Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend–I certainly did! It was one of those great holiday weekends where I did absolutely nothing except relax, AKA PERFECT. Anyway, since I had basically nothing to do this weekend, I decided to get some painting in! One of my longtime passions is watercolor. I’m not an expert, nor am I particularly skilled at it, but I’ve loved the medium ever since I first tried it in high school. It seems that a lot of people love the watercolor look, but it’s not the easiest medium to paint with for beginners. A couple months ago I created some really cute watercolor pictures with–wait for it–my Silhouette! It was so easy that I had to share it with all of you today. With this tutorial, anyone can create beautiful watercolor art in minutes! Here’s a video of the whole process, but I’ll also go through the steps below:
What I Used to Create my Watercolor Art*:
- Watercolor brushes
- Watercolor paints
- Watercolor paper
- Silhouette Cameo
- Contact Paper
- A palette
- Watercolor Pencils
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I’ve taken a few watercolor classes over the years and they all required tube paints, so that’s what I use. That being said, if you have a great watercolor pan set, feel free to use that instead! There are a few differences between pan and tube paints, but it basically all boils down to personal preference.
Once I had my supplies ready, I went in search of the design I wanted for my artwork. I settled on a geometric seahorse for my first piece. After cutting it out of the contact paper with my Silhouette, I applied it to my paper.
I made sure to rub and press down on it firmly, making sure that the contact paper was fully adhered to the paper. If there are any spots where the contact paper has lifted, it can cause the watercolor pigment to bleed, which you don’t want! For this I used clear contact paper, because that’s what I had on hand, but any kind will do.
The next step is to take a wet paintbrush and brush over the paper & contact paper until the paper is lightly wet. I did this because I plan on painting a “wet-on-wet” wash with color next. It is called watercolor after all!
A wet-on-wet wash simply means that you’re using wet paint to cover a wet surface: pretty self-explanatory! The beauty of a wet-on-wet wash is that it’s unpredictable! The pigment flows on the wet paper where it wants to, and though you can guide it, you can’t completely control it!
Now comes the fun part: color! I wanted the colors to be aquatic, so I decided I wanted to use blue and green, although after this first graduated wash of blue, I almost left it! It was too pretty 🙂 In the end though I couldn’t resist adding the green, too.
After allowing it to completely dry, simply peel up the contact paper with some tweezers and admire your beautiful work of art! Maybe it’s just me, but this part is oh-so-satisfying!
I also did two other pieces, from the same cut of contact paper stencil:
Since it’s clear, it’s a little hard to see, but the shiny part is the contact paper. From that one cut, I got two different looks:
It just depends on what look you’re going for! Some of the colors were a little bit too light and faded for my taste, and were a bit difficult to see. To fix that, I grabbed a watercolor pencil that mostly closely matched my color and lightly outlined the faded areas. If you do this, you have the option of leaving it drawn like that, or the option of lightly going over the pencil with a wet brush to soften the harsh line.
That’s all there is to it! Anyone, regardless of their painting skill can create some beautiful works of art! Here are the pieces I created in the video at the beginning of the post. As you can see, I used the flamingo stencil twice as with the B!
I hope I’ve shown you how easy watercoloring with your Silhouette can be and that I’ve inspired you to create your own masterpieces!
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