If you’re looking for a creative way to say happy Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Palentine’s day this year, here’s a quick and easy DIY Little Watercolour Hearts Card Tutorial for you. In fact, I’ve actually included three slightly different techniques/styles, so I guess technically I should say… here’s THREE quick and easy DIY Little Watercolour Hearts Card Tutorials for you.
What you will need
– A piece of A5 watercolour paper
– Watercolour paints (and water, of course!)
– A small paint brush (I used a size 0 round)
– A normal pencil
Preparation – Step one
Fold your A5 watercolour paper in half to create an A6 folding card. Then unfold it again so it lays flat on your table.
Preparation – Step two
Draw 20 little hearts on the righthand half of your paper (4 hearts across by 5 hearts down).
You can download a free PDF template by clicking here*. If using the template, print it out onto A5 paper then use a lightbox or transfer paper to trace the hearts onto your paper. Alternatively, you can draw over the entire back of the template using a standard pencil, then place your template (printed hearts facing up) on top of your watercolour paper and draw over the hearts – an outline should be transferred onto your paper.
Then carefully lighten your heart outlines by gently erasing/rubbing out slightly, until only a faint outline remains.
Preparation – Step three
Prepare your watercolour paints – adding enough water to get the right consistency of colour. Depending which technique you choose, you’ll need one or two fairly watered-down/dilute colours and one or two more concentrated colours.
Tip: It’s a good idea to test your colours on some scrap paper before starting.
Technique One – Ombre Hearts
Starting with just one heart, paint the top two thirds with a dilute colour, leaving little patches of white paper showing through. Let the dilute colour start to dry but not completely, then paint the bottom third of the heart with a more concentrated colour, again leaving little patches of white paper, allowing the two colours to blend slightly.
Repeat the process for the remaining hearts, except one…. choose one heart (any one you like) to be a focus. Paint this heart only with the more concentrated colour.
Wait for all of the hearts to dry completely, then refold your card. Ta-da! A quick and easy DIY Little Watercolour Hearts Card Tutorial.
Technique Two – Colour Drop Hearts
Working on two or three hearts at a time, paint each heart with a dilute colour. *It works nicely to paint most hearts in one dilute colour and some in a second dilute colour.
Let the dilute colour/s start to dry but not completely, then gently drop a more concentrated colour into each heart. Simply load your paintbrush with a little of the more concentrated colour, then very carefully touch the tip of your paintbrush somewhere on the dilute painted heart. *If using two dilute colours, it works well to also use two concentrated colours. Try to also randomise where you drop the more concentrated colour on each heart.
Repeat the process for the remaining hearts.
Wait for all of the hearts to dry completely, then refold your card. Ta-da! Another quick and easy DIY Little Watercolour Hearts Card Tutorial.
Technique Three – Overlapping layers
Paint each heart in a dilute colour, but purposefully misalign the heart from the outline (i.e. paint it slightly to the bottom-left or top-right of the outline). *It works nicely to paint most hearts in one dilute colour and some in a second dilute colour.
Let the dilute colour hearts dry completely. Then, using a more concentrated colour, paint the heart outlines, this time trying to paint directly on the lines. *If using two dilute colours, it works well to also use two concentrated colours.
Wait for all of the heart outlines to dry completely, then refold your card. Ta-da! A third DIY Little Watercolour Hearts Card Tutorial.
I hope you enjoy creating one or more DIY Little Watercolour Cards using these techniques. Whether you intend to spread some love this Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Palentine’s day, or perhaps use the same techniques to create an anniversary or wedding card, I hope the ideas bring you some creative joy.
If you liked these tutorials, you might like one of my Watercolour Kits.
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