Watercoloring Wall Decor Tutorial by Ashley Horton

Who says watercoloring is limited to layouts and cards? Ashley Horton (Blog: Ashley Horton | Instagram: @ashleyhorton75 | Pinterest: @ahorton | Twitter: @ashleymh1675) takes her creativity to a new level creating a beautiful work of wall art and she has a step-by-step photo tutorial so you can create something just like it to decorate your home!

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Supplies: Finders Keepers (340234) – Today Thickers, Finders Keepers (340243) – Printed Cardstock and Acetate Shapes with Gold Foil, Documentary (340199) – Snapshots Thickers, Documentary (340207) – Wood Buttons, Documentary (340204) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, Dear Lizzy (370086) – Woodland Thickers

1. Grab a 12×12 piece of American Crafts white cardstock and a set of watercolors. You could also use watercolor paper if you are worried about the watercolors causing wrinkling on your paper.

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2. Before adding the watercolors to your background paper, use the Silhouette Cameo sketch pens to draw a large heart on your cardstock or watercolor paper. If you don't have a Cameo, you can trace a printed heart shape or free hand your own heart shape.

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3. After you have the heart shape drawn, start adding the watercolors to your background. I used a rainbow color scheme and a wide brush for the watercolors.

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4. Once the watercolor paint is dry, use a paper piercer to punch holes around the heart shape. I spaced the holes at around 1/4" apart.  

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5. Choose an embroidery floss color and back stitch around the outline of the heart shape.
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6. After you have finished stitching around the edge of the heart, create a string art look, stitching from one hole to another on the heart shape. I used 6 different embroidery floss colors to create the string art effect.

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7. Once you have finished the string art stitching, use a mix of Thickers and embellishments from Documentary and Finders Keepers to create a sentiment for your watercolor wall art!
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Now you're ready to find the perfect spot in your home for your custom wall art!