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DIY: Watercolor Painting

Lizzie Randazzo

by Erin Lawless

School has just begun and if you are like me, you are in the process of decorating your new room, apartment or house. Here is a simple and fun painting technique to help make your new house a home! Have fun and get creative making your own personalized wall art!

 
  Supplies:   -      Watercolor paper   - Large paint brush   - India Ink (2 colors)   - Water

Supplies:
 Watercolor paper
- Large paint brush
- India Ink (2 colors)
- Water

 

You will start off by choosing the color you want to be your base color. As you can see, I chose white. You will then add several drops of ink into your water glass. Test the color on a spare piece of paper. When the ink water is tinted to your liking you are ready to go!

First, paint a thick stripe across the top of your paper. You will want to make sure there is plenty of water on the paper; this will help the ink to blend together.

 
 

Next, take your ink dropper and randomly drip ink along the painted water stripe. Make sure you only drop the ink inside the stripe. Do this step with both ink colors. Note: If the ink isn’t blending well, you can add water to your brush and drip water along the stripe or gently move the ink with your brush.

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Repeat the stripe and drip method down the paper. The great thing about this technique is that the ink will not blend outside of the water stripe but will create a clean line along the edge. This allows for a fun visual effect in the painting!

Have fun experimenting with different colors and different blending methods as you paint! Allow the painting to fully dry and then hang your masterpiece anywhere in your home.