Custom Watercolor Wall Art

As I mentioned in Reed's nursery tour, we really wanted to create our own artwork for the room. John is a great artist and I have the ability to create almost anything using my Silhouette, so we worked together to come up with this amazing wall art that we were both able to contribute to equally.

Supply List:
Watercolors $2.65
Picture frame (your choice)
Optional: Silhouette Cameo

Step 1: Paint your watercolor paper with whatever color you want the background to be. We intentionally put random smudges onto the paper as you see below so that each background looked different. I love this part because you can't mess it up! 

Step 2: While your paper is drying, start drawing out your images. You can do this a variety of ways. 

How we did it
John used a Wacom tablet and pen to draw straight into Photoshop. It's a little hard to get used to, but it basically allows you to free-hand whatever you want. From there, we uploaded it into Silhouette software and then used the "trace" function to create the image. Then just clean up the lines, load the foil paper and make the cut. I placed each piece onto the watercolor paper by hand because transfer paper leaves a residue on the foil paper. 

If you don't have Photoshop, but do have a Silhouette
Option 1: You can use your mouse or tablet to create the picture right in Silhouette's software. This may be tricky depending on what you're drawing. 
Option 2: Draw your image on paper, scan it in, upload it into Silhouette and then trace the image from there. Make sure to clean up the lines before cutting! 

If you don't have Photoshop or a Silhouette
Break out a pen and some scissors! This adhesive metallic paper can be used in a variety of ways, not just with the Silhouette. Draw your image right onto the paper, then cut it out by hand. From there, just place each piece onto the watercolor paper like I did after cutting with the Silhouette. 

Step 3: Place in frame and voila! Custom artwork that the whole family can help make! 

Here are some close-ups of the robots that John drew: 


Luckily John can draw. If this whole project were up to me, I would have definitely traced something to get it to look this good. Reed is a lucky little boy to have such a talented Daddy! 

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