Maybe it’s the sudden rush of fresh Spring air, but we’re feeling nostalgic for the way it used to be. Take a break from your digital frenzy and create beautiful pastel stationary perfect for a cheery note or letter to an old friend.
- no.6 round paint brush
- glass cups
- paper towels
- two-ply cotton flat notecards
- white envelopes
- kool-aid in three colors
- highlighter (optional)
Gather your tools and materials. We pre-mixed our kool-aid dye. Mix up some pretty pastel dye colors to use in this project with this simple GUIDE.
Put the envelopes aside and we'll come back to those. Grab one flat notecard. The key to success for this project is to make sure you have watery colors but not too much water on your notecards. So don't drown your notecards just lightly brush them with the dye mix. We're going to do a color gradient that blends two colors at the middle. Before you start scroll down to the final step to see other watercoloring ideas!
Start heavier on the color at the top of the card and gradually bring it down with the brush until you reach the center. Sweep on another light coat right at the top edge to make the color stronger. Turn your card around and add a second color the exact same way. Blending the two colors together in the center.
Repeat with different color combinations on the remaining flat notecards. You don't have to go all the way to the edges as we like the look of messy watercolor and pools of color in a few spots on the cards. Set the cards aside on paper towels to dry. They will puff up a bit while drying but should become more flat once totally dry. You can also press them in a heavy book once dry.
For an optional personal touch we added a line of bright color to the edge of our envelopes. Using a highlighter draw a straight line across the outside flap. Mix it up with yellow, orange or even a gold paint marker!
Another watercolor option. Paint only the top edge and splatter on a few drops for bright organic color!
Drop your loved ones a handmade note this Spring!