Have you seen the feature on our home over on design mom? It was posted yesterday and it’s been such a treat to be featured over there. I love her blog and I have always been particularly fond of the living with kids series. It has been fun answering questions from her readers about where we got things in our home, and a few people have asked about the “home is wherever I’m with you” quote that we have in our bedroom.
I’ve been a bit obsessed with watercolor lately, ever since Amelia started wanting to paint pictures of her own. It had been years since I painted and I had forgotten how fun and relaxing it can be. Once I had the idea for these song lyric quote paintings I just couldn’t seem to stop making them. I’ve been meaning to put together a tutorial on how I painted them, but really it’s SO simple all you need is a quick intro. Dear readers, I’d like you to meet masking fluid. It’s used in landscape painting for preserving small details, like a white cap on an ocean, but I have been using it to mask out words under a big swath of color.
All you need for this project is a few simple supplies.
I use tinted masking fluid, it makes it easier to see where you’ve painted and work on your design. I always freehand my designs, but I have had a lot of practice with hand lettering (I hand addressed each of our wedding invites in calligraphy, I’m a bit crazy sometimes). If you’re less sure of yourself you might like to sketch the placement of the letters very lightly with a pencil first. Make sure that you cover all of the pencil markings when you apply your masking fluid, as you won’t be able to erase them if they get covered in watercolor, and they might show through the paint. When applying the masking fluid, I always use a thin line as a first pass and then go back and add a bit of variation in line thickness to give a little more character. Once the masking fluid is entirely dry, go back with a wide brush and apply the watercolor. I am taken with ombre (it’s everywhere, isn’t it) so I’ve been painting gradients. I start at the end I want to be darkest (usually the bottom) and work my way up in side to side strokes, as you drag the brush upwards it naturally becomes lighter. Easy peasy.
Once the watercolor is all the way dry, just rub at the masking fluid with a fingertip and it should start to come right off. If you used pencil as a guide, you’ll want to use a clean eraser at this point to remove the markings. And that’s it, so simple! The hardest part for me is always waiting for the paint to dry to so I can see the finished product. I’m so impatient!
I actually have several paintings like this scattered throughout our house (did you spot them in the tour?) – the “E is for Edith” in her room was done with the same technique
Let me know if you try this out, I’d love to see what you come up with!
Every room in our house has its turn at being filled with magical light. I love Paul and Amelia’s room in the morning.
Amelia got to pick a prize for getting her teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office. She chose a little pedicure set with a tiny heart shaped nail file and sparkly little toe separators. She didn’t really know what any of it was but she loved that it glittered (and was pink, naturally). Edith of course just had to climb up into a chair to play with the big girl toys.
We have a mystery tree in our backyard. The former owners told us (or at least we thought they did) that it was a citrus tree, but after over a year and a half of living in our house it still has yet to make a single bloom. Our teeny tiny lemon, orange and apple trees have all made fruit, and yet this gigantic tree has not made any. The one thing it has made lots of is new leaves. This thing is out of control, it’s probably twice the size that it was when we moved in and starting to look like an unruly beast, so we finally gave it a trim this weekend.
There are few things I love more than a good chocolate. Bad chocolate I can do without… but good chocolate? I’m such a sucker.
I can’t believe that my baby girl is growing up. That’s what they do, right? Grow up? I just wasn’t quite prepared for how much more quickly it was all going to go the second time around. I feel like Paul and Amelia were babies for ages, and here we are – 18, almost 19 months already. Sitting at the big kids table and coloring with friends. I need a pause button.