How to Turn any Photo into a Watercolor (no art skills required)!


How to turn any photo into a watercolor - no art skills required!

I’m obsessed.

I took watercolor in art class and my works of “art” always turned into a runny mess.

Now I can give Georgia O’Keeffe a run for her watercolor making money.

From this …

Vintage glider

to this …

Waterlogue - how to turn any photo into a watercolor

How to Turn any Photo into a Watercolor

1) Download the Waterlogue app (it’s only available for iPhone for $2.99)

2) Go into Waterlogue app and upload a photo from your camera

Note:  If your photo isn’t on your phone, you can email a photo to yourself and then take a screenshot by pressing the home and sleep button at the same time.  If you take a screenshot, your photo will probably need to be cropped after you create your Waterlogue photo – use a free online editing site like PicMonkey for that.

3) Choose the setting you want (you can experiment to see which effect you love most)

4) Click the heart icon to share or email the photo to yourself where you can print it out on any paper (watercolor paper would be fun)!  You can even enlarge it – how fun would a giant poster be?


From this …

100 Year old home renovation!

to this …

Waterlogue - how to turn any photo into a beautiful watercolor

Let’s paint the town with Waterlogue!

Waterlogue - turn any photo into a watercolor

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  1. That’s cool!

    • DARLENE says:

      DarnI wish I had a IPHONE . I am going to try and research this issue I’ post anything I find out wish me luck

  2. Wow! Now that’s cool! Thanks for sharing…I have several great shots that are perfect for this app! :)

  3. i guess watercolor will probably replace the chalkboard fad now. love this. you should order the print of your house in watercolor.

  4. I love Waterlouge! It’s so addicting!

  5. That looks like fun!

  6. Ok this is just totally awesome!!!!!!! Thank you for telling us of it!

  7. I know I’m ridiculously behind the times but I don’t even have a cell phone! I love this watercolor app but not enough to give in and get one. Wish it was available on a laptop. :)

  8. LOve that app

  9. That is so cool! I can’t wait to see what I can do with it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. This is beautiful! Do you know if you can do this without a cell phone – maybe on a home computer? I don’t own a cell.

  11. Wow Kelly!
    I love this app!! I’m going to have so much fun with it
    Thank you

  12. This is such a great share! I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks

  13. Pat schwab says:

    Kelly, thanks for the info, I pinned this. It is amazing how cool this looks. Pat

  14. Love it! I don’t have an i phone so I will need to try the or wait until this is available on computers. Thank you so much.

    • MK I don’t have an I Phone either. I sure hope they have it soon for pcs. It is so pretty. We can wait it out together.

  15. Thanks! cant wait to play watercolor!

  16. You can do this also in Corel Draw if you don’t have an iphone. Another use is to print it out on transfer paper and heat press on a shirt or a house on a pillow would be cool.

  17. How fun! Thanks for sharing. Kari

  18. Waterlogued will also take photos from dropbox, so you can load pictures from your computer to your dropbox. Then you can save the pictures on your phone via dropbox so you can upload them to a photo printing website (kinda long process, but gets real pics to prints!)

  19. Thank you so much for passing this on. I see a custom header in my future with this possibly… Take care – Dawn @ We Call It
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  20. Loving this app……thanks for sharing!!

  21. Perhaps someone has already said as much, but the watercolor effect can be done in any photo altering software, PS for instance. It’s a fun effect to use once in a while.

  22. Since Facebook is notorious for not letting page owners know when I tag them, I thought I would stop by myself and let you know I featured this post and my readers loved it!

  23. I downloaded this app about a week ago and I cannot wait to print some of the watercolors I “created” and frame and hang up on the wall! Each photo turned out so unique! Love this app!

  24. Love this idea. Featured you on my blog today!

  25. Kathy Lafferty says:

    sooooooooooooooo disappointed, I don’t have an iphone, and I can’t download this to my computer? I’d do that in a heartbeat if I could. I don’t have a Mac, either, just an old XP

  26. Thanx for the inspiration; I just downloaded it!

  27. My printer won’t let me print on the watercolor paper – I’m guessing because it’s so thick? Anyone else have this problem? I called kinkos to see if they could print it for me and they said no. I’m stuck!

  28. Oh I love this ~ thank you! I’ve been playing around with it on my iPad and love the results. Can’t wait to print a few out. Such a great way to use travel photos as art in different spots!

  29. I didn’t even know how much I needed this. Thank you. I’m actually moved to pay for an app and what a deal!

  30. FYI The pictures look really good on regular computer paper. Can always make a copy on a heavier paper;
    Also, there are very similar APPS for smart phones other than Apple products. Search Photo in the app store. This is my favorite but I have both apple (ipad) and another brand smart phone.

  31. I am a watercolour artist and have to say, this is a great app. My style is slightly different that the choices but the look is very effective. Thanks for sharing. I might never have come across this.

  32. I have been able to print directly from my iphone to a wireless printer. I am still working on higher quality paper. I have some heavy “resume” linen stock paper and I’m going to give that one a try. Really fun app with excellent personal product. I like my pets and kids in watercolour.

  33. Your watercolors are beautiful! I love this app. After my parents passed away we sold the home they had lived in for over 45 years. I took some pictures and used this app to make some really pretty watercolors for my siblings and all the grandchildren.

  34. Hello , i downloaded the app the price is$3.99 ( not $2.99)

  35. Love it!

  36. Technology is replacing everything in our lives that’s real and has worth. I’m an artist , and I believe in the”real” thing.


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