When I shared my Fall Entry Decor, I said I would be back to show you how to make the watercolor wall art. So here I am and I promise it’s really easy. All you need is a phone/tablet (anything that takes a picture) with a watercolor app, a computer (if you can’t print from your device) and a printer.
Here are some watercolor photo effect apps for Android and for iPhone I recommend Waterlogue. It’s not free but it’s awesome. If you want a free app I have heard that Glaze is good but I have never tried it.
1. Take your picture. I highly recommend an app that takes your picture and then has a built-in editor. My favorite right now is Camera+.
2. After you are happy with your picture, upload it to Waterlogue or your favorite watercolor app. Save the image.
If you can print from your device, disregard steps 3 & 4.
3. Open the image and email it to yourself.
4. From your computer, open your email and download the watercolor. If it appears as an image in the body of your email all you have to do is right click>>save image. If it appears as a file at the top of your email, just click the file>>open the file>>right click>>save image.
5. Print on nice card stock with a light texture.
That’s it! So you can get a bit of perspective, here is the picture I took of the sunflowers.
I used my painted brick fireplace hearth as the backdrop for all three pictures. They were taken on different days, but with the editor in Camera+ I was able to tweak the lighting so they look uniform. Here are the three images available as free downloads.
When I printed mine, I sized them as a 5 x 7 in the print program. That way I was able to fit them in the existing mats. If you didn’t want to use a mat, you could print them as an 8 1/2 x 11 and they would fit nicely into an 8 x 10 frame.
I made two watercolors for my daughter after our Florida beach vacation. I took pictures of her with my phone from the balcony over the pool. I followed the exact process from above. I framed them and Elizabeth has them hanging in her home. They are a cute memento of our trip and she loves that it’s really her in the pictures.
This is basically a free way to get personalized wall art for your home. If you DIY the framing, the whole thing ends up being very budget friendly. Like I said in my 10 Budget Decorating Tips, wall art that means something puts your personal stamp on a space. It makes a great gift and is the perfect memento of a special time in your life.
Thank you for stopping by…see you in a few days!
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