I usually keep a little calendar on my desk and although in the past, I've had the Whisker Graphics flashcard calendar, I don't believe they have it anymore, and I wanted to make a hexagon one. With watercoloring. And gold foil.
I have mixed feelings about the gold foiling - although I've seen others get good results with laser printer/copier toner and a basic laminating machine, I've not been able to get good, consistent results when I give it a go. That aside, the rainbow watercoloring is thumbs up!
Download the printable here:
- Print the calendar on cardstock. Use a printer with toner if you want to do gold foiling.
- Trim the hexagons out with a paper trimmer. Trim right inside the black lines (the guide wire on a paper trimmer helps with that).
- For gold foiling, cut foil to size and run through laminator. I only did the months (not the dates). I didn't use a carrier sheet when I fed the foil and hexagon into the laminator, but I did use some tape to secure the foil piece to the hexagon so it didn't move around. I did mask the dates when I fed the hexagon with foil into the laminator to prevent the toner from transferring.
- Using a brush, apply watercolor over the month. If the month is gold-foiled, it will resist the watercolor.
- Enjoy the happiness that is a rainbow of watercoloring!
Paper: heavy cardstock; toner-printed copies (if gold foiling)
Tools: Fiskars SureCut Personal 12" Paper Trimmer; Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set; Sakura 39122 9-ml Tank Koi Water Color Brush, Medium; Gold Metallic 8" x 100' Laminating Foil; Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System (TL901)