In this post, you will get to know how to make your own watercolor Polaroid paintings. We will show three easy polaroid paintings ideas that you can paint in the frame. You will need: watercolor paint, watercolor paper, paintbrushes, water, pencil, pen, ruler, tape and something to tape your painting on like a board.
Creating the Polaroid
Start off by drawing and measuring out how big you want your polaroid to be on watercolor paper and cut it out. You can take any polaroid size such as 4 x 3 inches.
- When you’re done cutting out your polaroid you want to draw the place where the paint will be going which is the frame. For instance, take measurements such as 1 inch from the bottom and 3/16 of an inch from all three of the sides. If you want to make more Polaroid you can trace them and if your watercolor paper is thin enough you should be able to trace the first Polaroid so you don’t have to measure it again.
- When you’re done creating the frame, you want tape off the square or you can draw on the polaroid first and then you can put tape on it. You can use whatever tape you would like but make sure the tape comes off of the paper and doesn’t ruin it or the painting. When you’re done taping the paper down, you can paint whatever you would like.
So, now let us discuss top 3 Photography inspired Polaroid paintings ideas.
Cat Watching the Sunset in a Field
- You want to start off by making the sunset first and you want to start from the lightest color. Start painting with the color yellow at the bottom and then pink in the middle and purple on the top. You can also blend these colors in so there was a pretty transition in between each color.
- Next you want a hill to be and then paint it black.After you’re done painting the hill, you can paint a cat and some tall grass using a thin paintbrush.
- When the paint is completely dry, you can carefully pull off the tape.
- If some of paint went under the tape you can try wetting your paintbrush and wet the spot that has paint. Then you want to dry your paintbrush and paint over it with a clean paintbrush to pick up the color and want to wash off the color off of the paintbrush and repeat the same steps. You may have to do this a few times to pick up the paint. If you didn’t have this problem you can continue to the next step.
- When you’re completely done with your painting and if you see any pencil markings around the border of the frame you can erase them.
- When the polaroid becomes dry and if it’s not flat you can place something over it like a book for a few hours or days so it can flatten out but it may not flatten out completely. It will just look better.
- Sunflower is another photography inspired polaroid paintings ideas. The first thing you want to do is to make a circle to make the middle of the flower. Use washi tape on the left side of the polaroid to create the middle of the flower.
- Then you want to draw the petals of the flower around the circle.
- Before painting anything, partially erase the lines but keep them so that you could still see them, so the lines won’t be too dark underneath of the paint. This is an optional step.
- Once you like how your sunflower drawing looks, you can paint the sunflower.
- When the sunflower is dry, you want to paint the sky blue or another color.
- After you’re done painting the sky and while it dries, you can paint the middle of the sunflower brown.
- When the painting is completely dry, you want to outline the sunflower. If you want you can also give some draw one line next the middle of flower on each petal to give the petals some detail.
- When you’re completely done with your painting you can pull off the tape and erase any pencil markings around the border of the frame.
- Just like the first Polaroid and after the painting is dry, you can place something over it to flatten it for a few hours or days so the paper isn’t warped but it may not flatten out completely. It will just look better than what it looked like before.
- Moon is one of the interesting polaroid paintings ideas. You want to draw either a crescent moon or a full moon in the middle. Trace half a roll of washi tape and draw a curved line to create a crescent moon. Then tape the Polaroid down.
- Next step is to erase half of the moon so draw a place where the clouds could go.
- Now start painting with your preferred colors. You want to start from light color and then you want to go to dark colors. You can paint the clouds a dark purple.
- When the clouds become dry, you want to paint your sky any color that you want. Paint the sky black and the closer you get to the moon, make the black lighter.
- After the paint becomes dry, you can create some stars. You can do this by watering down some white acrylic paint and flick the bristles of a paintbrush towards the sky with your finger. Alternatively, you can cover the clouds with a scrap piece of paper so the paint doesn’t get on the clouds.
- Outline the clouds with a dark purple to make the clouds in the front stand out more.
- The last thing you can do is that you can erase any pencil markings and then you’re all done.
- Just like the other polaroid, when the painting is dry you can put something over it for a few hours so it doesn’t become as warped and probably won’t flatten out completely. It will look better.