Creating a watercolor background using plastic wrap | Tutorial

Creating a watercolor background using plastic wrap. Simple and quick art project to try with kids. Make colorful backgrounds for other artworks.

New week and I'm back with another fun way to mix up that background drawing routine! As you know, pages with watercolor backgrounds can be used in a hundred different ways. Starting from creating a foundation for your art work and ending with various DIY projects. For example, how cute would some paper feathers look on a dream catcher if made from beautiful and colorfully painted paper? Paper crafts are always a good idea when you want to find an easy and not so expensive way to decorate your home. Or imagine cute little inserts for that daily planner you cannot live without!

So let's get to work!

SUPPLIES

What you will need:

  • Watercolor paints (It is the second time I used simple ones from the supermarket. It is possible to create stunning things with these too!)
  • Brushes (different sizes would be useful, it depends of what you will be drawing)
  • Watercolor paper + paper towel (to keep things clean)
  • A cup for water
  • Plastic wrap or simple plastic bag
Tutorial on how to create a colorfol and interesting looking watercolor background using plastic wrap!

PROCESS

Everything is super simple with this technique! You just have to work kinda fast, because you will want the whole paper to be wet when applying the plastic wrap. Draw what you like. I have chosen these abstract brush strokes ( it is the fastest way to draw something, haha! ).

If you don't want to draw abstractions it is totally fine! Just make sure to apply more water, you can do that at the end, right before putting that plastic wrap/bag on the paper. Because unless you are very fast (I bet you are! Me not, seriously), more difficult drawing will require a little more time!

Tutorial on how to create a colorfol and interesting looking watercolor background using plastic wrap!
Tutorial on how to create a colorfol and interesting looking watercolor background using plastic wrap!

TIP: If you want to work more slowly try tearing up the plastic wrap and applying it at the spots where your work is done. This way those parts will still be wet, you will get the effect from plastic wrap and also will be able to continue your work on the page!

Tutorial on how to create a colorfol and interesting looking watercolor background using plastic wrap!
Tutorial on how to create a colorfol and interesting looking watercolor background using plastic wrap!

This is pretty much the end of your hard work! Go make yourself a cup of coffee or read a book :) When the paint will be dry you can remove the plastic wrap and enjoy this easily made background!

Tutorial on how to create a colorfol and interesting looking watercolor background using plastic wrap!

Here is an example. I created this illustration on the background that was made using this technique! I love the result so much, the background gives a lot of feeling to the whole painting.

Illustration I created on watercolor background made using plastic wrap!

It would be amazing if you could share your thoughts on this and let me know how you are planning to use these backgrounds!

You can always find me on instagram: @nulaura

Let's chat!