You Can Totally Hand Letter in Watercolor (Free Printable Templates!)
Didn’t make it to Re:Make SF this year? Well, we’ve got a surprise for you. We’re taking one of the crowd’s very favorite make stations and turning it into a project you can do at home! We teamed up with Hallmark to show folks how to create their own hand lettered watercolor wall art, and now we’ve got a trio of printable templates that’ll let you do the very same thing. Offline and online DIY FTW!
What we loved about this project is that everyone’s results looked totally different. Even though everyone is working from the same template, the possibilities for creativity and improvisation are pretty darn endless.
With the right templates and an obsession with color, there’s no wrong way to make them your own.
– printable templates (download here)
– card stock or watercolor paper (has to work in a printer)
– paint brushes
Don’t you love a project with minimal materials? Get yourself a watercolor palette with all your favorite hues, and you’re halfway there.
Now, let’s get painting!
We started with the Happy Template. Simply fill in the letters with colors you like, and add your own design to the space that surrounds the lettering. We went with stripes that matched the color scheme of the letters.
Next, the Make Life Beautiful Template. We have to admit — this one is our favorite! We love all the geometric shapes involved, and how many colors you can pack into one piece without getting too busy.
We also scaled down the Happy Template to create a postcard version. Who doesn’t love a piece of snail mail that isn’t a wedding, rehearsal dinner or baby shower invitation? I mean, we love those too… but it’s nice to mix things up ;)
Lastly, we took the Grid Template and freestyled our own hand lettering inspired by our forever-man-muse, Ryan Gosling.
Heyyyy girl ;)
Voila. All the pieces we created — in a matter of minutes!
Be sure to check out Studio INK for more quirky and cool cards like this — and feel free to send one to us here at Brit HQ!
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)