I’m a huge fan of all the amazing watercolor art that you can find in stores and on the internet but I’ve got to be honest, I have absolutely no experience when it comes to this popular art form nor do I have the time to pick up a new craft. Of course, that doesn’t mean I can’t use a few hints and tricks to fake my way around watercolors. This DIY hot air balloon watercolor art is so easy to make that you’ll have people wondering when you became such an artist. It’s your call if you want to tell them our secrets!
- Unfinished 5×7 Wood Shadow Box
- Textured White Cardstock
- Brights Cardstock
- Hot Air Balloon Die Cuts
- Gemini Die Cutting Machine
- Double Sided Hercules Tape
- Pop-Up Adhesive Foam Strips
- White Chalk Paint
- Spectrum Noir Aqua Watercolor Markers in Primary
- Clear Acrylic Stamp Block
- White Paint Brush and Triangle Dish Set
Use the label found in the blank shadow box as a template to cut a light blue background and adhere with Hercules double-sided tape.
Use die cutting machine to cut clouds and hot air balloon from the textured white cardstock.
Choose your color scheme from the Spectrum Aqua markers and apply to the acrylic stamping block. Following the lines, use a fine paintbrush and water to grab the color and apply it to the cut outs. Start with just a small amount of paint on your brush and then add more to create the watercolor look. It’s just like using a coloring book!
Paint frame with white paint or any other color you desire.
Begin applying clouds to the background layer of blue with 3D dots or lines.
Adhere the DIY hot air balloon in place. Use thicker 3D stickers or just double up on the previously used stickers to make the balloon “float” in front of the clouds and then cut a thin rectangle of coordinating scrapbook paper and write “Fly High” in the center. Fold to resemble a pennant flag and stick in place. Reinsert the glass cover and hang to enjoy!
I absolutely love how sweet this watercolor die cut wall art came out and the fact that there are so many different ways to customize it. Consumer Crafts has tons of great die cuts to choose from to make this project uniquely your own!Wouldn’t this be adorable in a nursery or as a dorm gift for a new graduate. Hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.