DIY: Watercolor Affirmation Cards

DIY: Watercolor Affirmation Cards #tutorial

I’m currently reading the book, Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. I’ve been stuck in a chapter that’s all about incorporating positive thinking into our everyday lives and shooing away the negative chatterbox we have in our heads. This is something I definitely need to work on! One step she suggests, is to make your own affirmation cards and place them around your home as a reminder to embrace ‘happy thoughts’ instead of dwell on the negative.

Last weekend, I made a trip up to Seattle to visit friends. While spending the afternoon with Alison at her shop in Issaquah, I finally sat down and made these watercolor affirmation cards. I love how they turned out and was excited to bring them home and display them.

DIY: Watercolor Affirmation Cards #tutorial

Supplies Needed:

• Watercolor paper
• Watercolor paint and brushes
• Scissors or x-acto knife

The first step is to paint a wash of watercolor over your entire page. I do this by first covering the paper in plain water, then adding in color. The wet watercolor paper will help to distribute the paint and create the ‘wash’ effect. You can use your brush to blend in different colors. Once you’ve covered your entire page, let it dry completely.

DIY: Watercolor Affirmation Cards #tutorial

Once dry, cut your watercolor page into small cards. I cut mine to be 3″ x 4″.

DIY: Watercolor Affirmation Cards #tutorial

Next choose your affirmations! An affirmation is a positive statement that something is already happening. I came up with a bunch of different phrases that were meaningful to me. Once you’ve chosen a word or phrase, write it on a card. I used black watercolor to paint my affirmations directly on the card, so I made sure to practice using my brush in my sketchbook.

An affirmation is a positive statement that something is already happening.

DIY: Watercolor Affirmation Cards #tutorial

You could also use a pen or ink to write on your cards. Whatever you are most comfortable with!

After I finished writing my affirmations, I used a small brush to paint some complimentary designs on each card, making each one unique.

DIY: Watercolor Affirmation Cards #tutorial


  1. says

    I love these! I’m a recent graduate of the color of woman teacher training, and one of our projects during out teacher training was creating a deck of Soulful Story Affirmation cards! This is a wonderful group activity as well, and often folks are working on auditing similar “stories!” We generally year the cards (dampen the edge first!) .. but I’m smitten with a friend’s set of round cards!
    Your cards are beautiful!