How to Use Printable Templates

How it Works

Step 1: Download the template Step 2: Print the template Step 3: Copy the template onto watercolor paper Step 4: Paint the pattern Step 5: Admire your handiwork

What You’ll Need

How to Trace the Template

OH SNAP! HERE COMES THE FUN PART!

So, you’ve printed this template, right? Okay, now we need to trace it. To do that you’ll either need a bright window or a light box.

– Bright Window Technique – 
  1. Tape your template to the window using masking tape.
  2. Center your 8x10 watercolor paper over the template and tape down.
  3. Trace with pencil – lightly.

– Light Box Technique – 

  1. Tape your template to your light box using masking tape.
  2. Center your 8x10 watercolor paper over the template and tape down.
  3. Trace with pencil – lightly.

How to Paint

PREPPING YOUR WORK AREA

Watercolor is a fast medium to work with, so it’s a smart idea to have everything on hand before you start painting. Water and paper towels in particular, are essential.

PREPPING YOUR PAINT

So, how exactly to you get paint from your well onto your palette? Here’s the gist: Add a few drops of water and stir the water in the paint to activate the pigment, then pick up the paint with your brush and ‘paint’ it onto your palette.

PAINTING

Now for the fun part!

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