Using Painting Techinques and Materials in Jewelry-Making

making watercolor jewelry“Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface (support base). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. .. such surfaces as paper, canvas, wood, glass, lacquer, clay, leaf, copper, and may incorporate multiple other materials including sand, clay, paper, gold leaf as well as objects.” (

From this description you can see there are many different ways to apply paint and many different surfaces to which paint can be applied.  These techniques are not hard to learn yet they are sadly underused in jewelry. Let these artists give you some wonderful ideas on how to include this wonderful art form in your next jewelry project.

Be sure to stock up on the findings, beads, and tools that complete these projects.

First Jennifer Perkins shares her visit with a friend where they get creative with paint to create unique earrings.  They walk you through all the steps for using this fresh idea for jewelry.  What you can create is wearable art!

From paper with purple paint to one of a kind earrings

“Recycle your old hotel room keys to use as a paint spreader. We smooshed the paint all over our water color paper for a nice smeared look with even coverage.”

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Kim has a wonderful free style to her painted jewelry.  Painting is not something that is uptight and confining.  Feel free to use bold strokes and colors.

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“Everyone is born with creativity. But those people who appear to be super creative have a secret. They know that creativity has to be developed and exercised to come easily. I am on a quest to immerse myself in creativity of all kinds. I hope you will join me!”

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This next artist, Ross Barbera is simply amazing and very generous with sharing his skills.  He has made many, many tutorials that teach how to incorporate watercolor into jewelry.  Be sure to check out all of his videos on YouTube and on his web site

How to make Watercolor Paper Earrings

” I do not recommend mod podge for projects like this, as it does not dry hard enough to work well. The Minwax varnish creates a nice hard, durable surface.”

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Kirsten Nunez takes a different track for using paint.  She uses fabric as a support base for the water color pigments for a very soft and romantic result.  Experiment with different support bases when you make jewelry with paint.

DIY: Watercolor Petal Necklace

“I also happen to love watercolors, so I thought this would be the perfect chance to combine craft and art.”

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Watercolor Jewelry

“Then put Banana paper on the backs  before applying six to seven coats of polyacrylic (with sanding between each coat).”

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Step out of your comfort zone and try painting techniques in your jewelry.  Even beginners can create stunning results!


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Lisa Allen wrote 382 articles on this blog.

I am constantly searching out fabulous jewelry supplies for jewelry-making and crafts and jewelry making tutorials. In my spare time I also enjoy time with my family, my Guitar, and books.