Easy watercolor tiny book

Hey messy people! Nina here.

When you’re taking on a huge project – like a daily challenge or a 30 lists album – it can prove quite necessary to take a shortcut on some things. Like the base pages of the album.

I’m gonna show you how to make a beautiful tiny book for lists, doodling, journaling or whatever you want it to be. This approach will ensure you get the bulk of the base work done in one sitting so you can focus on content. It’s also great for anyone who’s short on time but still wants to crank out a bigger project.

Let’s get making.


  • 2-3 sheets of watercolor paper (enough to cut into 30 or so 2.5” squares)
  • watercolors
  • paint brush
  • paper trimmer
  • hole punch
  • 1 inch binding rings
  • alpha stencil (optional)
  • colored pens (optional)
  • black pen (optional)

get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_01 First you paint your watercolor papers with a slight wash of color. This means adding quite a bit of water and only a little bit of color. We’ll be painting each paper twice so keep it toned down. Do however make some areas more saturated than others. get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_03 Leave the papers to dry completely. get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_05 Now it’s time for the second wash of color. Avoid muddying up your pretty painting by adding mostly red on top of red, mostly yellow on top of yellow, purple on top of purple, etc. get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_06 Remember, you’ll be cutting this paper into small squares so make sure you’ve painted a little bit all over. No blank, boring pieces! Leave it to dry completely once again. get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_09 Cut the painted papers into little squares. I cut mine into 2.5 inch squares – so cute! get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_10 Time to punch holes. My fave technique for punching holes precisely without having to measure and mark every single one is to punch one piece and use it as a template. Lay the template piece on top of a couple of un-punched papers and punch directly on top of the holes in the template. Easy! get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_12 I recommend adding your titles before you bind the whole thing together with binding rings. Makes it much easier to do your penwork. get-messy_nina-christensen_easy-watercolor-tiny-book_14 And there you go. There’s your tiny little book – ready for your thoughts, lists, journaling and more. I hope you enjoyed this little how-to and feel inspired to make an easy tiny book yourself. If you haven’t jumped on the Messy Lists challenge yet you’re officially out of excuses. 🙂 Even if you’re way behind you’ll be caught up today with this tutorial. Have fun! xo Nina



Nina is a self-­employed graphic designer from Denmark. She’s always been way into paper, paint and crafts but totally neglected it during her teens and early twenties. When she had her daughter in 2010 Nina discovered scrapbooking and suddenly realized that inky hands and paper play isn’t just for kids.


  1. Andrea Albuquerque

    Love so much!!! Thanks for share!!!

    • Nina Christensen

      Thanks Andrea 🙂 I’m so happy you like it!

  2. Misty GRanade

    Super cute!

    • Nina Christensen

      Thanks! 😀

  3. Tanyalee Kahler

    Beautiful Nina. I love your mini book. Water colour is the nectar of the gods.

    • Nina Christensen

      Agreed Tanyalee! And thank you 🙂

  4. Astrid Seijas

    Oh… I really like it! It’s so cute, minimal and pretty! <3

  5. Matthew McClelland

    What a great idea!