diy ombre watercoloring art

Let's make this clear. I'm down for framing anything. I even framed a napkin. So, I don't think I need to reiterate this, but just in case you just tuned in, I am no artist. I have no art degree and I don't frequent galleries all too often. But... I do know what I like. I recently had the bright idea to get some art with Mumford & Sons lyrics. There were a few I liked on Etsy but I just didn't want to pay the price. So I decided to do it myself. 

This is pretty much my favorite quote of all time. In case you can't read it, it says, "Where you invest your love, you invest your life." I feel like it sums up my constant struggle I have with working a full time job and striving towards something I LOVE in my spare time. How's that for deep?

And in absolute caroline-has-five-projects-going-on-at-once fashion, I forgot to photograph my steps. Literally. I took out my camera and everything. But give me a break. Water-coloring is a little time sensitive and it was my first time. But I'm in love. 

A little recap: I mixed a touch of black [on a wet brush] with the darkest blue and swished it along the bottom. I kept a small bowl of water next to me so I could constantly clean it. With a clean brush, I went back and got more of the same color but without dipping in the black. I kept going lighter and lighter. A little tip: the less water you add to your chip 'o paint, the darker the color will be. Also, if I got too much of a color [like it was too dark for the area I wanted], I would go over it with a wet brush that didn't have any color. 

I know you can see the streaks but that's what I loved about this project. I love all of the imperfections. I'm very happy with it, especially considering this was my first time water-coloring since the second grade. I hope to share more water-coloring projects over time because this was a lot of fun. I found it was very forgiving- which is great for a beginner. 

Happy Wednesday!

PS- check up the link up here- and my inspiration here

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