Dinner Setting Placecards & Menu
It is hard to believe that it’s November already, but that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I love celebrating the holiday with our family and spending the weeks before planning and shopping. I’m a big fan of using bright and slightly unconventional colors to add decorative touches to our table, so this year I thought I’d try my hand at painting and lettering a menu and placecards. It takes a little bit of practice, but it makes all the difference one the dinner table — give it a try!
p.s. this is a fake Thanksgiving dinner menu, so no luck to family members trying to get a sneak peak!
1. Trim paper
— start by cuing a piece of watercolor paper into two 8 X 5″ pieces. This makes a great menu size. Then, to create the placecards, cut one 8 X 5 piece into two, 4 X 5″ pieces. You’ll fold those in half to create the placard tents after they are painted.
2. Paint paper
— next use the watercolor brush markers
to create whatever background you’d like. I’m obsessed with stripes, so I created a variety of thicknesses and colors, similar to these cute watercolor bookmarks
. The most amazing part of the markers is how they blend together, so be sure to try it. I also used the pearlescent set
to add a little stripe of gold at the top and bottom of the menu and placecards — just keep in mind that it is hard to write over the pearlescent paint, so limit it to an accent color.
3. Letter menu + placecards
— I actually have awful handwriting but I’ve wanted to learn calligraphy for a long time now. I sort of cheated here by trying a very simplified version of hand lettering. OOLY has great tutorials for both ends of their calligraphy markers
, so check those out first. Basically, I used the chisel tip end held at an angle and wrote my letters in a thin line, then I went back and thickened the downstrokes of each letter. Not perfect, but I’ve got time to practice!
Thanks so much for following along and be sure to tag @weareOOLY with any crafts you make this holiday season!
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