DIY Watercolor Wording Art Prints--a simple project great for any all skill levels

I know I always say that I’m excited to share today’s tutorial with you–but today I’m EXTRA excited.  Eeeeek!  I love watercolor and I am thrilled with today’s project: DIY Watercolor Wording Art Prints.  It’s simple enough that ANYONE can do this and I just love how it turned out.

I have been seeing (and I’m sure you have too) some really amazing watercolor wording and images floating around the web lately.  I particularly love what they are constantly coming up with over that Blessed Is She (and their powerful ministry).  I have been wanting to make my own watercolor wording art for a while now…but I’m totally clueless when it comes to photoshop.  And then it hit me–I could make my own Watercolor Wording Art with actual watercolors!  I took the basic idea from THIS POST and applied it to wording and I just love how it turned out.

Wanna make your own?  Here’s what you’ll need:

As a first step you will need to design the wording you would like to turn into art.  For this step I used PicMonkey which is a free on-line photo editing site.  On PicMonkey you can not only edit photos, but also design graphics using the “design” option on the main screen.

picmonkey design

While there I simply chose a black background and typed out my word in my desired font.

beloved watercolor art

Now, to get that wording onto the paper!

This is where a light box would come in handy–or if you are cheap like me you can simply use your computer screen.  Simply tilt your screen back a little bit and tape your watercolor paper directly to your screen.  Make sure that the lettering is the size you’d like it to be in your word art and position your paper over the lettering as you’d like.

Then, grab the small paint brush and the art masking fluid.  Gently and carefully paint the art masking fluid over the lettering.  Try to be as precise as possible.  The art masking fluid will dry and seal the paper beneath it and protect it from the paint.

Allow the art masking fluid to dry for 24 hours.

simple watercolor wording art tutorial step 1

And now for the fun part!

Grab your watercolors and let’s get painting.  Using a wide brush and lots of water, start painting directly over the lettering.  Blend colors, add water spots or little flicks of paint.  Have fun with it!  I deliberately made mine look a little messy.

watercolor wording painting

After you have the piece painted as you’d like, allow it to dry for 24 hours.

watercolor wording splashing

And now, for some more fun!

Gently begin to pull up the dried art masking fluid.  It should up pretty easily and underneath it the paper should have been totally protected from the paint.

watercolor wording pealing

Viola!  Done!  Frame, enjoy and make another.  Here is a look at the 2 watercolor wording art prints that I made for my home:


thankful watercolor art

And Beloved

beloved watercolor art

I hope you give this a try because anyone at any skill level can accomplish this project.  Really.

And, if you’d like to try something a little bit more involved, I posted a while back how to make watercolor portraits with much of the same method.  It really works–and you don’t have to be a professional painter!  I’m certainly not!

Watercolor Portrait cover


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