How to create a Holiday-themed watercolor wreath | Photo Tutorial

Hello everyone! Anjali here from ‘thelettersofanarchitect’, and I’m here today with my second DT project, with the theme ‘Gold’. I generally love adding gold accents to any of my works, be it watercolor or acrylics, it just adds that extra elegance to any project. Hence, I’m really excited to bring you this month’s project, which is easy to make, and just as fun, and it could be the perfect addition to your Holiday Home decors.

For this project, I have used cardstock paper, different from my usual watercolor paper and I’ve also used other mediums. It makes the artwork more interesting and adds depth to it.

The materials I have used for this project are:

I decided to go with a black background this time since I wanted the Gold and the Pearl colors to stand out, which is why I chose the black cardstock. It really makes the paints pop. As for the color palette, I stuck with the Holiday themed red, green and gold. The Pearl colors are water soluble and hence can be mixed with other watercolors like any normal paint. You can create a variety of beautiful pearl-finish colors this way.

Before working on the cardstock, I did a small wreath on normal black paper I had lying around to get an idea of how the finished wreath would look like. Once I was happy with the results I went on to outline the wreath. Draw a circular outline and then draw rough floral outlines where you wish to place them. I chose to use roses and anemones along with holly and mistletoe leaves for a Christmassy look.

So first, I filled my mini-mister spray bottle with diluted white gouache paint and using the Tim Holtz Blossom stencil created a snowy botanical border. I can feel the winter-vibes already! Make sure to cover the areas where you don’t want the spray paint with paper.

After I was satisfied with the border, I went on to paint the florals, using the pearl colors, ‘Scarlet red’ and ‘pink’.  I used Pearl May green and mixed them with Prima confections Tropical green from last month’s DT kit for the leaves. I also mixed red from the Tropicals palette with the Pearl scarlet red, for the hollies. This makes the colors more vibrant.

Once the wreath is done, thicken the circle using Reminisce Gel Pen, and add the lettering with the pen tip of Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.

Place a sheet of paper under your project, cover the glue with glitter while still wet, making sure it has completely covered the glue, then tap off the excess on to the paper underneath. Remove stray glitter using the Crafter’s Choice White Bristle Round Brush or any small sized round brush, and set aside to dry for a few hours.

And your glittery golden holiday project is done! As simple as that! Now all you need is to display it somewhere where everyone can see, and liven up the holiday mood.

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you have any feedback or queries, do leave them in the comments section below.

Until next time…Happy Holidays!

Do join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps:

1. Create a project with the theme “Gold”

2. Upload your project photo to “December 2017 Challenge: Gold” Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.

3. All entries are due by December 31, 2017.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.

A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.