DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Watercolor wall art

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

photos by Kimberly Chau

When the studio tour came out I got a TON of reader questions about where the watercolor wall art above the couch was from. I definitely did not see that one coming seeing as how I seriously made that thing in 10 minutes flat as Kimberly was walking in to take photos of the space. Originally we had this DIY paper wall art on the wall there instead, but I decided it was a little too punchy and wanted a more muted focal point so I switched it out at the last second.

I’ve finally gotten around to fulfilling your requests for a how-to with this DIY watercolor wall art tutorial, and you might actually laugh at how easy this is to make, not even joking!

DIY Watercolor wall art

Materials:

  • Foam brushes
  • 3 plastic cups
  • 3 colors of craft paint in a similar color family (I used mints and greens)
  • Large piece of printmaking or linen paper from the art store (size is up to you!)

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

Fill each plastic cup with about an inch or so of water. Squeeze a dime size of the lightest of your three colors in one cup, squeeze a bit of each of the darker two colors in the second cup, and then a dime size of the darkest color in the last cup.

Stir the paint and water together and your colors should lineup to be an ombre scheme, if not, adjust the paint as needed.

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.comDIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

Using the lightest color, quickly brush the color across the entire paper leaving a clean white border of at least two inches all around. Next, use the medium color starting from one end of the painting and brush it all the way up, just past the center of the paper being sure to blend the watercolor excess so you don’t have puddles building up.

Lastly, use the darker starting from the same end that you started brushing the second color from, and only paint up to just below the middle.

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

If you can, let the paper hang to dry once there are no puddles on the page so that the weight of the paper pulls any puckers/wrinkles out! Once it’s completely dry, frame or mount it as you see fit for your space.

You didn’t hear it from me, but we actually just taped ours up over the old paper wall art, shhh…

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

I really love the way the colors look with the pops of burnt orange of the couch pillows. It was just the right amount of interest without overdoing it in the all white space. What do you all think? Is this a project you would try for your home?!

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Watercolor wall art

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

photos by Kimberly Chau

When the studio tour came out I got a TON of reader questions about where the watercolor wall art above the couch was from. I definitely did not see that one coming seeing as how I seriously made that thing in 10 minutes flat as Kimberly was walking in to take photos of the space. Originally we had this DIY paper wall art on the wall there instead, but I decided it was a little too punchy and wanted a more muted focal point so I switched it out at the last second.

I’ve finally gotten around to fulfilling your requests for a how-to with this DIY watercolor wall art tutorial, and you might actually laugh at how easy this is to make, not even joking!

DIY Watercolor wall art

Materials:

  • Foam brushes
  • 3 plastic cups
  • 3 colors of craft paint in a similar color family (I used mints and greens)
  • Large piece of printmaking or linen paper from the art store (size is up to you!)

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

Fill each plastic cup with about an inch or so of water. Squeeze a dime size of the lightest of your three colors in one cup, squeeze a bit of each of the darker two colors in the second cup, and then a dime size of the darkest color in the last cup.

Stir the paint and water together and your colors should lineup to be an ombre scheme, if not, adjust the paint as needed.

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.comDIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

Using the lightest color, quickly brush the color across the entire paper leaving a clean white border of at least two inches all around. Next, use the medium color starting from one end of the painting and brush it all the way up, just past the center of the paper being sure to blend the watercolor excess so you don’t have puddles building up.

Lastly, use the darker starting from the same end that you started brushing the second color from, and only paint up to just below the middle.

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

If you can, let the paper hang to dry once there are no puddles on the page so that the weight of the paper pulls any puckers/wrinkles out! Once it’s completely dry, frame or mount it as you see fit for your space.

You didn’t hear it from me, but we actually just taped ours up over the old paper wall art, shhh…

DIY watercolor wall art | sugarandcloth.com

I really love the way the colors look with the pops of burnt orange of the couch pillows. It was just the right amount of interest without overdoing it in the all white space. What do you all think? Is this a project you would try for your home?!

Comments

  • Brittni

    10.16.14

    I love that piece of art from your studio tour, Ash. I might have to commission you to make one for me!

  • Alli

    10.16.14

    Thank you for posting! I’m soo excited to try this!

  • sina

    10.16.14

    thank you for finally doing this DIY! youre right! it was easy!!!

    I am for sure trying this!!!!!!!!

    • sina said:

      do you have a list of the 3 colors you used?

  • aileepetrovic

    10.16.14

    It would certainly not take me 10 minutes! I love it. Compliments the other colors in the studio very well.

  • Nash Khan

    10.18.14

    Looks even more pristine in combination with everything else!

  • Kelly

    10.19.14

    I did this on a huge canvas and cannot believe how many people comment on it when they come over. Sometimes the simplest things turn out the best! And yes the orange pillow is killing it!

    • Ashley said:

      Aw, yay! I hope you send them to sugarandcloth.com, haha! ;) xo

  • Marisa

    10.21.14

    Where did you get the gold and white planter? So cute!

  • Alana

    03.08.15

    Can you share what colors you used? I have a similar color scheme and would love to replicate this! Thanks