DIY Watercolor Stationary

So, I'm writing letters and notes to my friend Veronica, who, as of recently resides in West Virginia. Yeah, it's not my favorite thing, but some souls are just adrift... in a good way. A quality I can understand, since I have always had a hard time staying in one place. There are just so many places to see and so many new experiences to have. No sense in staying in one place forever. Unless, you love it, in which case, by all means. 

I painted these with acrylic paint. It's pretty simple to make your acrylics work like water colors. The secret? Water, lots and lots of water. There are a few pro's to using acrylics instead of water colors, first the variety of colors. I know, I know you can make lots of colors with water color, but for me the shade is never as consistent as with acrylics. Second reason is, it's easier to control the depth of the color. So you can make it as light or as dark as you want while working with the same color. 

I used plain white printer paper, which kind of curled up at the edges. If this is something that bothers you card stock might be a better option because it's thicker. It also comes in lots of different colors. You can get it on Amazon or you can go to Kinko's, Staples, Office Depot in the printing department and get it by the sheet for about .15 cents a piece. 


Here's what you'll need:


  • Dampen your paper with your paint brush. You can dampen it as you go or do the whole thing depending on the effect you're going for. As soon as the paint hits the water, it'll start to spread. So, keep that in mind. 
  • For the thick lines, I mixed half water and paint on my tile and spread it straight onto damp paper.
  • Those lines come out like these thick waves. 
  • For a really streaky effect I put a dot of paint onto wet paper and wet my paint brush and spread it around. 
  • That effect comes out like this. 
  • For very pale lines, I took a wet paint brush with a dot of paint and painted it onto wet paper. I used this to fill in the white without adding too much more pigment ruining the effect of the streaks or the bold lines. 

If you're wondering, I used a big piece of tile to paint on to make sure I don't get anything else messy. The paint slides right off, with some warm water. 


I can't show you the whole letter because it's a surprise for a friend. :) I will soon though. 

And, yes, I totally read my own blog.