I am so excited to share this beautiful tutorial from Ginny Au, Holly Hollon, and Erich McVey on Once Wed. Ginny and Holly recently collaborated on a simple step by step tutorial showing us how to recreate these beautiful, watercolor escort card at home. Ginny used delicate pins to display them here, but the options are endless for displaying escort cards at your wedding. Enjoy!



  1. watercolor paints
  2. watercolor brush
  3. heavy professional grade paper, BFK Reeves or Stonhenge is recommended, make sure that the paper texture is not too rough, this would inhibit the calligrapher from writing on the paper (purchased at an art supply store)
  4. metal ruler
  5. glass of water
  6. cutting mat


1. Tear paper into 3 inch strips

2. Using the strips of paper, tear them into 3.5 inch pieces

3. Mix a palette of colors (for example, yellow, orange, pink)

4. Create washes on the pieces of torn paper using the range of colors from the palette

5. Let Cards dry for 24 hours before writing on them, this ensures that they are completely dry so the ink will not bleed. Send to the calligrapher or try doing your own calligraphy with a diy calligraphy kit.

6. We pinned our diy wedding watercolor escort cards to a linen board with delicate pins, but the options for display are limitless.

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Ginny Au  | Flowers: Cloth of Gold | Calligraphy & Watercoloring: Holly Hollon


Comments (24)

Ken Tan | Reply

What an extremely creative DIY ideas for brides that look so professional! #ART

Gaelan @ Uschi & Kay | Reply

These are just beautiful especially with the calligraphy.

Gail @ OliverINK | Reply

These are so beautiful!

Kim | Reply

There are so many watercolor “DIY’s” out there but none of them including this one actually tell you how to pain the watercolor. It looks easy but it’s not easy to get the desired result. I painted a watercolor background for my wedding invitations and thought it was going to be super easy to do, but it’s a lot tougher than it looks if you’ve never done it before.
Hoping someone out there comes up with a good tutorial of the actual painting process.

Also – these are beautiful and nice idea.

Rachael | Reply

I agree with you, Kim! It’s not so simple. I’m an illustrator and do this all the time, and watercolors are still tricky. This might be a great idea for a new blog post..:)

Julia | Reply

hey kim – agreed. i’m a trial and error kinda gal, so my watercolor experience was pretty similar to everything else i do, BUT i thought this was a great little project and their one off the cuff sentence about painting the paper with just water before getting into the paints set me on the right track for more honed experimentation – http://ohhappyday.com/2013/06/watercolor-party-hats-diy/

Kristin | Reply

These are beautiful! The crisp calligraphy against the watercolor is stunning. Love!

naomi | Reply

Love, love, love!

Tracy Wong | Reply

So lovely! The hues are so dreamy… Though I’m not planning a wedding, I’d love to throw a party just so I can make these gorgeous cards!

Amanda | Reply

Can you please tell me the specific kind of paint/paintbrush you used? Thank you

Laura | Reply

These are perfect for spring and summer! Love they look effortless and must be really fun to make! Unique idea.

cathy | Reply

is anyone able to tell me the name of the font? these are beautiful!

Carey | Reply

Pretty sure that’s hand done calligraphy :)

Judy Brannon | Reply

These are just beautiful. Pardon my ignorance, though, and tell me what you do with them at the wedding.

shana | Reply

Judy, they’re to help indicate which table you’re assigned to. Then you can put it on a seat at the table to “save” your spot :)

naomi | Reply

Gorgeousness fully and totally!

Jessica | Reply

Helpful tip, paint the area you want the wash in with water first, then add the color. It will help keep the color where you want it, keeps it light and encourages mixing.

Sandy Hardy | Reply

The painting tip of using water is very helpful…leave a space top/middle/bottom for the color & put the water in between. Then swish back & forth with the color.
Practice before you start using your good paper…”))

Wendy | Reply

If you start with water first make sure you don’t let the water dry before you go in with paint. And when you go in with your paint make sure that your brush is not wetter than your paper or you will get what they call cauliflower which you don’t want unless that’s specifically the look you are going for.