Watercolor Nursery Quotes

Happy Friday! Excited for the weekend? I am! Even though there’s a slight chance of rain, temperatures are supposed to get to the 60s and maybe even 70s. This lady is ready to spend some time outdoors and take Olivia on a nice long walk.

Speaking of Olivia, I’m still working on decorating her nursery. I have a good idea of what I want to do, but I just need to find the time to work on the projects now… Life with a newborn.

Before she was born, I did work on getting some nursery quotes framed. It all started with my obsession with the song “Cecilia and the Satellite” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Specially with the lyric “for all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you”. Well, turns out he actually wrote the song for his daughter before she was born. Somehow, I wanted to incorporate in the nursery somehow and came up with the idea of framing a few quotes.

Watercolor Nursery Quotes

After searching around the web, these are the four I decided on:

  • “For all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you. For all the places I have been, I’m no place without you. For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you” by McMahon
  • “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship” by Louisa May Alcott
  • “For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean pr glide over the highest cloud” by JK Rowling (via Dumbledore)
  • “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think” by AA Milne (via Winnie the Pooh)

Nursery Quotes quote printouts

And so, I gathered my supplies (4 5×7 raw picture frames, watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, brush and water, permanent black ink marker).

Nursery Quotes frame

The first thing I did was disassemble the frames so they could be painted. I chose a very light gray similar to the crib and changing table.

Nursery Quotes assembly

Then, I cut my watercolor paper to size.

Nursery Quotes paper

With some watercolor pencils, mine were Derwent, lightly color the whole page. I ended up doing a light to dark grading.

Nursery Quotes watercolor pencils

Then, with a wet brush, pass over the whole page to wet the pencil marks and create the watercolor effect.

Nursery Quotes background paper

To pass the quotes to the paper, assemble the quote printout with the corresponding watercolor paper in a light table. Or, like in my case, on a window with light behind it. Whatever works.

Nursery Quotes setup

With a permanent marker, mine was a Staedtler Lumocolor, carefully trace the quote. This gives it a hand lettering look without the potential messiness.

Nursery Quotes marker Nursery Quotes trace

Let the ink fully dry.

 Nursery Quotes dry

Assemble the frames.

Nursery Quotes in frames

Hang in the nursery where desired. Since I put mine on top of the crib, I hammered nails through the front of the frames to prevent them from the possibility of falling. Nobody wants that.

Nursery Quotes with Frames

(Follow this tutorial to make the nautical paper mobile)

I absolutely love how they turned out and how they are a friendly reminder of the importance of love, dreams and strength. I read them every day.

Nursery Quotes

Have a great weekend!

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