It’s that time of the year when we start thinking about Christmas decorations, and because I am all about handmade, I want to share one of my favourite projects from my book ‘DIY Watercolor Christmas’: the galaxy ornaments. I love this project because it is also a cool way to experiment with Watercolor Ground, an absorbent primer that allows us to paint on many different surfaces such as paper, glass, wood, metal, fabric and plastic. It is also interesting to observe how some of the texture techniques react differently than they do on paper. This is a fun and slightly messy activity that can be done with children.
For this project you will need:
- Watercolor paint
- White acrylic
- Watercolor ground
- Spray bottle (optional)
- Table salt
- Rubbing alcohol
- Glass ornaments
- Toothbrush or brush with stiff bristles
I use a mix of Prussian Blue, Indigo, Payne’s Grey, Ultramarine Blue, Cinnabar Red. To give each bauble its own personality, change the dominant blue for each one. Indigo and Payne’s Grey will result in an intense shade, and by adding a little Cinnabar Red to the mix we get a lovely purple.
This video tutorial is based in the ‘Galaxy Ornament’ project of the book ‘DIY Watercolor Christmas’ by Ingrid Sanchez, AKA CreativeIngrid. Publisher : David & Charles (13 July 2021)
You can also see a wonderful Painting Christmas Lights which Ingrid also created for us here.