Watercolor Projects

Watercolors: They're not just for kids anymore. Apply the hassle-free paint to artwork, home decor, clothing, and more with our easy watercolor project ideas.

Words of Wisdom

dining

Flaunt a favorite phrase or quote on canvas with rubber cement and watercolors. To create this DIY artwork, use a paintbrush to write words in rubber cement on a large white canvas. After the letters have dried, apply three intensities of watercolor paint, starting with the darkest at the top and gradually fading near the bottom for a cool ombre effect.

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Light Waves

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Transform a plain white lampshade from basic to beautiful with vibrant blue, yellow, and green watercolors. Apply each color, one at a time, in a sweeping, wavelike pattern with a paintbrush. Add a layer of water to blend the colors. Watercolors work best on paper lampshades, but fabric paint can be swapped for use on fabric shades.

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Designed to Dine

place settings

Welcome guests or designate buffet delicacies with pretty watercolor place cards. Cut white cardstock into small squares. Use watercolors to add two seasonal shades to the bottom. Once dry, use permanent marker to write the name of each guest or dish. Place in desired card holders.

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Modern Art

color blocking

Create contemporary artwork with vertical watercolor stripes and watercolor paper. Use washi tape to get perfectly straight lines, or go with the flow and paint loose stripes freehand. Frame your geometric artwork when dry.

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Pretty Place Mats

Thanksgiving Meal Winner

Bright watercolor place mats invite guests of all ages to sit and stay awhile. Outline a table setting onto watercolor paper with permanent marker. Swirl various shades of a single hue onto the paper, filling in the center circle with the lightest shade only. Customize with a personalized message at the top in a white paint marker.

Don't feel like creating this pretty place mat yourself? Download a Thanksgiving version of it here!

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