Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Splash around with one of the prettiest trends in design. Learn why watercolor works in this article.

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Trend Watch: Watercolors

Nothing is quite like the meditative qualities of watercolor paint. Just watching the water mix with beautiful colors becomes a relaxing experience every creative person can enjoy.

But as therapeutic as this medium is, it’s often thought to be quite tricky. However, you can still enjoy all the amazing qualities of this art by using digital assets in your work.

Today we’ll discuss one of the prettiest trends to hit the design industry: watercolor design. Let’s see what we love about this trend and go over a few of our favorite resources.

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

What We Love About This Trend

Do you enjoy painting with watercolors? Let’s check out a few key features of this trend:

  • Beautiful, fluid watercolors. Put on any YouTube video to see the magic of watercolor painting in action. Water and bright vivid paints blend together for a lovely, dreamy result.
  • Amazing Texture. Handmade crafts like watercolors always create fascinating textures. A cross between grunge and rough watercolor paper, this texture can be applied to many unique designs.
  • Multipurpose. Whether you’re celebrating an upcoming wedding or designing a party flyer, there are many ways to take advantage of watercolor paint. Experiment with different styles for more inspiration!

Fun Watercolor Lessons

From traditional paintings to stunning digital prints, our experts have made lots of fun tutorials to satisfy your watercolor interests! Check out these lessons to learn more about this trend:

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    Watercolor
    Introduction to Traditional Media: Watercolour
    Tracy Butler

     

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    Text Effects
    How to Create a Watercolor Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
    Rose

     

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    Textures
    How to Create a Watercolor Texture in Adobe Illustrator
    Mary Winkler

     

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    Weddings
    How to Create a Watercolor Wedding Invitation in Adobe InDesign
    Grace Fussell

     

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    Painting
    How to Create Unique Paint Effects With Watercolour and Gouache
    Tracy Butler

     

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    Watercolor
    How to Create a Galaxy Pet Portrait Using Watercolour Paint
    Holly Moses

     

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    Character Design
    How to Create a Watercolor Mermaid Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
    Maria Dimova

     

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    Drawing
    How to Stretch Paper for Watercolour and Gouache and Avoid My Mistakes!
    Tracy Butler

     

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    Illustration
    Create an Illustrated Watercolor and Ink Photo Effect in Photoshop
    Sheridan Johns

     

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    Watercolor
    How to Create a Realistic Watercolor Photoshop Brushes From Scratch
    Ivan Gromov

     

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    Brushes
    How to Make Your Own Watercolor Brushes in Adobe Photoshop
    Mary Winkler

     

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    Photo Manipulation
    How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Portrait in Photoshop
    Wojciech Pijecki

     

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    Global Influences
    How to Create a Traditional Chinese Bird and Flower Painting Using Gradient Mesh
    Dao Lian

     

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    Photo Manipulation
    Illustrate a Dramatic, Feather-Infused Portrait in Adobe Photoshop
    Anna Dittmann

     

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    Tools & Tips
    Quick Tip: How to Create a Watercolor Background Using Adobe Illustrator
    Iaroslav Lazunov

     

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    Effects
    Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop
    Fabio Sasso

     

20 Amazing Watercolor Design Assets

Can’t get enough watercolor design? Download these premium resources from ThemeKeeper Market and ThemeKeeper Elements to aid in your digital creations.

Explore this beautiful selection of premium goodies, from abstract backgrounds to print templates and more!

Watercolor Seamless Patterns

A simple pattern can do just the trick to transform your work. This particular watercolor set is a designer’s dream! Featuring 10 watercolor patterns all available as high-resolution jpegs, these patterns are simply chic and elegant. Try them out with your stationery or scrapbooking projects!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Wild Feathers Business Card Template

Your business cards should show off your profession in the best light. So make a strong impact with this divine business card template. Showcasing a lovely set of wild watercolor feathers on the font, this template lets you place all your pertinent information on the back. Try it out!

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12 Watercolor Backgrounds

Add a special watercolor background to your designs with this set of stunning backgrounds. These handmade designs have all been scanned in at high resolutions to help you create top-quality work. Get access to 12 different backgrounds with varying textures and colors.

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Birthday Invitation

Invite your friends and family to your birthday with a sweet watercolor invite. This design features a simple, minimalist style with just a splash of watercolor at the bottom. Update the text and date with your party details to get started today!

