DIY HONEYCOMB PATTERN – How to transfer a printed pattern to watercolor paper

Happy Wednesday, all! Today I have a fun technique to share with you that I remember doing back in elementary school. I was reminded of this technique when I wanted to created a precise honeycomb pattern on watercolor paper, but knew it would be difficult to draw one by hand. Then I remembered this technique!

(Wondering what I used on this card? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

First, I created this honeycomb pattern on my computer. You can download a PDF of the pattern here.

Then I printed the pattern out on regular printer paper. I scribbled on the back of the paper using a soft graphite pencil. I used a Blackwing Pearl pencil that I picked up from JetPens a few weeks ago (which, by the way, that pencil is simply amazing–I love the eraser on the end!), but any pencil like a number 2 pencil would work just as well. Then I taped the watercolor paper behind the printed pattern and traced the printed lines with the pencil. The pressure from the pencil transfers the scribbled graphite to the watercolor paper.

Ta-da! Transferred pattern. :)

I watercolored my pattern using Mijello Mission Gold watercolors, and then did a light coat of a gold pearlescent watercolor over the top. I used the Gansai Tambi Starry Night palette for the gold watercolor.

The cute bee image and greeting from Paper Smooches’ Courteous Cuties stamp set were then stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I also stamped a border line stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s Artful Borders stamp set.

I finished off the card by adhering the watercolor piece to some Licorice Twist black cardstock from Bazzill using foam tape, and then added some yellow sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)


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