How to Create a Watercolor Effect on Your Walls
How to create a watercolor effect with paint on wood panels or simply create the texture directly on the walls of your home.
The watercolor technique is very trendy this season. I have seen many original ideas of art and illustrations that would look amazing framed on the walls, but have you ever imagined the same effect covering an entire wall?
I decided to paint some plywood panels creating a watercolor effect and to find out how they would look in my dining room area. The panels added a delicate touch to the walls, really fresh and carefree, in fact, they look like art. They are a perfect idea for those renters who want to add more color to their homes but feel constrained because they can’t paint their walls. And the best part, you can take them with you when you move!
Here is how to create a watercolor effect on wood panels or simply create the texture directly on the walls of your home:
- 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: 6938 SW Synergy. Matte.
- 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Pure White (SW 7005). Semi-Gloss
- 1 ½” Brush (Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush)
- 1 Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces
- 1 Mil Plastic Drop Cloth
- Two plastic or glass containers
1. Measure your walls so you can look for plywood panels to cover the surface you want to paint. I used three panels of 23.75 x 47.75 inches.
2. Paint the panels in a neutral color, so the other color stands out. I used Pure White (SW 7005).
3. Before you start creating the watercolor effect, you’re going to need two plastic or glass containers. Pour paint in one of them and fill the other with water.
4. Start by applying the paint directly on the panels using a brush.
5. Submerge the brush into the container with water and press the wet brush against the panel again. The paint will start to wash out. I added a little extra water and allowed it to drip. I love the fun pattern of lines across the panels.
6. Let the paint dry for a couple of hours. Place the panels on your walls, leaning them or hanging them using a nail.
Enjoy a fresh and carefree style in your space!
This technique can be created directly on the walls. To achieve the effect, follow steps 3, 4, 5 and 6. The key is to apply the paint directly on the wall and not let it dry. Soak the brush right away and press the brush to the wall to start washing out the color. Continue until you get the desired pattern. You can apply more paint or more water depending on the effect you want to achieve. Have fun!
This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here.