Easy DIY Watercolor Basket

Raise your hand if you love the watercolor look but can’t really watercolor paint to save your life!  If you could see me, I’d be raising my hand a little sheepishly.  It takes a skill and talent that I always wish I was better at.  However, today I am showing how to get the LOOK of watercolor with my Easy DIY Watercolor Basket and it’s perfect for any skill level.

DIY Watercolor Basket, Delineate Your Dwelling

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Watercolor Basket supplies
The trick to this watercolor basket is watering down your acrylic paints.  I set out a glass bowl of water and watered down all the paint as I used it.

I started first with blue flowers.  Watering down my paint to be a very soft blue color, I created rough flower shapes.  I painted mostly on the front of the basket and then on the back side of the inside of the basket.  Next, I watered down a coral color and then a pink.  Each new flower I painted, I started with a very watered down color and then gradually added more color to give it that watercolor look of layering.

Once the paint had all dried, I used a black sharpie to create the flower accents.  I also used a bronze sharpie to add dots and dimension in the white space.

Watercolor Basket steps
This basket really could have a million different uses!  I used mine to hold my picnic goodies.

DIY Watercolor Basket, Delineate Your Dwelling

Halfway through this DIY, I wasn’t so sure.  So don’t give up if you try this one.  It takes a few layers of paint to start really taking shape.  Once it was complete, I was completely in love… halfway through, not feeling it.

Watercolor Basket DIY detail, Delineate Your Dwelling

Watercolor Basket planview
If you are looking for more Easy DIY Artwork, you might want to check out these simple tutorials I put together for other paintings.

And side note, aren’t those orange nastrusiums from my garden just divine?!!

DIY Watercolor Basket detail

DIY Watercolor Basket, Delineate Your Dwelling
So are you a watercolor master or a little more timid to try it like me?

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14 thoughts on “Easy DIY Watercolor Basket

  1. I honestly think your basket turned out beautiful! You’re very talented; if I tried this my flowers would be sadly lacking! It’s a perfect one of a kind basket.

    1. Hee hee. Teresa, you are too sweet. You could always try something more simple like polka dots or a fun striped pattern! 😉

    1. I was surprised my flowers turned out as nice as they did! You should just give it a try!! But, stripes are pretty great, too. 😉

  2. Stopped over from the Show and Tell Linky party…I love this basket! I’v been obsessed with all things watercolor lately, but have always been afraid to try. Thanks for giving me some great ideas to get started on my own!

    1. I’m pretty scared about watercolor, too! Somehow doing it on a basket that’s a bit lumpy and bumpy makes it less perfect and I just had a ton of fun with it. Good luck!

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