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DIY Pho Valentine's Day Card

Type: Watercolor
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Difficulty: Easy
DIY Pho Valentine's Day Card

They say that the best way to a person's heart is through their stomach. And there's nothing better than a nice hot bowl of pho. For those who don't know, Pho (pronounced "fuh") is a Vietnamese beef noodle soup. A combination of rice noodles (known as vermicelli), thin slices of beef brisket and steak, and chopped green onions are all joined together by a rich beef broth. It warms the stomach and the heart. And to share my love for this delicious food, we'll be making a Valentine's Day card. Just a word of caution, this will make you hungry!

What You'll Need

Watercolor Paint

  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Sienna
  • Black
  • Grey
  • Pink
  • Brilliant Red
  • Burnt Umber

Acrylic Paint

  • White
  • Dark Green
  • Gold
  • Burnt Umber

Other Supplies

    • White Paint Marker
    • Black Marker
    • Watercolor Paper
    • Decorative Paper

Step 1: Sketch It Out

Using a pencil, sketch out your design on Watercolor paper. Here, I drew the bowl and some general shapes of the pho.

Step 2: Start with the Broth

Using clean water, get the inside of the bowl wet first and then apply your beef Pho broth colors. Here I used Yellow Ochre and Raw Sienna.

Step 3: Add Noodles

Now, use White acrylic paint for the Vermicelli Pho noodles. Add as much as you want but save room for the meat and onions.

Step 4: Don't Forget the Meat

It is time to add on the beef brisket and rare steak. I used Burnt Umber for the brisket, and Brilliant Red for the steak.

Step 5: Green Onions for Garnish

With a nice Dark Green acrylic paint, I add the chopped green onions and the larger piece of green onion. I also start to add more noodles with white Paint Marker.

Here, you can add any last touches like reflections in the soup, onions, beef.

Step 6: Design the Bowl

Back to using water color, add the shading to the bowl itself by wetting the bowl with clean water, then add black/grey. Here, you can also start to decorate the bowl with whatever design you like. For my floral design, I used Pink and Dark Green.

Step 7: Write Your Message

Using a black marker, write your Valentine message! Get creative!

Step 8: All About That Paper

Pick out some nice paper and stick some double sided tape on the back of your art.

Center it and stick it on.

Step 9: Enjoy!

And that's it! Thank you for joining me and don't forget to give that card to someone you think is a treat to be with!

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