DIY Watercolour Cards

It's time to put on your painting gloves and get crafty with Eunice of Heaven in a Wildflower as she shows us how to make pretty pastel watercolour cards today on the Blog, as snapped by Jeremy of Jemanci Photography. Paired with calligraphy, these cards would be perfect as wedding invites, table numbers, and even as framed artwork!

"Watercolour painting and calligraphy are really on trend for weddings these days! With some practice and creativity, you can incorporate both of these elements into your special day by creating personalized escort cards, table numbers or quotations using this simple tutorial as a guide." ~ Eunice

Photos via Bespoke Bride and Once Wed.

Calligraphy watercolor table number in coral and gold via Hey Wedding Lady.

Invitation suite by Julie Song Ink, photo via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Materials required:

  1. Paintbrushes
  2. Water
  3. Watercolour paint
  4. Palette or containers for mixing paint
  5. Calligraphy ink (Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink, pictured)
  6. Penholder & flexible pointed nib (Brause 66EF nib, pictured)
  7. Washi tape
  8. Paper or cards

Step 1: Select the colours that you want to work with and mix paint with water until you get a runny consistency (be sure try your mixture on some paper first to see if you like the look!)

Step 2: Stick down the paper you’re working with onto the table with some washi tape. I like using washi tape because it’s easy to peel off and it also prevents some of the thinner papers from curling when wet.

Step 3: Dip your brush into mixed paints and brush on first colour from one edge inwards.

Step 4: Paint second colour in similar manner from opposite edge. Depending on the pattern that you want to make, you can overlap the first and second colour if desired or apply a third colour in the middle. It’s entirely up to your creativity!

Step 5: Leave to dry completely.

When your background is dry, you can write on whatever your heart fancies! Names for an escort card, or a special quote. Experiment with different flexible nibs and ink to find your favourites. There are many tutorials online, as well as books and workshops that can teach you the art of modern calligraphy. It all really comes down to practice, practice, practice!

For more inspiration, check out these watercolour-infused stationery and paper goods:

Table place cards via Style Me Pretty.

Invitation suite by Julie Song Ink, photo via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Photo via The Perfect Palette.

Photo via Tiffany & Co.

Photo via Mystikit.


Thank you so much for sharing your DIY tutorial with us Eunice, and many thanks to Jeremy for the lovely captures! Love watercolours? You'll love our Wedding Notebook for Brides & Grooms! If you're feeling crafty, be sure to check out our other DIY tutorials here.


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