I’m so excited to share with you this tutorial on creating a watercolor painting…without having to paint! It really is so, so easy and I know you’ll love the results.
This idea started when I began looking for some artwork to hang above the bed in our master bedroom. You’ve already seen the horrible before picture that was the blank oatmeal canvas of our master bedroom:
And the big improvement that came from some new bedding and our feature striped wall:
and here is where we are today:
(Details of the nightstand decor are coming next week!)
It doesn’t even feel like the same room to me! Every little step gets us that much closer to having our finished romantic, peaceful, retreat. Here is a close up picture of the artwork, and the subject of the tutorial today.
I will admit that drawing is one of my talents and since I can draw fairly well I assumed I would be pretty good at painting too. I signed up for a painting class in college and from day one it was clear that I was way wrong! Painting is so different from drawing and no matter how hard I tried I could not get my paintings to look like more than messy blobs. But thankfully there are other people out there who can paint and are willing to share their amazing talents with us! And by using their paintings you can create unique artwork that is all your own!
You’ll want to start by heading on over to Etsy. Did you know you can buy watercolor clip art from Etsy? This is clip art that is actual hand paintings done by talented artists that you can then use in your own personal projects. It is PERFECT for the painting challenged like me!
I bought the Daisies Collection from SLS Lines. I fell in love with the pretty yellows, soft blues, and creams. Like I said, these are real paintings down by the owner of the Etsy store and then put in clip art form for you to use.
The files cost only $5.50 which I think is a steal considering the time and talent put into the painting. After you purchase your clip art you can download it straight to your computer and you’ll find each individual piece in a folder like this:
You have each individual flower, leaf, and even backgrounds ready to use. I created my “paintings” in PhotoShop by arranging the clip art in layers.
By creating three different arrangements I now have three different “paintings.” I know that a lot of people don’t have PhotoShop so I wanted to show you easy it is to create the same look in a program almost everyone has… Microsoft Word!
Open up a blank document and then click on the insert tab. Select Pictures.
When you choose the option “In Front of Text” you can then place the image anywhere you want on the page, instead of being constricted by where Word thinks you should put the image based on the text fields.
Arrange the clip art to its desired position on the page and use the tools to resize, rotate, or move the clipart forward or backward. Repeat the previous steps for each layer you add.
Do you see how easy that is?! Once you are done you can print the finished product, frame it, and no one will ever know that it isn’t an actual painting. And you can create just about anything. The selection of watercolor clip art on Etsy is amazing. Seriously, just search for water color clip art and see the gorgeousness that comes up. None of these shops are paying me to mention their products, they have no idea I’m writing about them, I’m just sharing some clip art that I love and adore. And remember that while you see the clip art arranged in these pictures, when you buy the files you get each element as a separate item.
These beautiful violet flowers from Reach Dreams (and actually everything in her shop. she has gorgeous florals.). $5.90
Gah! How adorable are these Honey Florals from SLS Lines? I love them. $5.50 The jar, the cheerful flowers, the cute bumble bee… so many possibilities!
Aren’t these hydrangeas from kaazuclip stunning? $5.00 and just as pretty as the real flowers in my opinion.
Cupcakes? Yep, you can find that too!
This Cupcake Collection for only $5.00 from kaazuclip.
This cute set for only $3.66 from Scrapstorybook.
You can even buy Christmas (and all other holiday) clip art. Think of the one-of-a-kind Christmas cards you could create.
This is a beautiful Christmas Collection by ReaniDesigns for $10.00.
Pretty sure I need these Christmas Owls from DesignOnALara. Only $3.50!
And this Christmas Trimmings pack definitely has everything you need for only $4.49 from FRANCEillustration.
I hope I’m getting my point across that you can find basically ANYTHING on Etsy for amazing prices and then easily use it to make your own unique creations. I love supporting small businesses and finding special and unique items that I can use in my own home and life. The next time you need some new art work in your home, whether for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc I highly recommend creating your own by using the vast resources available from talented artists who are willing to share their creations with us.