I started something new recently. For every birthday, anniversary and random celebratory day, I’ll DIY a gift for close family and friends.
No doubt, it shall be supplemented with a practical and useable store-bought gift. But I love the idea of spending the time to creating something with my hands for people who mean something to me.
And with Valentine’s day around the corner, I thought I’ll share a cute and romantic gift you could make for your Harry Potter loving partner.
I made this little artwork for my husband for his birthday earlier this month. Like every child of the late 80s-early 90s, he grew up reading books and watching movies about JK Rowling’s fascinating world of wizards. If you’re dating or married to a Potterhead, you know in your heart this little DIY will make their day.
As I type this blogpost, this frame is sitting right in front of me on our study desk filling me so much joy. You probably already know the significance of this one-word quote. But if you don’t, let me spell it out for you (pun intended). First of all, it is THE greatest love quotes of our time (yet). It’s incredible how much one single word can covey. Said by Severus Snape (RIP Alan Rickman), the utterance of it completely altered the perceived past, present and future of the plot.
“But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”
“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!” From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. “After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.
It tells a story of an eternal (albeit one-sided) love, of Snape’s for Lily. It explained his every action, reaction and revealed a brave half-blood prince. Here a Youtube link to that scene in the movie that still wells me up.
Long story short, Always a one-word poem, an eternal love story, a promise, a hark back that only a true Potterhead will understand. And in my opinion, the loveliest Valentine’s Day or Birthday/Anniversary gift for your HP-obsessed lover.
DIY HARRY POTTER ALWAYS VALENTINE’S DAY ART
What you need
1 pretty frame (preferably something that looks vintage)
1 white watercolour paper to fit the frame (mine was off-white and not really watercolour paper, just thick paper. I had to cut it to fit the frame)
1 basic set watercolour palette
1 thick brush
1 thin brush/old toothbrush
1 small bowl with water
1 rag cloth to blot spills on the table
1 thin tip black marker/sharpie
1. Prep your paper to fit inside the frame. Then start with your background watercolour wash. In my head, I wanted galaxy colours for some reason and used light blue, dark blue, purple (by mixing red and blue as my palette was super basic) and the tiniest hint of yellow-orange.
2. This was legit my first watercolour wash experiment. Never done it before ever. So I just played this Youtube video in the background to keep me company.
Since I wasn’t using the right tools (amateur problems) nor do I have amazing art skills, I knew it would never look like Maremi’s Small Art (which is mindblowing btw). But the video helped me with colour, basic technique but most importantly, gave me the courage to be free.
Because in all honesty, there are no rules to a watercolour wash and it can be made by anyone.
3. Do your thing bruh! Go wild. Let the colours speak to you. Pretend to be Picasso. There are no wrong choices. Try to keep the centre portion lighter in colour as we need to write Always there.
4. Let it dry. I ran a hair dryer over it as I didn’t have the patience to let it air dry.
If you’re using a sad/basic palette like mine, the colours will get less vibrant when they dry. Don’t panic. It’s still pretty. You might have to add a second coat depending on your needs.
5. Once it’s nice and dry, pick the thin brush or old toothbrush and dip it a little in black paint. Carelessly splatter black paint on to your work. Just don’t overdo it haha.
For me, two-three light splatters did the trick.
6. Air dry or use a hair dryer to dry the splatter paint. Once it’s dry, take your thin tip pen. I used the Deathly Hallows symbol for the letter A and simply winged it with the rest of the alphabets. Make it your own.
You don’t have to use the simple font I did. But I do recommend the Deathly Hallows symbol. One of the Deathly Hallows, the Elder Wand, is the reason that Snape was killed by Voldemort.
7. Frame it!