Fall wedding season is just around the corner, and we all know what that means– darker color palettes! A favorite of mine has always been black, gold, and white. It’s timeless, and totally reminds me of one of my favorite eras: the 1920’s.
If you’re looking to spruce up your wedding, or just any fall event in general with a set of moody escort cards, read on for a tutorial.
What you’ll need:
- Watercolor paper
- Black watercolor ink (I used a random palette from Michael’s)
- A paintbrush (I used the Pentel Aquash Brush)
- Gold ink (I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Copperplate Gold)
- Optional: A paper cutter
- Cut the watercolor paper to your desired size.
- Coat each escort card with a thin layer of water. Dip your brush into the black watercolor and tap small to medium amounts of ink on to the wet paper. Refrain from making any big strokes, and simply let the ink bleed (Jenna Rainey has an awesome tutorial for this technique here). If you want, tilting the paper to help guide the flow of the ink can help speed up the process. Another technique to get this look is to hold your water-coated escort card upright, place your Aquash Brush along the top edge, and squeeze the water + ink mixture on to the card as you go from left to right (or vice versa), letting the ink cascade down. For this step, no matter the technique, I usually like to do about 4 cards at a time because the water tends to dry out pretty fast.
- Let the ink dry. This usually takes 10-15 minutes, depending on how much water you’ve got on your paper.
- Use your calligraphy skills to add names, or whatever you’d like to the cards. Tip: for touch ups, I like to use Gelly Roll’s ‘Metallic Gold’. Its color is really similar to Dr. Ph. Martin’s ‘Copperplate Gold’, and you’ll be thankful for it, especially if you’ve already cleaned your nib + holder.
And there you have it, DIY black + gold watercolor escort cards! As always, I encourage you to get creative by putting your own flair on projects, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different ink colors and card shapes. Have questions? Feel free to reach out to me at crystal@thefancycatstudio, or at one of the channels listed below.
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