Thursday, August 6, 2015

DIY Watercolor Stationery

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DIY Watercolor Stationery

Watercolor Stationery Tutorial by Emily Katharine Photography

This month’s “Perfect Details” series has to be my favorite series yet! This month, I will be teaming up with Emily Katharine Photography to share lots of amazing ideas for a watercolor themed wedding. The series will include today’s watercolor stationery tutorial, next week’s edible watercolor paint (perfect for cookies and cakes,) a bouquet recipe, and lastly, I will share the insanely gorgeous watercolor themed wedding shoot Emily designed herself that include all of these elements. It’s going to be amazing, so “stay tuned” every Thursday this month for more ideas!

Watercolor Stationery Instructions

Before You Get Started

Emily answers some very important questions that will greatly help you before you get started….

1. Once you decide to take the leap and design your own stationery, what is the first step? 

Once I decided to paint the stationary for this styled shoot I looked up some inspiration on Pinterest and Etsy. Of course, I didn’t copy any stationary set directly, but just used it as inspiration. I based it off our watercolor wedding theme, so I started by searching for images of watercolor flowers. I found a few that I liked, practiced painting a few, and went from there. I then added a few smaller elements, like the cherries and the greenery with the small blooms to fill leftover space.

You will need to paint on watercolor paper, as it absorbs water differently than regular printer paper.

I prefer using really small, fine brushes because I have more control of the strokes. When writing the script, I put a very small amount water on my brush and primarily use the watercolor ink, as sometimes the water will flow too much if it gets too watery. It is a good idea to practice!

2. Why is watercolor a good choice for a stationery design?

I have always been a huge fan of watercolor. I love how organic and impressionistic it looks. It seems very natural and flowing, and it doesn’t have to be perfect to still look gorgeous. Sometimes I just let the paint flow and follow the water, and that can be so beautiful and natural.

3. Do you know how a bride would have the stationery copied? Would simply taking it to a mass printing store like UPS work? 

I don’t know how this would work nationally. When I make invitations for our own wedding, I will get them printed at Invitation Consultants. It is local, but I do know they work on national orders as well. Before making the invitation, create it in a size that is available and common. After finishing the painting, take a photo of it or scan it at a local FedEx. From there, I would probably edit it in a photo software to make sure the colors look the way you want them to. After that, you can upload your own design to the site and order the invitations.

4. What are some tips/suggestions/encouragement for a bride trying to do this?

Practice, practice, practice. Get familiar with how watercolors work. Use more pigment than water for the script. Use more water than pigment for the flowers.

When adding additional layers/colors to the flowers, I would either add it while the water was still wet, or wait until the paint had dried depending on what look I was going for. If I wanted a multi-colored flower, I would use the two colors one after the other. However, If I was adding small dots or details that I didn’t want to run, I would wait until the other paint had dried.

Don’t take it too seriously – this should be a fun way to put your heart into your wedding!


Items You Will Need 

 Tape and Watercolor Paper

Watercolors and Brushes

Watercolor Paper