There's something so gratifying and exciting about receiving a physical letter in the mail. It means someone took the time to buy a card, write in it, put some postage on it and send it off to you. It's so intentional and heartwarming. And I know, there's gotta befellow mail receiving lovers like me, but instead of buying some cards and shipping them off, I createdthese simple watercolour babies. Cause I love me some watercolour! Sidetone: I don't usually spell watercolour with a "U" but Jesse's european computer believes I should and it just looks fancier that way so let's just ride with it.
I'll also note, that I use the word watercolour loosely, as I merely slap some watery paint on paper and call it magic, but ultimately that's all watercolour is right? I would know, I'm a professional. Nonetheless, I made dis', I will stand behind it 100% and will never stop making pretty watercolour things because:
1. It's simple.
You don't have to be remarkably creative or artistically blessed in order to do it. You just need a little bit of patience, some water, paint and paper and you're golden! Just paint it on and blend a bit until you like what you see and ta- da, you're end result will make you feel like Van Gogh.
2. It's versatile.
You can put it on anything; greeting cards, wrapping paper, place cards, personalised stationary, shoes, t-shirts, tattoos (hmm..), anything your sweet heart desires!
3. It's just pretty, gosh darn it.
I love the way the colours flow and blend together so naturally. It's just simply beautiful to me. If I have to convince you of this, you probably hated this post anyway!
Things you'll need for DIY cards:
+ pencils erasers (used for the polka dots)
+ 4 x 6 plain white stationary set (or whatever color you want)
+ calligraphy ink and dip pen (or markers, whatever you have on hand)
(I used gold Winsor & Newton ink because I'm obsessed with gold right now and also black Speedball ink, pen holder and nib)
Paint some sort of background. I'm not the best painter in the world, but I am a sucker for watercolour ombré so I went with it for the card above. I painted three colours (green, blue and purple) in horizontal panels and slightly overlapped the colours, making it blend ever so nicely.
Let it dry completely before writing. It breaks my heart when I'm impatient and the ink just blends right into the watercolour for a huge ink blob, ruining all of your hard work (happens to me a lot-I'm learning).
Now that it's dry, write your beautiful heart felt note to all the special peoples in your life; your beloved mother, your friends expecting their first baby boy or a dear friend that you miss. And then ship it off right away, or it will sit in a pile of papers, never to be seen by its' intended recipient! I swear, mailing it is the hardest part.
So go forth my darlings and tell someone you love, miss and/or appreciate them! Nothing says it better than a hand- crafted, watercolour creation!