Only ten days away from Christmas! Where does the time go? I feel like time flies twice as fast during the holidays and I can barely keep up. I am majorly looking forward to some quality family and friends time, eating more than I should and just some R&R next week. Some fantastic coffee and a good book and I'll be in heaven. But in the meantime I'll be finishing up things at work, attending a couple more holiday parties and of course - some last minute shopping for gifts and wrapping them up.
This year I made some simple and easy watercolor gift tags for my presents. I love painting and it was actually somewhat of a stress reliever to paint these up before wrapping my gifts. I used some old gloss paint I already had around the house and bought some inexpensive paper tags. Watercolor is so fun because it's difficult to mess up. I just had to make sure I diluted the paint enough with water and to keep it very light and layer on if I wanted some deeper colors in certain areas. I'll probably try these in different colors later on for some non-holiday themed tags!
- Red and green paint (I used yellow and blue to create my green shade)
- Paper tags ($2.50 for a pack of 25, JoAnns)
- Plastic paint palette or paper plate to hold paint
- Cup with water
- Pour some paint out into your paint palette. A little goes a long way so you'll only need a bit.
- Dip your paintbrush into the water and mix it in with the paint to dilute it.
- Once you get your desired mixture, use your paintbrush to paint light strokes across the tag.
- After painting the tag, you can rotate the tag around to distribute the watery paint in different areas before it dries.
- Try brushing just water across the tag, then stroke in some light paint. The paint will slowly disperse into the water already on the tag.
- If the paper begins pop up because of the water, gently bend it back the other way to keep it smooth and flat.