhesive where you want the gold leaf to be. You don’t need much of the adhesive, a thin coat will do. I am always looking for ways to use gold leaf in paintings…this was a no brainer!
- Wait about 45 minutes before you lay your gold leaf in pieces over your adhesive.
- Take a sheet of gold leaf. If you haven’t worked with gold leaf before, it is some fragile stuff. Don’t panic if it tears, wrinkles or folds. That’s part of the characteristic of it. You’ll notice it really wants to cling right to the adhesive.
- Use a soft brush to gently brush the gold leaf away from the areas with adhesive.
- I went back and added a bit of pink with a wee bit of orange on one side of the gold. I did the same procedure where I held it up and shook it to get some of the paint to move.
This DIY watercolor painting was such a quick and fun little project to add some abstract art and needed color to a gallery wall.
If you are interested in making your own DIY Watercolor Painting or want to see how to paint abstract art, then bookmark this page or pin the following image for your future reference.
This abstract design is available as a phone case, a framed print or canvas or as gift cards at our Society 6 shop – please stop by and see our work – click here to visit!
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