You guys, it’s been a really long time since I posted a DIY project here. Today we are going to make a “Pretty Simple Minimalist Ombre Watercolor Painting Thang”. Do you like how I just come up with crazy titles and such? It’s a gift. Okay look, this project is super simple, but the materials can be kind of pricy if you don’t already have painting supplies. Look at this way though… buying actual art made by actual artists is way more expensive. So you decided jack!
watercolor paper (the thick textured stuff)
1 large watercolor brush with a flat tip
1 small watercolor brush with a pointed tip
masking fluid (this is key!)
watercolor paint (i only used black bc i’m so emotional)
cup with water
- take your bowl and strategically place it in the middle of the watercolor paper.
- use your trusty pencil and trace a light circle round that thur bowl. then remove said bowl.
- dip your small paintbrush in the masking fluid and trace the penciled circle, apply a liberally thick but EVEN layer of masking fluid. the masking fluid will build up a barrier to keep that pesky runny watercolor paint within our beautifully executed circle. crazy right?!
- now let the masking fluid dry completely. like 2 or 3 minutes. go take a pee break or something. no, i’ve got it! instagram how artsy you are being right now.
- okay it’s been 2 minutes. back to work mofo! now take your big fat paintbrush and dip it in some clean water and spread a very thin layer of water inside the circle to prime the paper.
- now dip the big brush in your paint color of choice and get busy! for an ombre effect start at the top of the circle and apply a thin layer of paint making the top of the circle mostly opaque.
- as you reach the middle of the circle dip your brush in the water to lighten the color up and continue painting. dip your brush in the water again so that your brush should be nearly out of paint and continue on your journey till you get to the bottom of the circle.
- now let that layer of paint dry, then start again till you reach the desired ombre-ness.
- let your painting fully dry, then begin erasing the masking fluid and pencil markings. the stuff will just peel off like magic!
Voila! You now have a cool modern minimalist painting.