How to Make Watercolor Cards That Reveal a Secret Message
Sometimes we like to mix it up around here. We love hand-lettering and we love watercolor, so we decided to combine the two and make text-resist watercolor cards that turn you into a top secret DIY spy. Kinda. Writing with a crayon adds a layer of wax that the watercolor will avoid, leaving your font in white surrounded by beautiful paint. Read ahead to learn this cool technique.
– watercolor paints
– watercolor paper and cards
– paint brushes
– various pens
– white crayon
1. Write your text lightly in pencil so you can erase any mistakes.
2. Trace your text with a black pen.
3. Hold your paper up to a window with the watercolor paper on top. You should be able to see the text through the paper. Trace the text with a white crayon.
4. Paint over your text and watch it magically appear.
First come up with a clever or inspirational phrase for your card or wall art. We made one for all the math lovers out there, one for your favorite sparkly person and one to remind you to keep on keeping on. Quite the motivator seeing this on your wall every day!
After you have your text written in black pen, hold it up to a window with a piece of watercolor paper on top. With enough light, you should be able to see the text through the watercolor paper. Trace the text with a white crayon. We recommend that you go over the lines a few times. Since it’s white and you can’t see it, you don’t want to skip any important lines because you can’t fix your mistake once you start painting.
Put some water on your brush and add your paint. When watercoloring, you don’t want your brush to be dripping wet, but you do want a moderate amount of water on the brush. Paint over your text and watch it magically appear!
These would be so fun as secret messages. You could send someone a “blank” card, a paint brush and a small tube of watercolor paint. Don’t tell them what to do, just let them figure it out.
Such a fun card!
Stick one on a gift.
Or hang one on your wall.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)