Easy Fall Watercolor Mini Cards
It’s Torrie here from Fox + Hazel with a fun fall watercolor tutorial! One of my favorite ways to “be prepared” for unexpected parties or events, is to have a stash of handmade cards on hand. I love adding a handmade card to a small gift or even a meal for a friend. These fall watercolor mini cards are the perfect addition to a pie for a neighbor, or even as place settings at the Thanksgiving table! They’re so easy to make and use one of my favorite watercolor supplies: masking fluid.
So let’s jump into how to create these adorable mini cards!
- 140 lb Cold Press watercolor paper
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor palette
- Coliro Mica Gold Watercolor Palette
- Liquid Frisket or Masking Fluid
- Size 5 Round Watercolor Brush
- Small cheap liner paintbrush (it will get ruined, so don’t use a brush you love!)
- Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
First, I cut my watercolor paper into mini cards (surprise!) I used my paper cutter to cut them into 4″x 2.5″ vertical cards. You can do whatever size you like! Tip: Score the fold line lightly to get a crisp fold!
Using a cheap liner paintbrush and the liquid frisket (or masking fluid) I painted on some leaf designs on the front of the cards. These don’t have to be complicated or detailed! Just some simple designs. When you use masking fluid or liquid frisket, you need to work fairly quickly so that it doesn’t dry too fast on your brush. The masking fluid is a bit like rubber cement and dries to a rubbery finish. This keeps the watercolor off that area of your paper. But it also means it makes all the brushes in your paintbrush stick together. So try to work quickly, and rinse your paintbrush out often!
Let all your designs in masking fluid dry completely.
Brush a thin layer of water on the front of your card first. This will wet the paper and allow you to paint in a wet-on-wet technique on your mini cards. I used fall colors since it’s that time of year! And you can add some metallic shimmer with the Coliro palette. I used my paintbrush to create paint splatters on the card, both while the paint is wet and after it dried. Each method will give a different finished result, but both are beautiful!
Let all your cards dry completely before moving on to the last step.
Lastly, when all the paint has dried, you’ll need to remove the masking fluid to reveal your designs! You can use your fingertips or another eraser, but I really love using the Mono Zero eraser for this because it’s so small. Just remove all the masking fluid from your card and you’re done! Now you’ve got some lovely fall watercolor mini cards to keep on hand!
For more fun fall and watercolor tutorials, be sure to check out the posts below:
Meet Torrie, the artist behind Fox + Hazel. She is an artist, blogger, wife, & mother of three kids 6 and under. She shares her artistic endeavors on Instagram and YouTube and shares free art + design goodies on her blog. Through process videos, blogging, and teaching online workshops, Torrie is passionate about sharing her creativity in hopes of igniting that passion in others. She loves art journaling, painting, punk music and would have a coffee IV if they existed.