Creating a beautiful watercolor drawing on wood is easy when done with watercolor pencils and an etched wood sign as your guide!
Holy moly this watercolor drawing project was very calming! It was also super simple thanks to the supplies I used. Today, I’ll show you how to use a an etched wood sign and watercolor pencils to recreate the look. Just remember, perfection is not the goal – have fun with it!
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Supplies you’ll need to create your own watercolor drawing:
- Bumblebee Etched Wood Sign
- Watercolor Colored Pencils
- Fine Detail Paintbrush Set
- Fluff Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Sanding Pad
- Matte Clear Coat Spray
I created my watercolor drawing using a Bumblebee themed etched wood sign from Twin Knobs Woodworks. This project was super easy because the etched wood sign gave me the perfect outline to work with!
Before I stared adding the details, I added a layer of white paint using a damp rag.
I initially wanted to use the “baby wipes technique” on this, but I could not find my baby wipes. So, I used a damp rag and still applied like you would with a baby wipe to get a stain type look. This step gives the raw wood the base coat of paint needed to make the water color pencils stick.
After I applied the white “stain” layer, I lightly sanded the surface until it was smooth. I used a sanding pad for this step. You can also use a toothpick or pushpin to remove excess paint out of the etched lines. Just be sure to do so before the paint dries.
Now it’s time for Watercolor Painting!
For watercolor painting, you’ll need a set of Watercolor Pencils and fine-tip paint brushes. The fine-tip brushes are critical for the tiny details.
Use the watercolor pencils just as you would use basic colored pencils.
Add the color where you want it, including any overlapping colors that add dimension.
Then, you’ll activate the watercolor look by “painting” over the top of the watercolor pencils with a wet paintbrush.
You’ll notice that as you “paint” over the colors they will sort-of melt into a watercolor look.
From this point, I just continued adding colors and using a damp paint brush to get that watercolor look I wanted.
This was the color palette I ended up using. Feel free to use whatever colors you like best!
And this was my finished product styled in my home. Where would you display yours?
Here’s another one I did with different colors. What a fun way to create in a relaxing way!
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