DIY :: Watercolor Linens

watercolor water color tie dye dip dye linen fabric napkin ombre paint

These days, it feels like just about everything looks better ombre’d, doesn’t it? From hair to clothing to decor, the trend has taken over every facet of the design world. Of course, we’re not complaining – we’ve fallen for the look along with the rest of you. So we thought it was due time that we added a dip dye style DIY to our discipline by creating ombre linens… only this craft actually doesn’t use dip dying to achieve the trendy look. Instead, we used spray bottles and artists watercolor, and the result is a lovely napkin that’s perfect for a springtime tabletop. Follow the jump for the easy instructions!

watercolor water color tie dye dip dye linen fabric napkin ombre paint

watercolor water color tie dye dip dye linen fabric napkin ombre paint

watercolor water color tie dye dip dye linen fabric napkin ombre paint

watercolor water color tie dye dip dye linen fabric napkin ombre paint

  1. Squeeze 2 to 3 drops of watercolor into the spray bottle and fill with water. If the solution is darker than you prefer, continue to pour out half the solution at a time and dilute with water until it’s to your satisfaction.
  2. Lay your linen out flat (we used a gauzy napkin).
  3. Begin spraying an organically-shaped form in a single color. While it’s still wet, begin spraying along edges with a second color so that the two blend. Play around with spraying several coats for darker shades. Continue to do so all around the cloth, leaving some white spaces throughout.
  4. Allow to dry. If touch-ups need to be made, repeat by spraying in desired areas and allowing to dry once again.

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45 Responses to “DIY :: Watercolor Linens”

  1. Freya

    Such a cool idea! And I agree, I think everything looks a bit better with a stain of color :)

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  2. Karin

    What a fun project. I bet you had lots of fun creating these!

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  3. Alyssa

    These are gorgeous–what a fun project! They would be great for housewarming parties this summer

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  4. Chelsea Jones

    Lovely! One question… What happens when you wash them? Did you use a dye-set, or can you use one on watercolors?

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  5. Kristie

    Love this and think I’ll have to try! One question, will it wash out in the laundry??

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  6. Jacqui

    These are beautiful! Does the color stay after they’re washed though?

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    • Camille Styles

      All good questions, ladies. :) We’re going to give it a test run this weekend and will report back!! xx

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  7. Kristina Gulino

    Awesome!! I’d love to make some kelly green or yellow ones for summer outdoor dinner parties. You’re right, they’re just to pretty to pass up :)

    Kristina
    Nook & Sea

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  8. liz

    Great DIY, love how they turned out :)

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  9. Debra Kapellakis

    very pretty

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  10. Jenna

    I think maybe this would work better in blue or green. In this red/pink, it just looks like a stained napkin. I have two smal kids so I already have loads that look like this!

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    • Camille Styles

      Ha! interesting… I love this combo, but I’d love to see pics of your blue or green version. Sounds gorgeous!

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  11. Eleni | My Paradissi

    So nice! And I love the shades you picked. I think I’ll be trying this one out =)

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  12. how2home

    this is my first time visiting your blog and its so lovely! This post looks really fun and easy to make, it’d be great to have kids to be involved too. How is the napkin after its washed? Is it still the same or it’d be lighter?

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  13. Dennise

    holy crap this is amazing! super simple too! can’t wait to try this! xoxo

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  14. Janessa

    I love it!

    But then my mum’s voice popped into my head, “Did I never teach you to never mix white with colours when you do the laundry?! You’ve just ruined a good piece of linen there. Tsk tsk.”

    Mothers. sigh.

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  15. Dom

    I’m trying to dye scarves so that they get the “watercolor” motif. I hadn’t considered spray bottles for color though. I’ll be practicing with actual fabric dye! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. sadiemaesays

    So how did they do with washing?!

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  17. elisabet

    Yes, how did they go with the washing. want to do it myself but want to know if it works or not..

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  18. MarieRose

    Did the color wash out? I am trying to do this to a duvet cover to achieve the same look.

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  19. jennyl

    These are gorgeous! Can you please update us on how they wash? THANK YOU!

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  20. HarvestingLoveEvents

    Hey,

    I just tried these out and did a quick wash. I decided to hand wash it and the colors faded a tad bit after it. It still looks good though! Great tutorial!

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  21. Lauren

    Can you suggest of where to source the fabric or napkins that you used in this tutorial?

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  22. Andrea Studebaker

    I like these. There is a lot of room for creating your own style with this project. I have two questions:

    1) Does the fabric have to be linen, or can you use other materials?

    2) How do you keep the color from washing out when you launder the linens? I mean, it is watercolor.

    Thanks for a great idea!

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