I had just wrapped up a new project recently, which also happens to be my very first official watercolour order from a client! Excited? You bet I was.
So my client wanted to get Place Cards & Signages done in the tie-dyed/watercolour style using 2 different colours – Pastel Green + Pastel Yellow for the place cards & Pastel Pink/Peach + Pastel Yellow for the signages.
I started out with some colour testing for the place cards & got their approval:
The materials I used to create the watercolour are:
- Daler Rowney Simply Watercolour – 24 colours
- Fabriano Acquarello Watercolour (Hot Pressed) in Traditional White, 300gsm
- Saintograph Palette
- Ashley Nylon Brushes set (comes with 5 brushes – 0 Round, 4 Round, 8 Round, 1/4 Bright, 1/2 Bright)
You can get these supplies easily from any ArtFriend stores (:
I picked the brightest green & yellow there is & then mixed some white to it to create a more pastel-ish shade. To make it more subtle, I added quite abit of water to the mixture. Before painting it on the actual cards, I did a rough colour test (like a mini swatch) on some balance leftover papers after cutting the place cards into the actual sizes.
Tip: I find that it’s good to keep leftover papers for you to test colours on first. I would keep the slightly bigger width leftover ones of course – those too thin with not much space to paint, you can go ahead & discard them.
After painting & letting them dry, I did go back to do a second layer for some that looked too pale (or not enough colour). So once the watercolouring is done, I used my oblique Speedball pen with Zebra G nib & Sumi Ink to calligraph the names.
If you’re looking to create something similar with watercolour & calligraphy, I would suggest to use a Hot Pressed watercolour paper as they are much smoother on the surface so your nib won’t scratch onto the paper & make it fray. I have not officially tried the Cold Pressed ones yet so won’t be able to give my two cents about that just yet!
I’ll do up another post on the comparison of Cold Pressed VS Hot Pressed watercolour papers with calligraphy soon (:
So back to this. This is the first signage I created – “Life’s too short to say no to cake“, right? Definitely! Frame was bought from IKEA – I find it really pretty & matches well with the wedding vibes!
And this – “It’s hot, help yourself“. For these 2 signages, I was actually using another watercolour paper that I had spare lying around. I can’t remember the name or brand but I got it from Fancy Papers awhile ago to try out. I don’t quite like the feel of it & I’m pretty sure it’s Cold Pressed (the grains gave it away). The calligraphy does bleed very slightly too 😦
This is just a personal preference for me but I prefer using the Hot Pressed watercolour paper to create simple gradient watercolours like this (: Perhaps the Cold Pressed ones would be better if say I were to create flower paintings? Now wouldn’t that be awesome! (Yes, I will get to that soon – hopefully!)
Thanks for reading my post! I hope this helps you get started on your first watercolour project (: Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions about it.
Enjoy your weekend!