I love making my own curtains and am no stranger to these types of DIY projects. You can also check out my black and white checkered curtains, my black and white painted curtains and DIY horizontal striped curtains if today’s pattern isn’t your thing.
DIY Marbled Watercolor Curtains
These watercolor curtains were inspired by a Jonathan Adler box I had purchased at JCPenney a while back. I wanted to nail down the same type of marbled watercolor pattern and I believe I accomplished that.
A major plus was that I happened to have everything I needed for the project. I didn’t need to buy a single thing. Hoarding pays off sometimes folks, I tell ya.
Materials needed for watercolor curtains:
- paint samples in just the right colors but you can use any type of craft paint
(most of them were $1 oops paint samples)
- black fabric paint pens
- fabric medium
- prewashed and ironed Ikea Merete curtains
- large bowls
- various different sized brushes
- tarp and painter’s tape optional
Instructions for how to paint watercolor curtains
You need the same amount of large bowls as you have paint color samples. I used 5 different colors to achieve the look of my watercolor curtains.
Watering down your paint
I used a little bit of paint and an equal amount of fabric medium and then watered everything down immensely. Yes, really really watered down as you can see in the little buckets. It was around one tablespoon of paint and a full mixing bowl of water. This all obviously depends on how saturated you want your curtains to look in color.
Then I tried the colors and technique out on a piece of scrap fabric.
This is where you get to play around with the different sized brushes to create different thicknesses of veins for the marbled effect.
I noticed that I needed to add some more paint to the dark pink watered down color to have a more saturated color for that specific vein to replicate the look of the box.
Finding a spot to paint your watercolor curtains:
After that, I taped a piece of plastic to the floor in the driveway and placed my prewashed (very important) panels on top.
Then I went to town by loosely painting in hints of colored veins as you can see in this little gif. Just replicate what you already practiced on the scrap piece of fabric.
The entire process is as simple as layering different colors in wavy patterned lines. I started with the lightest color and painted waves all over the curtain followed by layering the darker ones on top.
I know they are barely visible in the bright sunlight. And it was windy that day too. That’s why the tarp is moving like that.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish all the painting in my driveway because a thunderstorm ruined that for me. Bummer, but I think you get the idea, right?
I had to go inside and finish the rest on my dining room table.
After I painted all the different colors in, I went over it with a black fabric pen and a tiny bit of red here and there but the red detail is definitely not needed. You can barely see the red in the photos.
Embrace imperfections! That’s key for this project.
In the end, I heat set the marbled watercolor pattern with my iron.
Photos of the finished watercolor curtains:
Over time I have placed the curtains all over the house to change up the looks of our rooms. They even made it into an issue of DIY magazine.
I received the great honor of being included in domino magazines round-up of The 17 Best DIY Blogs.
I have been a huge fan of domino for a long long time and I’m pinching myself that they included me in this incredible group of bloggers. Check out who else is on that list!!!!! Vintage Revivals, Young House Love, Centsational Girl…!!!!!!!! And lots of other amazing blogs!