Summer is a great time to have fun with small postcards and watercolor. Here these watercolor ombre postcards are painted with one color and multiple layers to get an ombre effect.
This is an easy painting activity and you can try it with your kids. You won’t need much supplies and watercolor paint is easy to wash off:)
To make 4 Watercolor Ombre Postcards, you will need:
- Watercolor paint in your color of choice, I used a mix of pyrrol red and Phtalocyanine blue, red shade by Graham watercolors
- Watercolor paper cut to postcard size or ready to paint watercolor postcards
- Masking fluid if you want to try the one with the white or orange outline, Iused the Fineline Masquepen.
- Pencil, eraser, brushes
Here is how you can paint the Watercolor Ombre postcards
Start by mixing the color you want to use, here I just added a bit of blue to a bright red for a bluish pink shade.
Add water to your mix so you get a rather light wash. You don’t want it too dark as you are going to paint many layers.
Draw the outline of your design, you can use graphite
Or colored pencil.
I did draw 3 peonies and a simple concentric circles design.
Paint your first wash all over the card with a light to medium wash.
Let it dry, then paint your second wash everywhere except on the most outside row of petals .
Then you can add designs of your choice.Here I just outlines the petals with markers.
On this one I added some lines to give more dimension to the flower.
And on the one with circle I added some designs that were a bit more elaborated.
Variation with masking fluid
Instead of just drawing the outline of your design, you can apply a thin line of masking fluid on top before painting.
As previously, layer washes starting by the outside of the flower and making your way towards the center
Let dry and remove the masking fluid
You can leave the design as it is,
or add designs with a marker.
and color the white outline.