Christmas Lights Watercolor

First, let me say that I am not good with watercolors. Markers are more my things so this is kind of wonky and I think I used too much of the paint in certain areas. I still liked the way it turned out though. This was for the Holiday Decor Swap and my partner said she liked it. I followed a tutorial on her Pinterest. I thickened the outline some.
I made two of them because I like the artwork I hang up to coordinate.


Together.

and some in progress shots.

and here it is hung up at @storerboughtcreation house.

Here is the link if you want to try it. It’s not hard and had cute results.

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This is adorable!!

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how cheerful!

I love holiday lights!

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looks great!

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They’re great!!!

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I don’t just like these. I love them! I would have never guessed you aren’t a pro at watercolors. These look perfect to me! They make me so happy :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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These are so neat. I love the black border and how they’re weaving in and out of it. They really do look like they’re glowing!

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The green bulb in the first one had to go behind the border because after I watercolored it, you could see my pencil mark still. When do you erase the pencil when you watercolor?

I’m not sure, but I like it. It looks intentional and cool!

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I love these, they are so pretty!

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They look great! :blush:

I’ve had the issue with pencil not erasing too. Some things to try would be to sketch very lightly or use a kneaded eraser to greatly lighten the pencil marks before watercoloring. You could sketch in watercolor pencil too and it would dissolve, but use very light pressure because you’ll still see the lines if you press hard with watecolor pencil too. They also have graphite pencils that dissolve in water, but this could muddy your colors. Another way is to ink the lines you want to keep and then erase the rest (or make it very light with a kneaded eraser) before watercolors. If the lines are fairly light before starting, most of the lines practically disappear when you paint as the watercolors will obscure them. Or maybe use a very fine watercolor brush and go over the pencil marks with darker watercolors to obscure them.

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Thank you. They mentioned a kneaded eraser on the tutorial but I didn’t have one. It was torture for me to set this aside to let it dry between layers. As I said, I am a marker kind of girl. Ha! But I love the look of watercolor so much that I want to attempt it some more. I’ll try your advice. Thanks!

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What are you talking about, those look great, gozer! Thanks for including the link.

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You’re welcome! :blush: I hate the waiting too. A hair dryer really speeds up the waiting times. :wink:

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Whatever! These are beautiful!

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These are so stinking cute!! You did an awesome job!

I’m glad you posted the tutorial as well.

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Yes, these turned out great; I love how they seem to glow!

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So pretty!

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Congratulations! :tada: This awesome project is a Featured Project this week!

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These are so happy and fun!

And congrats on being a FP!

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