Watercolor Tags 6 Different Ways

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A simple and easy beginner watercolor project are hand painted tags. If you're nervous to try a large scale watercolor painting, these little tags are the perfect place to start. It’s such an easy project because the smaller size makes them less intimidating, easier to control the paint, and faster to finish! Here's six takes on six different designs to inspire your inner artist.

First, you’ll need to cut some watercolor paper into tag shapes. I used a product that came pre-cut and pre-printed with a watercolor resist, but unfortunately, it has been discontinued. That’s no problem for a crafty soul like yourself however. You can easily cut the corners off a rectangle of paper, punch a hole in the top and even draw your won resist designs.

If you want to create your own resist, I would recommend using adhesive vinyl cut on a Silhouette machine or acrylic paint (I have a personal preference for colored metallics, but white works too.)

Design your tags the way you like with the following uses in mind.

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1. Watercolored Place Setting Assignments

Use a waterproof lettering pen to write out your guests' names. Then add some swipes of watercolor over the top. To achieve the gradient or ombre look, use heavy paint on the edges while blending in more water as you go toward the center.

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2. Hand Painted Bookmarks

Paint up a tag to use as a bookmark. If you like lettering, add a quote about how fantastic books are, because really, they are pretty awesome!

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3. Pretty Handmade Cards

Add a tag to a card to make a really special note for a friend. Cosmo Cricket has a great tutorial for painting this tag. Needless to say, I didn’t use watercolor at all when I painted it. It was all colored with chalk ink. I just dipped my brush onto the stamp pad as if it were a watercolor cake, using water to lighten the color as needed.

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4. DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

Of course, watercolor tags look darling on gifts. In fact, you can skip buying gift wrap and just recycle a brown shopping bag; the hand-painted tag will make up for it!

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5. DIY Drink Labels

Help guests keep track of their drinks by adding a pretty, watercolor tag to the straw or stem. 

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6. Watercolored Cupcake Toppers

This is my favorite project! We used a Cosmo Cricket stamp to add the sentiment onto our watercolored tag. Then we glued it to the toothpick and stuck it into the cupcake. YUM!