Sugar Skull Watercolor Wall Art: Mixed Media Tutorial
Make sugar skull watercolor wall art. This is a sponsored post with Xyron and Derwent Academy.
Isn’t she lovely? I call her Marbella (beautiful sea) because her eyes look like pools of water.
If you love the look of watercolor but are intimidated by the medium, watercolor pencils are a great way to test out this technique. I used a stencil to create this colorful mixed media piece. You can use this sugar skull watercolor wall art for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, or even for a Coco themed party!
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Use stencil tape to place the stencil on a sheet of watercolour paper.
Trace the sections of the stencil using various watercolor pencils. For some sections, like the skull, I simply outlined the section. For most of the others I colored in the stencil design. Remove the plastic stencil from the paper when you are done outlining and coloring.
Wet a brush and paint over the watercolour pencil lines. The water will soften the lines and blur them a little.
To add more color to the image, I used a wet brush on the tip of the watercolour pencil to pick up paint. Brush the color over the desired areas of the image.
I wanted to create a hazy effect for the background, so I started with black watercolour paint, then dabbed in blue and purple paint. I used the yellow watercolour pencil to add in some star like spots.
Cut the 3-dimensional roses from red cardstock. Wet the paper lightly with a mister.
Use a toothpick to curl the edges of the petals back.
Begin twisting the rose around the toothpick. Bend and adjust the shape as needed.
Use a Xyron glue runner to add permanent adhesive to the circle at the end of the rose cutout. Press the rose firmly into the base to hold the shape.
Punch one inch circles from the red paper. Roll the paper through the Xyron sticker maker on both sides. This will create a double sided large glue dot.
Place the red glue dot on the skull design. Attach the rose to the red glue dot to hold it firmly in place.
Remove the glass from a thrift store frame, and insert the watercolor sugar skull art.
The watercolours helped me give Marbella the watery pool eyes I was hoping to achieve! She makes a great addition to the sugar skull collection that I’ve crafted over the years!