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Watercolour Flair Card Making Kit Activity Sheet

In this lesson plan, kids will learn to use watercolour brush pens to make fun card designs to gift this Holiday season.

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Activity 1: Make a safari greeting card

In this tutorial we will show you how to make a beautiful safari greeting card using watercolour pens!

What you will need:

STEP 1: 

Choose your colours: we used dark red, light red, pink, orange and yellow.

 

STEP 2:

Take out your paper and cut it to size. Put some washi tape around the borders to keep it white. (You will peel it off right at the end when everything is dry).

Lay down your colours in a gradient. Reds, yellows down to orange and pink.

Take your water brush which is included in the Watercolour Brush Pens set and blend the colours together. The idea is to get a sunset effect like you see below as we will be drawing in a silhouette of the animals in the end. 

If this is your first time blending, just play around, don't expect to get it right the first time you try. Different paper will also give different effects. I have used watercolour paper in this tutorial, mixed media paper will work just as well. Blending is incredibly fun and therapeutic and once you have done it once you will be hooked! We have hundreds of blending options in our pack of 20 watercolour pens, so make sure the colours work well together and blend away. Don't be shy with the water either.

 

STEP 3:

Wait for the watercolour background to completely dry. Take our your stencil pack and find the animal one with all the cute little animals, including our giraffe and elephant. (If your kit doesn't come with stencils, you can copy the animals from our pictures).

Outline the stencil with pencil. I chose the giraffe and elephant for this but there are many other options to choose from. 

STEP 4:

Get your Life of Colour 1mm black pen and colour in the animal drawings. Make sure the paint is all completely dry to get a good solid finish.

Our black watercolour pen will also work very well here with a softer black finish. 

STEP 5:

Add some details. We used the plants stencil to add some flora to the silhouette. You can add anything you want at this point.

Another great idea is to use the banners, borders or letters stencil sheets to add in your message or greeting. You can also turn the card around to do that on the other side. We love the look of combining the plants and animals to make it look like a real safari scene.

If you did use tape for your border, you can now slowly peel it off to reveal your clean white border. 

You don't have to use the stencils to follow this step either, make leaves and different plant shapes with your pencil first and then fill in with black.

NO more steps! You are done. Now write your greeting and give it to someone you love. You can stick it in an envelope and post it to someone who lives far away. Everyone loves receiving a card in snail mail! 

 

Activity 2: Mermaid Art using all the colours of the rainbow!

Today's idea is brought to you by a 🌈 rainbow mermaid 🧜‍♀️, you can make this fantastic effect on cards, notebooks or to make a fun piece of art for your room!

You'll need:

  • Mixed Media Paper (included in the Card Making kit and the Watercolour Painting kit
  • Life of Colour Watercolour Brush Pens 
  • Load the water brush that comes with the set by unscrewing the top and adding tap water

Other materials you'll find handy:

    Step 1

    Find the hexagon shape in the stencil pack, you can choose any shape you want but aligning the hexagons is very easy! If your kit comes with washi, make hexagon shapes using the washi (or make any shape you desire).

    Use a regular pencil to trace the hexagon, in this case, we didn't leave any space between one hexagon and the next one. The linework details at the end go on top of the watercolour.

    Step 2

    Figure out your colour order and sort your pens in rough groups. We did: purples, blues, greens, yellows, reds, pinks, browns.

    You can stick to the same colours for example all blues and purples or greens and yellows.

    Step 3

    Start adding your first colour in the hexagons on the right. You don't need to cover every nook, that's the water brush's job.

    The idea is to create variety by adding more or less water to each hexagon. If you did a very dark one, make a few that are very watered down next to it.

    Step 4

    To make the nice transition between colours without showing a clear vertical line where it changes from purple to blue, the trick is to mix both! That's why we put them right next to each other, so we can blend them slightly and make the smooth transition.

    Make some hexagons that carry more of the colour on the right and others that have more of the colour on the left. For example, a teal closer to blue, versus apple green closer to yellow. You can also play with water to get even more shades of colour!

    Step 5

    Wait for the watercolour to completely dry. Don't go in with the paint pen until your watercolour is completely dry!

    Step 6

    Remove the washi tape if that's what you used.

    Get your paint pen (can be Golden 3mm or Black 1mm) pen and trace over the edges of all the hexagons. It will give it a nice elegant pop.

     

    Activity 3: Geometric patterns with watercolour brush pens tutorial

    In order to create these geometric patterns, you will need the following materials:

    You'll need:

    • Mixed Media Paper (included in the Card Making kit and the Watercolour Painting kit
    • Life of Colour Watercolour Brush Pens 
    • Washi Tape (included in the Card Making kit
    • Load the water brush that comes with the set by unscrewing the top and adding tap water
    • Optional: ruler, Life of Colour glitter pens, etc.

    what you need to make a geometric pattern with washi tape and life of colour watercolour pens

    1. First, I start by forming a pattern or shape with the tape. There is no right or wrong way to do it, though if you want to frame it later, measure out the appropriate dimensions.

    plan it out with washi tape

    2.Next, pick colors to fill in the shapes. Try to pick colors that will blend well when adjacent and complement each other well. My go to colors are purple, pink, yellow, and blue but you can go as bright or neutral as you want.

    3. Next, you will color the wedges/shapes. I recommend doing one at a time and working fast. To color the wedges, I start with the darker colors and then follow with lighter adjacent colors to attempt to “pick up” the dark color into the lighter one to facilitate blending. You can color the shapes in any pattern or shape you wish, whether it be a vertical, horizontal, or shaped gradient. I recommend keeping darker colors near the perimeter to maximize the contrast with the tape lines.

    add some colour to the shapes in space between washi tape

    4. Once you finish adding colors to the wedge, grab your water brush (or a paint brush dipped in water) to begin blending. I always start from the light colors and work my way toward the darker colors, but after each color combination, I wipe off the brush to avoid too many colors lingering on the brush and making a muddy mess.

    blend the colours using your water brush

    Try to work relatively fast such that the wedge remains wet upon completion of the water brush blending. By doing so, one thing I like to do to jazz up the shapes is add additional small drops of water to the wet surface to add little crystal like shapes. Less is more because they grow before they completely dry.

    5. Repeat steps 3-4 for all shapes and wait for the ink to dry.

    6. Once the art is completely dry, peel off the tape. Hopefully, the lines are crisp but if not, a white gel pen can clean up any color that leaked onto the taped regions.

    peel off the washi tape

    fill in with white pen on any leaked paint

    7. You can stop here if you want, or you can add lettering or drawing over your beautiful finished product.

    finished geometric patterns with life of colour pens

     

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