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Travel Time - DIY postcards

Travel Time - DIY postcards
40 min Easy

A very special way to send greetings and good wishes
You don‘t always have to buy postcards - with a bit of creativity you can produce your very own, personalised ones. A home-made postcard is a simple way of giving those you love a nice surprise. Whether you send it from your holiday, for a birthday, or just because - it’s a lovely way of telling them you‘re thinking of them.


An article by Jani

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Step-by-step tutorial

Cut the watercolour paper to postcard size (10.5x14.8 cm) and stick masking tape or washi tape over the edges, creating a polaroid look.
I‘ve covered 1 cm at the sides and 3 cm at the bottom here. Then colour in the upper edge of the paper in a red shade.

Blend the red colour downwards with a water brush so that you can’t see the individual strokes any more.

To create an ombré effect, add a second colour, e.g. dark yellow, and go over it with water, too. After the card has dried, sketch in the shell design lightly with a pencil.

Go over the outlines of the shell with a brown brush pen and then paint over carefully with the water brush.
After the design has dried, go over the whole thing once more with the thin end of a dark grey brush pen, to highlight the details.

A few paint splatters will create a lovely effect on your postcard. To achieve this, put some paint on a smooth (non-absorbent) surface such as cling film and pick it up using the water brush and some water. Then tap the brush with your index finger to create the splatters.

Now you can remove the masking tape and write a nice holiday greeting at the bottom of the card using pigment liners and brush pens.

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
STAEDTLER® 3001 Double-ended watercolour brush pen - Wallet containing 36 double-ended watercolour brush pens in assorted colours 3001 TB36 1
STAEDTLER® 949 Water brush - Blistercard containing 4 brushes: round fine, round medium, round large, chisel 949-SBK4-C 1
pigment liner 308 Fineliner - STAEDTLER box containing 8 pigment liner black in assorted line widths (0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, 1.2, 0.3-2.0) 308 SB8 1
Noris® 120 Graphite pencil - Single product HB 120-2 1

Additionally required:

watercolour paper, masking tape or washi tape

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