What I love most about watercolour is its ability to give different colour tones, and even change the texture of a piece of paper. It’s such a versatile medium, that anyone can “play with.” The brush strokes can appear sheer and soft, or bright and saturated. And let’s face it, painting brings out the child in all of us. That’s why today’s DIY is all about helping all the soon-to-be-brides create their own watercolour wedding invitations.
Get all your friends together open a bottle of wine, start a production line and let the painting begin!
You will need:
- Invitations printed on textured A4 paper (or you can use real watercolour paper). Be sure to print it on a laser printer, to make sure the wording doesn’t dissolve when you
start painting. Also, do not cut out the invites on the border, as that will make the paper curl up when you start to paint.
- Watercolour paint in the colours you want to use
- Watercolour brushes
- A small container filled with water
- Absorbent paper
- Craft knife
- Steel ruler
You can edit the invitation on the computer before printing, by using Adobe Reader/Acrobat. Please keep in mind that if you use Reader you won’t be able to save it (so you will have to print it immediately after editing). I used the FREE typeface Raleway and Lisbon Script to edit the fields.
There are a few different ways you can paint the watercolour washes, but I’m going to explain the wet-on-wet technique.
- You start by wetting the invitation from the top, stopping halfway.
- Then, immediately, paint over the wet area, and lift the paper to help the paint run to the bottom.
- Let the paint dry completely before cutting it out along the lines. If the invitations are a little bit wobbly, you can just press it between two heavy books.