Thursday, October 9, 2014

Painting flowers with watercolor

I’m the first to admit that I’m not that great with watercolors but everyone has to start somewhere. And sometimes it’s fun to see people grow rather than be perfect at it. So I’m sharing my process with you.

1)      First I drew a light outline just to get my shapes in the right proportions.

 2)      Then I started adding a little bit of color to determine more shape placement.

     3)      Now I use my color to make the angles of the pedals and some of the shapes in the vase.

    4)      Then I determined how much background I wanted to give my piece. I also started defining where I      wanted more color in my pedals. My paintings always look worse before they get better.

                        5)      I just kept adding color and using my strokes to define direction.

    6)      Now I added more darks because in watercolors you have to start light then add the dark's.

     7)      To get my finished piece I used a thin paint brush to go back in and define the pedals with a little darker color and then I added a white where my reflection would be on my vase. Adding white was a cheat if you’re good at watercolor you would've left the white background. (But then again rules are made to be broken and when you’re painting and enjoying yourself  who cares how you get the result you want.  :)


  1. It turned out very nice. I like the colours in the flowers. Watercolours are a favourite with me, for purchasing not painting. I just don't have the knack for it. - Margy

    1. It's fun to just play around watercolors don't cost much.

  2. You make it look so simple. You still need an artist's eye, like your own.


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