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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How to Wet-Wash with Watercolors

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I'm taking a break from my usual recipe or writing posts today. Instead I thought it'd be fun to share a craft post with you guys. Some of you want start groaning right now and complain that you don't have a creative bone in your bodies, but I can assure you this doesn't require much creativity. As long as you know how to draw and can fling plaint you're fine. ;)

This is the first whitewash project I did
As the summer is winding down, those of you in school (including myself) are probably starting to moan about the approaching school year. But, I bet that you're also bored and running out of things to do with your free time. That's definitely my dilemma. In past years, I've paced around the house and groaned about how bored I was. Not this year! I have a bunch of craft projects I've pinned on Pinterest, I'm working on my novel, and I've started writing fan fiction. I know, I know. More writing. But this is purely recreational. I promise. I'm just writing it during my spare time.

Back to the craft. Whitewashing is pretty simple, though a little time consuming. You just have to wait for it to dry in between painting. I've taken pictures of most of the steps so hopefully that'll make things a little easier. Now onto Step 1.

Step 1:  Gather your materials. You'll need paintbrushes of all sizes, water colors, a bowl of clean water, a paper towel or rag, watercolor paper or heavy duty paper, a pencil, a Sharpie, and your imagination, ;)

Not all of my supplies are there but most of them are

Step 2:  Sketch something onto your piece of paper. You want it to be a relatively simple drawing (like a flower or a peace sign or something) if this is your first time. (I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I'm assuming you all know what drawing looks like ;)

Step 3:  Outline your drawing with the Sharpie. Erase all the leftover pencil marks.

Step 4:  Before doing this next step, make sure you've brushed all the little pieces of eraser off of your picture. Once you've done that, brush water all over your paper until it's soaking wet. You'll know it's wet enough when it sticks to the surface your working on.

You can kinda see that the paper looks slightly darker here

Step 5:  Using your watercolors, pretend like you didn't draw anything on your paper at all and fling watercolors all over it. You don't have to fling them if you don't want to. Just make sure you paint all over it. And don't use the colors black or brown or gray, those won't work for our purposes.

Step 6:  After you're done, carefully pick up your drawing and place it somewhere sunny or in front of a fan for faster drying time.

Step 7:  Once your painting is dry, you can now paint over it like you normally would, then let it dry again. And that's it! You're done! Now you can display your painting in your house or show it to all your family and friends. Or post it on Instagram like I did. ;)   

Inquiry of the Day:

Do you consider yourself crafty or not?

I definitely am. I love to draw, paint, play with clay, make friendship bracelets, etc. I love crafts and think they're a great way to pass the time.

And thank you to my wonderful friend Kelby who taught me how to do this!


  1. That's really cool! I used to love to draw and paint when I was younger, but haven't in a long time. This looks like something fun to try though =)

    1. Thanks! It's a great project to do with a friend. It's fun to laugh with someone as you both splatter each other with paint. ;)


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