15 Creative and Unique Watercolor Ideas For Beginners

Getting creative is an excellent way to relieve stress, clear your mind, and have a little bit of fun. The simple act of making something can take you from being an uptight mess to channeling your energy into a project that will make you feel relaxed and accomplished by the end of it. If you are looking to have some traditional fun while also creating something that you can be proud of in the end, these creative and unique watercolor ideas for beginners just might be exactly what you need. You do not have to be Pablo Picasso to make any of these beautiful DIY watercolor experiments, you just need the supplies and a little creativity.

1. Custom Watercolor Sneakers

Since the watercolor aesthetic is very popular right now, there has never been a better time to make yourself a cute pair of watercolor shoes. Though your parents might have told you to never paint or draw on your shoes, we have to assume that they would absolutely adore this creative look. Simply buy a pair of plain white shoes, pick a color or two, and let the paints seep right in. This looks particularly great as ombre.

2. Watercolor Signs For Game Day

Though traditional flags that you can buy at the store might be fun, we are in support of this creative alternative that involves choosing your team colors and making simple flags. You can paint the colors in stripes, go for that trendy misshapen watercolor look that the medium is known for, or even paint a logo on top if you are feeling daring. No one will have more team spirit than you!

3. One Of A Kind Designer Watercolor Gift Bags

There is nothing more annoying than going to buy a gift bag for someone and realizing that the limited selection available just does not look up to par. With this project, you can turn a simple white bag into a beautiful and artsy gift bag with a color that matches your recipient. For added fun, you can even paint their name once the color dries.

4. Exciting Geometric Watercolor Designs

Despite the fact that geometric designs look like they are all made by professionals, you can actually accomplish this task quite easily by drawing your design or outlining it with tape, and then letting your paint fly across it. Once the paint has dried, you will be amazed to see a stunning piece of art left behind.

5. Fun Name Tags

It might just be easier to take a piece of paper and fold it in half to make a name tag, but where is the fun in that? Using a little creativity and a splash of watercolor, any beginner can take a simple name card and turn it into a beautiful and thematic name plate that will look amazing at any event, especially weddings.

6. Your Very Own Custom Cards

Whether you are buying Christmas cards, thank you cards, or birthday cards, they can get seriously expensive. Now you can save on costs and put a little extra heart into any card you send by taking a plain white card and simply applying the watercolor of your choice. The result is stunning, and no one even has to know that you’re a total beginner.

7. Chic Signs For Your Bedroom

Watercolor art as a look is very in right now, which is why it can be so fun to decorate your room with splashes of color and design throughout. By merely taking a sturdy piece of white paper and applying a color or two, you can make an easy image that looks like something you would buy in the store the second you apply a frame.

8. Pastel Watercolor Shoelaces

Shoelaces aren’t generally the first thing that people think of when it comes to making custom pieces of art, but a colored pair of shoelaces with some white shoes can actually create a stunning visual effect. All you have to do is mix some watercolor into water, dip your shoelaces, and let them dry. If you want to use two colors, a lighter and darker shade of the same color can make for a beautiful finish.

9. Rainbow Watercolor Picture

If there is any one shape that looks absolutely amazing in watercolor, the rainbow is it. Whether you’re preparing for your next big pride event or you merely want to create a picture that a unicorn would be proud of, you are a few simple lines of paint away from making something creative and dazzling.

10. Ombré Watercolor Signs With A Name Or Word Of Your Choosing

This idea is increasing in popularity because word signs have proven time and time again to make a room absolutely pop. You can choose any word, or even use your own name, to make a beautiful sign with a watercolor base that will without question show everyone just how creative you are. You can buy the letters from your local craft store and go from there!

11. DIY Custom Notebook Covers

Fancy notebooks can be pretty expensive, which is why any beginner should take a chance at making their own. A simple watercolor notebook not only looks amazing, but allows you to make something fully custom for you to jot down your treasured ideas in.

12. Trendy Watercolor Mugs

There are few things more important on this planet than having a good mug so you can get your coffee, tea, or hot cocoa fix. Using minimal effort, you can turn a plain white mug into a chic and trendy vessel that no one will believe you made yourself. Though this one technically relies on nail polish, the watercolor principles are still there.

13. Watercolor Easter Egg Decorations

Though a real egg will not hold if you leave it out for too long, buying a cardboard or wooden egg and dipping it in watercolor the same way you would dye an egg in your kitchen is a great way to make decorations that can stay with you year after year that you are certain to love. Since you have probably been dying eggs since you were a child, you know the process, which makes this great for beginners. If you are feeling adventurous, there is no limit on how far you can take this.

14. Splash of (Water) Color Gift Tags

You do not have to be a brilliant artist to make these simple and stunning custom gift tags that just involve taking a plain white tag, picking a color, and spending a little time methodically splashing them with color. This creative effect is beautiful and will bring a little extra love to any present you give.

15. Custom Watercolor Invites

If you are planning a wedding or throwing a party, one great way to creatively cut costs is to make your own invites. Though you can certainly go fully custom and do all of the lettering yourself, a popular decision is to pay the bare minimum by ordering simple plain white invites and then adding a splash of water color that matches your theme on top.


Any beginner needs a place to start, and when it comes to making art, your main focus should always be creativity and self expression. Trying your hand at any of these unique watercolor ideas is a great way to get used to painting and mixing colors before you jump straight in to making complex watercolor masterpieces. At the end of the day, you just need to have fun and remember that practice makes perfect.

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