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Watercolour Postcards

I love to paint. I first learnt about the different mediums when i was at school and since then i have always had some form of paint project on the go at any one time.

But for those of you who have never picked up a brush, i can imagine it would be quite daunting. That's why I've created a kind of tutorial to show just how simple it can be to create something pretty no matter how little skill you may have to start with. 


I've decided to go with watercolour as its my favourite and in my opinion, less traumatic to use if your not used to painting.

Now there are many different brands and types of watercolour paints available. If you are just starting out i recommend a pallet of watercolour pans. This will give you a good selection of colours and should you decide your not keen on painting, its not going to break the bank. You can get a nice set of basic pans for around £5.00.

I used my own personal pans (a mix of brands) as well as my brushes.

I bought a pack of watercolour postcards from Tiger for about £2 and the pen is from UniBall which was sent for review (see disclosure policy HERE).

The type of brush you want to use is completely personal preference. Making these postcards is all about finding what you are comfortable with and i encourage you to experiment. How else will you find out what works?


Watercolours as you can imagine work with the addition of water to the dry paint. The more water you add the more diluted the colour will be come, the less water on the brush/paper, the more concentrated the colour will be. This means that from one single pan you can get about 3 or 4 'different' colours (varying shades of the same colour).

Load your brush up with water and rub it along the top of the paint, then create splodges of colour on the paper. It is honestly as easy as that. Most "splodges" can be turned into flowers, birds, butterflies, leaves etc. If you want to send a card full of love, fill the paper with love hearts. The pen will be the finer details so it doesn't matter how messy you get at this point. You can make it work.


Watercolour paint doesn't take long to dry so when your ready you will need to get your fine-liner out. 

I'm really loving the Uniball PIN fine liner i was sent. Its waterproof and smudge-proof so it works well for me. I have been using it all week for doodles and with watercolour paints and its still going strong. the ink stands out and its not drying up or altering the quality when jumping between blank card stock and used watercolour paper. 

I have the 0.2 which i find is thin enough to give great intricate details but also thick enough that you can see the ink and it wont fade into the paper. You can however get various nib sizes to suit.


Use the colour you have to inspire you. Does the paint look like flowers? Could you turn it into an owl? Go for it! If you want paint with something in mind. I made a sheet of hearts and outlined them to look like they were hanging. You can make anything and everything ... you're only limited by your imagination.

** Disclosure - Although i was sent the Uniball fine-liner to review in exchange for this post, all opinions are my own. For more information, check out my disclosure policy HERE.
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