Back in 2014 I saw a paper quilt in Country Living magazine. I thought it was such a great idea, especially because I can’t really sew and have always been drawn to quilts. I was inspired to create my own.
St. Patrick’s Day Paper Quilt
I wanted to create a St. Patrick’s Day themed paper quilt. The weather was horrible, so I avoided a trip to the craft store by using patterned papers I had at home and by designing some of my own.
I created a template so I could achieve a diamond quilt design. Each square on the template was assigned a letter. I also created a key so I knew which paper went with each letter. I thought it was interesting that if I changed which paper was assigned to the letters on the key, I would end up with a different quilt.
I had so much fun creating that first paper quilt. I thought others would enjoy making one too and wouldn’t it be convenient if they could print everything from home – the template, key and four patterned papers? I also thought it would be a great craft for other holidays. So that’s what I did! To date I’ve designed six printable paper quilt making quilts.
St. Patrick’s Day Paper Quilt Making Kit
Valentine’s Day Paper Quilt Making Kit
How to make a paper quilt
Print the kit – four patterned papers, template and key, and instructions
Cut the four patterned papers into squares using the trim marks and following the instructions
Cut the key off the template
Assign the four papers to the key (gluing the squares onto the key)
Following the letters on the key, glue the squares one patterned paper at a time
Your done! Make another quilt – Print another set, assign the papers differently, create a different design!
By switching up what papers are assigned to the key – many quilt design variations are possible! Have fun!
This Fields of Green Watercolor Painting Project will get you in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and take you on a “visit” to Ireland!
Beginner Watercolor Painting Idea for St. Patrick’s Day
Ireland is said to have “40 Shades of Green” and in this beginner watercolor project we’ll use as many shades as possible! Beginner friendly! Step by step tutorial with photos walks you through painting this Irish landscape.
In addition to learning all these techniques – you’ll have a beautiful final painting when you are done!
Supplies you’ll need:
Watercolor paper. I use 9” x 12” Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. Trim to 9” x 11” to create a painting that works well in a 8” x 10” mat.
Painter’s tape – 1” wide
Watercolor paint. Colors: shades of green and/or blue and yellow for mixing greens (a touch of red can be added too), blues for sky (turquoise or other blue) and ocean (prussian or ultramarine blue), black, and orange (can mix with yellow and red) AND…
Gouache – White Gouache (Gouache can go over watercolor. It is less translucent.)
Paint brushes – 1 large round brush – #6, one thin round brush – #1
Container of water
Palette for mixing paint with water and mixing colors. Use a plastic lid or the top of a plastic egg carton.
Pencil, eraser (kneaded is best), ruler and scissors
Scrap of paper. Always test color mixes before touching your painting with your brush.
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St. Patrick’s Day Painting Project for Beginners
Ireland is said to have “40 Shades of Green” and in this beginner watercolor project we’ll use as many shades as possible! Beginner friendly! Step by step tutorial with photos walks you through creating this Irish landscape.
Download this printable paper quilt kit and have fun making your own St. Patrick’s Day Quilt. The four patterned papers include sheep, leprechauns, symbols of Ireland – harp, shamrocks, and the Irish flag. Fun for all ages!
This watercolor painting project is a new spin on a my original birch forest painting tutorial. The woodland creatures – an owl, a fox and a bunny – make this new beginner project fun for all ages!
It’s easier than it looks! The final painting may look complex but the instructions – with photos – walk you through the entire project step by step. It’s a great project for home schooling, for a group, or even painting on your own.
Watercolor techniques used:
Masking areas with tape
Wet on wet painting
Dry on dry painting
Supplies you’ll need:
Watercolor paper. I use 9” x 12” Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper.
Watercolor paint. Colors: orange, yellow, cobalt blue, black
I’m so excited about my May project! After painting watercolor seascapes for over a year, I’m adding acrylic and canvas to my routine. I’ve purchased 10 canvases and plan on completing them by the end of the month.
I’ve painted in acrylics on and off over the years, but never enough to feel completely comfortable. Since starting my watercolor seascape project (almost a year and a half ago) I’ve wanted to try my techniques on canvas, and did try it once. The transition wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. The colors I mixed weren’t quite right, and I felt uncomfortable painting at an easel – I’m used to working flat at a table with watercolor.
I decided to do a few things to make my Acrylic Seascape project easier:
A comfortable size. I purchased 12” x 12” canvases – a size I often work in with watercolor. This smaller size will be more manageable on a table, since I plan on working flat.
Shorter handled brushes. The acrylic brushes I have are probably designed for painting on an easel, but the longer handles feel awkward when painting at a table. I bought a new set of brushes with shorter handles.
Familiar colors. I bought new paints in the same colors I use for mixing my ocean and sand colors in watercolor.
A focused time period. My watercolor seascape project began as a month long project. Focusing on one thing, brought results quickly – I learned a lot and my technique improved. I’m hoping my plan of working on these 10 canvases over the month, yields similar results.
Following my seascape process. Over the past year and a half I’ve developed a process for painting seascapes. I plan on following my process, using my techniques, and learning along the way how to adapt it all to acrylic paint.
wish me luck!
Click here to view my collection of watercolor seascapes. Prints are available on watercolor paper or canvas, in many sizes.