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Watercolor Flower Elements

Need a few watercolor elements for your invites, stationery, and prints? Then check out this amazing floral set. Perfect for most packaging and print-related work, these elements are 100% vector and ready to use. Choose from 70 handmade elements like flowers and pre-built bouquets!

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Big Watercolor Floral Collection

Creating watercolor flowers is one of the first lessons you learn when trying this medium. But if you’re short on time, simply use this colorful collection to inspire great design! Included in this floral set are eight PNG files with a handful of watercolor elements. With a choice of everything from flowers to wreaths and swashes, you’ll definitely love this selection!

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Watercolor for Illustrator

You can still access the beautiful colors and textures of watercolor, even when working in Illustrator. This Watercolor for Illustrator pack makes it possible with a handful of helpful premium goodies. Get access to 18 seamless swatches and even bonus vector logos!

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Watercolor Art Flyer Template

Create an art gallery experience like no other with this watercolor template. Featuring a unique design covered in various watercolor splashes, this template is simple and easy to use. Simply open the well-organized file to get access to fully editable layers in Adobe Photoshop.

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Watercolor Graphic Elements Kit

Need a few speech bubbles or arrows for your designs? Consider making them in watercolor! For an interesting look, this graphic elements kit provides everything you need to add special watercolor accents to your work. Have fun with this massive collection of over 150 watercolor elements and shapes.

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Watercolor Action

Turn your photos into beautiful watercolor paintings with this Photoshop action. Created for versions CS3 and above, this action is supported by both PC and Mac devices. Design a magical look with a few short clicks and various color options. Give it a try!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Save The Date Postcard

Designers are becoming more and more creative with wedding stationery. And you can send unique postcards to all your loved ones with this phenomenal template. This download includes two Photoshop files with front and back designs and even a helpful instructional guide!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Watercolor Anniversary Invitation

How long have you been married? Celebrate your anniversary with this elegant invitation. Perfect for couples or experienced designers, this template is easy to edit. Get access to fully customizable images, colors and text effects for a wonderful look!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Watercolor Vector Art Brushes

Add a few watercolor splashes to your vector work with this Illustrator brush set. Designed with handmade textures, this collection includes 30 vector art brushes and so much more! Enjoy the bonus pattern and paper textures to make the most out of your designs!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Watercolor Paint Mock Up

Add some life to your timelines with this gorgeous watercolor mockup. Featuring several realistic scenes to choose from, this mockup is easy to use. Just drag and drop your art into the premade smart objects to enjoy a professional result in seconds!

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10 Watercolor Backgrounds

You can never have enough watercolor backgrounds in your arsenal. This amazing set features 10 high-resolution backgrounds all created at 3000×2000 pixels. Insert these backgrounds into your web or print designs for a phenomenal result.

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Watercolor Brushes and Textures

Traditional textures are possible in Adobe Illustrator. And you can incorporate glorious watercolor brushes and textures into your work using this phenomenal pack. Simply copy and paste these brushes to your file to get access to more options. Try it out!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Easter Egg Hunt Flyer

Where have all the Easter eggs gone? Create a fun environment for your kiddies with this delightful Easter-themed flyer. Featuring a vibrant watercolor style with adorable bunny characters, this flyer can be customized fast. Choose between five color variations for more amazing looks!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Concecrate Watercolor Poster

Or throw an awesome party or club event with this watercolor poster! Featuring a stunning abstract design with fluid watercolors, this poster is easily editable with Adobe Photoshop. Update it with your event details before sending it straight to the printer. Check it out!

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

100 Abstract Watercolor Backgrounds

The beauty of abstract design is that it’s multipurpose. And this watercolor background set is the perfect addition to any creative project. Get access to 100 astounding watercolor backgrounds suitable for print, posters, and web.

Trend Watch: Watercolor Design

Watercolor Wedding Invitation

Simplify your wedding budget with this elegant invitation set. Featuring print-ready files you can easily download, this pack includes invites, RSVP cards, and so much more. Enjoy nine total files you can easily update in Adobe Photoshop. Download it now!

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Show Us Your Watercolor Designs!

If you’re as fond of the watercolor trend as we are, show us your work! Post a result showing us how you work with watercolors and let us know your favorites in the comments below.

This has been a collection of tutorials and premium resources perfect for the avid designer. For more trendy watercolor assets, check out ThemeKeeper Market and ThemeKeeper Elements. Happy designing!