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Pick Up Your Brushes: It's a Watercolor Paint Party in the Garden

Picture it: Paintbrush in hand, a glass of fresh painting water, and a palette of pretty colors before you. The lush garden setting will inspire colorful works of art including our watercolor paper flower arrangement.

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On this occasion, your Saturday night "paint and sip" party is reimagined to be a light, airy daytime affair. Invite your friends to a lush garden party — such as your backyard in the summertime — and provide the supplies they need to explore their creativity. Craft supplies like paints, stencils, and brushes in various sizes can cater to a range of creative styles and levels of ability. (Tip: Better yet, announce on the invitations that this a "BYOW" event (translation: bring your own watercolors) and encourage guests to swap and share materials.

 

On the table? Take a cue from spring foragers and bring nature's inspiration to the dinner table. Assorted succulents, pansies, and peonies, rise from a bed of cushion moss and lend an unexpected touch of whimsy. To keep guests happy, serve light appetizers and finger foods such as tea sandwiches, scones, and savory-meets-sweet bites from a cheese platter work best.

Pick Up Your Paintbrush

And begin painting! Here, we used pages from Kristy's "Cutting Garden," so you don't have to worry about drawing flowers before painting them. Choose pages from paint books you already enjoy or give guests their own book to color in and take home post-party. Be sure to include a variety of sizes for interest. Tear the page out of the book and prepare to paint, with a cup of clean water, your palette, and brush.

Try This: A Paper Flower Arrangement

Here's a collective craft activity that guests can make at the party, then take home and enjoy. Simply paint within the lines of these pre-illustrated watercolor paintings, snip them into shape, and arrange them in a bowl.

  • Step 1
    Step 1

    Wet the flower and leaves with the brush and clean water. Choose a light pink and load your brush when wet. Dot the wet flower with your brush full of paint, you'll see the paint move around a bit. If it doesn't, add more clean water here and there. Also add a soft green to the wet leaves.

  • Step 3
    Step 3

    Assemble flowers to stakes by adding flower pick to each individual flower with a glue dot. Use a variety of colors, bright reds, soft pinks, a touch of purple, peach. Ensure that they all combine nicely to give a wildflower garden look. 

  • Step 2
    Step 2

    The key to cutting out interesting shapes is to move your paper, not the scissors. Also before you start cutting, trim off the large areas of paper around the detail your trimming — extra paper will get in your way as you cut.

  • Step 4
    Step 4

    Assemble centerpiece: Begin piecing the foam block with the stakes. You can come in at an angle, push some in completely, others not, varying the height and angle of the flowers will give a more natural look. 

  • Step 1
    Step 1

    Wet the flower and leaves with the brush and clean water. Choose a light pink and load your brush when wet. Dot the wet flower with your brush full of paint, you'll see the paint move around a bit. If it doesn't, add more clean water here and there. Also add a soft green to the wet leaves.

  • Step 2
    Step 2

    The key to cutting out interesting shapes is to move your paper, not the scissors. Also before you start cutting, trim off the large areas of paper around the detail your trimming — extra paper will get in your way as you cut.

  • Step 3
    Step 3

    Assemble flowers to stakes by adding flower pick to each individual flower with a glue dot. Use a variety of colors, bright reds, soft pinks, a touch of purple, peach. Ensure that they all combine nicely to give a wildflower garden look. 

  • Step 4
    Step 4

    Assemble centerpiece: Begin piecing the foam block with the stakes. You can come in at an angle, push some in completely, others not, varying the height and angle of the flowers will give a more natural look. 

Credits

Photography: Photography by Seneca | @photographybyseneca

Event Styling and Design: Kristy Rice | @momental

Floral Design: Florosophy  | @_florosophy

Flowers: FiftyFlowers | @fiftyflowers

WATERcoloring Books: thewatercoloringbooks.com

Watercolor Wood Table: Skilltree Designs

 

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