Thursday, February 20, 2014

Give This Watercolor Desk Calendar a Dry Run


You might say I have been bit into watercolors lately.  In fact, my last DIY project posted on here was ANOTHER watercolor calendar for your fridge or office.  I'm not sure what it is about me and calendars, but I really like useful DIY projects, and who doesn't use calendars on a very regular basis?  These were also SUPER easy - I was able to finish a whole 2014 set in less than 30 minutes using regular store-bought watercolor paints from the drugstore.

Note as of August 2015:  I have a 2016 Watercolor Desk Calendar for sale in my Etsy shop, if you would rather not spend the time making your own!  Each calendar is sold with a mini wooden easel for display.  

MATERIALS 

INSTRUCTIONS
Print out the calendar template, and cut your calendar pages out.  Take your brush and lightly wet the watercolor paints - this is important, as using a brush that is too wet will soak your paper with water, making it bubble up.  This is not attractive for your finished project!  Streak some color over your calendar in whatever manner you please - I used some different approaches for each calendar.

Diagonal strokes...

Vertical strokes...

Horizontal strokes…

Regardless of what strokes I used, I thought each calendar turned out pretty good!  Like I said, this is super easy, right?  Even a novice watercolor painter can do it!  Hopefully after my watercolor class I will no longer be a novice, but we shall see!


I have been inspired to re-do my cubicle space at work, and I thought these new desk calendars would look really elegant on the wall in my cube.  Hopefully I'm right!


My big challenge for DIY projects is to make sure the final outcome doesn't look "too DIY", if you know what I mean.  It's the difference between "Wow, you made that?" to "Oh, you made that didn't you?"  What DIYer wants to be asked that question!  Anyway, hope this is inspiring to some people - let me know if the calendar template I've posted is helpful (above) - I'm hoping it saves you some time if you try to make your own!  :)

39 comments:

  1. so simple and creative - lovely idea!

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  2. That looks like a fun project. I love watercolors!

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  3. How pretty! I bet it looks fantastic in your cubicle and bring a nice pop of color. I love how simple this is, and I do think this looks like a "wow, you made that?" :)

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  4. This calendar is so pretty! Love your watercolour DIY's. So simple, but so beautiful.
    Have a lovely weekend, Allison!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

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  5. Your watercolor work is beautiful! And the colors are so vibrant. This makes me want to take out my paints and go wild! (P.S. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog; so happy it prompted me to pop over here and visit your beautiful corner of blogland. Love!)

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    1. Thank you Lauren! It is so sweet of you to drop by! :)

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  6. Such a cool idea, I'm a huge fan of watercolors and this looks really great!

    Tamara's Blend

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  7. I am totally digging watercolors right now! This is a fun way to use them. Great job Allison!

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  8. Wow ! I love this idea ! It looks very nice and watercolors are amazing.
    I was just wondering, how did you put this together ? In frames or how ?

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    1. Hi Mariela! You could totally put them in frames or on a mini easel, but I had all the months together in a big block on a bulletin board at work. I got several compliments - they look great all together!

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    2. I'm definitly making this! Loved the idea :)

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    3. Awesome! I just posted a calendar template for 2016 - it might save you some time...! :)

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  9. I have no words to appreciate this post ..... I'm really impressed with this post ....
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  10. Any chance you'll have a 2017 template? I loved mine from last year!

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