The New Year is coming up quickly, which means it’s time to start thinking of those resolutions. If you don’t have one already, I really like the idea of just using a word (or a few words) to describe how you want your year to be. My daughter and I created these New Years Resolution Printables that she can hang in her room and remind her of the qualities she wants to acheive this year – that way, every day, she can look at it and remember the goals she is working towards.
If you want to make your own, it is so easy! I already did most of the hard work for you. All you need are two supplies: watercolor paper and a goldleaf paint marker. Make sure it is a Gold Leafing Pen – you can find the exact one I used at (affiliate links) Michaels or Amazon and both sell watercolor pads as well. You will also need to download the printables here (there is a practice sheet included, and a version of the printable in blue, purple, and pink).
I’m using watercolor paper because I love the texture it adds. I wanted to use real watercolors to paint the background of this piece, but the water kept making the ink run, so I decided to use digital watercolor backgrounds, which, as I mentioned, makes your job even easier!
Open the printable file, and print the practice sheet (the one without a colored background) and whatever version you would like for your final copy. If your goldleaf paint marker is new, you will have to get the paint flowing really well before you attempt to color your final page. As you can see in the image above, the marker started very watery and thin, but as I used it, the goldleaf became thicker and had much better coverage. Don’t start using it on your final copy until the coverage looks like the “R” in the image above.
Once the marker was giving me the desired coverage, and I felt comfortable using it, I started my final version by outlining the letters before coloring them in. I have to tell you, I was a little skeptical of this paint pen when I picked it up. I wanted to use real goldleaf, but my craft store was all out. I thought it would just be like a gold marker, but it isn’t. It has texture and the shine is amazing! I was definitely wrong about this one!
After I colored in the words, I decided to color the ink splatters gold as well, even though I had initially planned to leave them black. Look at all that shimmer!
The last step for us was to stick it in a frame so it could be hung in my daughters bedroom. You could also add magnets to the back and hang in your locker at school, or place it in the front of one of those binders with the clear pocket covers. Basically anywhere that you need a little reminder 🙂
If you love watercolors like I do, you should also check out this watercolor “Home” Art – you can easily create it with any design, not just a province or state.
I hope you are all looking forward to a great New Year – here’s to all of us being Stronger, Braver, and most of all, Kinder! See you in 2017!