Hello sweeties! It’s the first day of Spring and I think that’s just perfect timing to share with you my three new DIY watercolor Easter cards! These card ideas were inspired by the watercolor technique that I’ve just started practicing.
I was quite suspicious when I first started watercolor painting, but after a few brush strokes, I have to admit that I completely fell in love with this artwork. It was such fun playing along with watercolors. This new revelation really makes me want to paint. And paint. And paint some more!
Did you know that the watercolor or aquarelle technique is one of the oldest types of painting techniques? Oh yes! It’s a practice that dates back to the Paleolithic era in Europe and was used to paint manuscripts in Egyptian times, all the way to the European Middle Ages.
However, the extensive use of watercolors began with the Renaissance, when the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer celebrated their use in his works.
Technically speaking, watercolor is a method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in water.
But I’ll stop here with a lecture on art history, and present to you my DIY watercolor Easter cards! There are three really cute (and easy) ideas!
Card idea #1 – Ears to a great Easter
This first card is definitely my favorite idea and the pastel colors make it so tender and cute. I’m sure you notice that the colors aren’t too suspended in water, that is actually because I am still learning. But the simplicity of the design provides an effective and magical impression. Doesn’t it look fantastic?
HOW-TO: I used postcard paper as a background and a 2H pencil for my underdrawing sketch. I’ve decided to combine pastel pigments from brown, red, green, and yellow watercolor tubes. The easiest way to mix different watercolors or to make a color more transparent is to use a palette.
But, you know how what they say – we learn best from our mistakes. Well, this painting is the best example of me learning from my mistakes. I should have put color on another piece of paper before just to test the transparency. Plus, I shouldn’t have added more paint layers over it, so it wouldn’t be turned out so dark. So yes, I’ve learned my lessons. After painting the bunny’s ears and flower wreath, I just wrote the funny Easter saying, and voilá, my card was finished. I find it artistic and charming with all the mistakes I’ve made while painting it.
Check out this short (and faster) clip on how I painted the ‘Ears to a great Easter’ card!
Card idea #2 – No bunny loves you like I do
For this second DIY watercolor Easter card, I got a bit of skill! I’m totally in love with how the little fluffy bunny turned out. You may notice that the colors overflow slightly. This effect is really easy to achieve. The only problem I encountered was the rapid drying of the paints on the paper. That’s why you have to be pretty quick when applying them, and it’s best to prepare the pigments before painting.
HOW-TO: After making a sketch with a 2H pencil, I started painting the bunny with a light shade of grey using a thicker brush (No. 10), and then I gradually added water, letting my hand play with the overflow of water and paint. When that layer dried, I used the thinnest brush (No. 0) for a darker shade of gray contours. Then I painted the balloon with a thicker brush as well. The transparent color gradation of the balloon is as follows: green, yellow, pink, purple, and blue. Like colors of the rainbow, that was the idea. Eventually, I used dark gray paint for the ballon contours and black paint for the rope. It was all done with the help of the thinnest brush. And when that layer dried, I painted a bunny’s mustache.
Card idea #3 – Hoppy Easter
This is more than just a watercolor illustration card! For this card, I decided to have a little crafting in addition to painting. Considering that most card makers today use die-cuts for embellishments the hand cutting of paper is totally passe. But I enjoy that technique so much! So I used it for this card.
HOW-TO: The watercolor procedure was the same here as for the second card. I used the same brushes sizes – No. 0 & No. 10. The paints I’ve used are gray, two different green colors, yellow, and pink. I also used a black highlighter to get the rabbit contours more expressive. Further, to achieve the dotted effect on the small egg in the “Hoppy Easter” saying, it is necessary that after drawing an egg on paper, paint it yellow, wait for it to dry, and then dilute the black paint in plenty of water (to make it transparent) and spray over the egg. Once dry, cut it. Then, cut out the rabbit, glue the foam to both, and stick it on the card.
Aren’t these DIY watercolor Easter cards just lovely?
I must confess that I’m pretty pleased with my first time making cards with watercolor illustrations. And I’ve enjoyed it so much! This technique is officially among my favorites now and will make more cards like these in the future. How about you? Do you like watercolor illustrations?
P.S. Check out my Instagram profile for more videos, photos, and stories about the crafts I make. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d follow, I’d really appreciate that! 💕
Have a lovely week everyone!