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How to Create Watercolor Art Using Your Phone


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Welcome! I am so glad you’re here for week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin from Lemon’s, Lavender, and Laundry. You may have seen Erin talk about this challenge on the Rachael Ray Show. which happens twice a year, in January and September. Bloggers have one month to completely transform a space with a budget of $100. I love this challenge because of all of the creative inspiration you will find here. I am updating my dark, boring foyer into a space with bright welcoming space with character and style. If you are following my progress on Instagram or Facebook, you have seen a glimpse of some of my progress.

As a part of the $100 Room Challenge, my foyer received a board and batten wall. This simple DIY project made a large impact in a small space!  Now, I am adding some beautiful, personalized artwork for a very low cost!

Did you know you can create a watercolor using any image from your phone with an app? That’s right!  No artistic skill needed. I learned about it a few years ago when reading my friend, KariAnne’s blogpost from Thistlewood Farms. I recently stumbled across this idea again while scrolling Pinterest and my wheels started turning.


Almost every summer, Andy, Chris, Elisabeth, and I visit Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Cape Cod. It is our favorite vacation spot and a place that represents so many wonderful family memories. While there, I always snap photos of the gorgeous landscape and scenic views.  I was recently scrolling through the thousands of pictures on my phone and found many from our last few trips.  Why not turn some into watercolors that would decorate our walls?


While I love the original pictures, I also love the soft, muted look of these watercolors. I am happy to share these Martha’s Vineyard Watercolors with you! If you would like these printables for yourself, you can click here to subscribe to my email list and get access to your free download. If you would like to make some of your own, just follow these simple steps:

How to Create a Watercolor Using Your Phone

  1. Downloaded the Waterlogue app.  It is currently $4.99 in the app store.
  2. Tap on the photo icon on the left to upload your photo.
  3. Choose the filter you would like.
  4. Keep scrolling over to the right to adjust the size and lighting.  You can add a border here too!
  5. When you’re happy with your picture, hit the icon on the right to save it or share it.

I emailed these to myself, resized them using PicMonkey, printed them on watercolor paper, and popped them into some frames. So easy!


I had some old frames that I was planning to spray paint to save money for this $100 Room Challenge, but it has been so cold here in Connecticut that spray painting is not currently an option. Instead, I picked up these frames from Michael’s Crafts. They were on sale…buy one and get two free and I was able to use a teacher discount as well. Three matted frames cost about $20. I think it was a great deal. It did put a little dent into my $100 budget for this space, but I think they were well worth it.

When you enter our home now and are greeted with these watercolor prints, it truly feels like home. Now, these precious memories are preserved as artwork on our foyer walls.


What pictures would you like to transform into a watercolor?

Thank you so much to Erin from Lemon’s, Lavender, and Laundry for hosting this challenge. Be sure stop back every next to see my progress and the work of all the other talented people joining the challenge.

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  1. The water color art is such a great idea! Every time you walk through your foyer, you will be reminded of fun family vacation! I look forward to seeing your project when it’s finished.

    1. I appreciate your kind words, Dara! It’s fun to have our memories preserved as watercolors. I am looking forward to sharing more of our foyer soon! Wishing you a great week!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Lauren! I am so excited to finally see this space coming together. I hope you’re having a great week!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! It’s such a great app. and is so much fun to use! Hope you’re enjoying a great week!

  2. Your watercolor art looks fabulous over your board and batten wall. I haven’t used Waterlogue in a long time and am glad that you reminded me of it. It’s not on my phone now, so I might have to buy it again, but it is well worth the money. When I used to have it I did several pictures of Sherman and one of me and Sherman that I used to have hanging in my classroom. The kids loved it and most thought it was a real painting. You are super to offer your beautiful Martha’s Vineyard prints to your subscribers. Very pretty!

    1. Thank you so much, Paula! I bet your pictures of you and Sherman are precious! That is such a great idea. I will have to print some of pictures of Teddy and Ben to share with my students too!

  3. Julie Briones says:

    Those watercolor prints are PERFECT for your entryway! It looks like you are done! Are you? Can’t wait to see the final budget and finishing touches! Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I have another project planned for this week. Looking forward to sharing it soon! xo

  4. I just found out about this app a few days ago. Thank you for sharing how beautiful they turn out. Loving your newly done space. I can’t wait to give this app a try.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Sonya! The app is so much fun…I am loving it and I hope you do too! Have a great week!

  5. What a great idea! I love the look of the watercolor images as they soften the intensity of regular photography… and what a budget-friendly project! I pinned this for future reference 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Erin! I love this challenge that you host because so many budget-friendly ideas are shared! Looking forward to seeing all of the reveals! Wishing you a wonderful week!

  6. I can’t think of anything more perfect to hang above your beautiful new board and batten entry wall. I bet you smile every time you come home! It looks really lovely, Lynne 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! I appreciate your kind words. I do smile every time I walk by…Martha’s Vineyard is my favorite place. During the dull winter months, this is a great reminder of summer! Hope you’re having a great week!

  7. Lynne, first hi and hope you are doing well. I love your board and batten wall. And I really love the information about the watercolor app. Great resource to know about. We’ve only be to Martha’s Vineyard once, but we loved it and hope to go back some day. I’m so glad you shared this idea on Tuesday Turn About.

    1. Hi Carol! I hope you are well! Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you hosting Tuesday Turn About. You always have such beautiful features. Best wishes for a wonderful week!

  8. Thanks for sharing about this app Lynne! I have so many pics I could use this on and then offer them to my followers! Pinning!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I love this idea for your beautiful photos! What a treat they will be for your followers!

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