Saturday, January 7, 2012

Watercolor Calendar

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I asked Gary to pick up a new calendar when he went to the grocery store, but he forgot. Then, I started uploading things to Pinterest (a wonderful, wonderful place), and remembered a calendar I was wanting to make. Last February, Design Mom posted pictures of the calendar she made. I thought it was quite beautiful. I trundled down to Dominic's new art desk and got the supplies I needed. Here are the results, and some tips.
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You can see on the left hand side the designs I drew for the resist. I used a white crayon and drew simple designs for each month. This is March's. I also drew very light pencil lines to give myself guidelines for the date squares. Be sure these are light so that they erase easily.

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Be sure the watercolor is thin enough, otherwise it will paint right over the resist.

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After making the design on the left, I used a sponge to stamp the squares. I just cut a sponge to the size I wanted it, dipped it in the paint and placed it on the paper. Be careful not to overload your sponge. I had to squeeze the excess paint out of my sponge at times.
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After the paint dried, I wrote the name of the month and the dates on the calendar.
Erase the pencil lines.

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Here are all the months but January. January is already on the wall.


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I like February's because of the resist. I love the hearts on this.

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I like November's because of the way the watercolors mix.


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January on the wall. 

Now, I just need to figure out a better way to display them. Any ideas?



2 comments:

  1. Maybe you could get a bulliten board or magnetic dry erase board just a little bigger than the page. You could paint it or cover it some way to make it pretty, and have space right beside your calendar to hang things or write notes.

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  2. Oh Sally, were you channeling me last night? LOL I have an extra bulletin board that I was trying to figure out what to do with, and thought of this last night. It's a lot bigger, but I need to cover up some stuff on the wall (like that unused phone jack). I think this idea will work very well. Now to see what fabric I have in my stash.

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