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Make your own watercolour wedding place settings

Calling all arty crafty brides and grooms! Today I have a little creative project I think you’ll love – if you’ve a paper fetish and own a watercolour brush this wedding craft idea is especially for you!

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Watercolour washing cards for your wedding place settings is a fun, colourful and rewarding craft project – and I’ve written you a step by step guide based on how I do these in my calligraphy studio. The watercolour preparation is really easy for crafty brides; the calligraphy lettering requires a little practice and of course the right equipment which you can buy in my calligraphy starter kit on Etsy. Allow yourself a good few hours (not necessarily all at once!) to learn your way around the pen and lettering styles… and then give these a try!

Materials:

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Hot pressed watercolour paper sheets
Gouache paints
Calligraphy dip pen and Nikko G nib
Black calligraphy ink
Watercolour brush
Stanley knife and ruler
Metallic thread (optional)

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Step by step tutorial:

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1. Cut rectangles of watercolour paper (11 x 9cm for place names or 6 x 9cm for escort cards) either with a Stanley knife for a straight edge, or by scoring gently then tearing using a ruler for a torn edge effect. Fold place cards in half, scoring so you get a clean fold.

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2. Mix paints with water and use a thick brush to colour your cards. Allow the cards to dry thoroughly. (Leave them overnight, ideally, or dry in strong sunlight or with a hairdryer)

The reason I tear the cards before adding the watercolour wash is because I really like the paint build up around the edges of the torn bits, which are left stark and white. To save time, you could swap these steps around and colour the paper before you cut it to size.

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3. Rule a faint line in pencil to write on. This helps keep names straight, and can be rubbed out once your ink is completely dry. Add names in a modern calligraphy script – the examples here are quite formal but with a little practice you can develop your own style… it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs flow and character!

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4. Tie a metallic thread around the top of your place name cards to finish!

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There are lots of online tutorials for modern calligraphy, and workshops are springing up around the UK if you’d like to learn with someone. I run modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester and I’ll also be teaching short and sweet skills workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair in September. Email me for more info, and do come along if you’re free!

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Tutorial and image copyright Claire Gould at http://Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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