For all the botanic souls♡
Helloooo everyone! Today I’m going to be giving you all some tips + tricks of one of my favorite pastimes: painting watercolor flowers. I promise you don’t need any drawing ability, so before you think “I can’t even draw a stick figure”, scroll through this post! Lately, different versions of these lil watercolor florals have been comprising about 90% of my artistic endeavors. They’re cute, happy, and perfect for spring! They are also the basis of most prints in my etsy shop (link: here).
Watercolor Materials Needed
- Paper — Pro Tip! The heaver weight the paper, the better. The weight of good watercolor paper is typically 140lb and printer paper is usually 20-32lb. You don’t need to start your practice with heavy watercolor paper because it’s expensive, but your paint will move across the paper a lot easier if the paper is at least 80lb.
- Paintbrush — My brush of choice is Windsor & Newton Round Size 2. (check it out here) I’ve tested many brushes, and I’ve found that this is a great all-around brush. It’s thin enough for hand-lettering (more posts on that to come!) and also moves color well.
- Watercolors — There are 3 major types of watercolors: those that come in a pan, those that come in a tube, and liquid. You probably played with the ones in a pan sometime in elementary school, and they work just as well for grown-up fun! Which one works best for you is all a matter of preference. I like liquid because I feel like it moves around the best, but it is also the most expensive.
- A jar of water — You’ve gotta have water for watercolor, duh.
We’re ready to roll!
So for this tutorial, I’m going to use the pan watercolors pictured above. They’re super basic and cheap — I’m pretty sure I picked them up for like 5 dollars. I’m gonna use the bright pink color at the top, second row from the left.
So you start by dipping your paintbrush in water to get it wet, then circling it around in the pan of the color you pick to get the paint wet. Once you see the pigment on the brush, you’re ready to go brush to paper!
I start my rose-like flowers by making something that resembles inverse quotation marks.
Then, I sort of drag the paint in a half-circle fashion. This makes the petals!
I keep doing this until the flower is big.
Secret’s out — painting watercolor flowers is basically just scribbling circles with a paintbrush. The center of the flower should be darker than the outside of the flower, so get your brush more wet as you get closer to the outside of the flower. The more water that’s on your brush, the less saturated the paint will get. Add some leaves for extra cuteness 😉
And there you go! Super quick and requires almost zero art ability. Keep going until you cover a page, and you might end up with something like this:
The image above has been scanned and digitized, which is something I can definitely write a post on in the future — lemme know if you’re interested! Don’t get discouraged if you feel uncoordinated with the watercolor paint at first. My art training started with using almost exclusively colored pencil for four years and I was making some pretty sick stuff if I do say so myself 😉 But when I started working with watercolor, it felt like I was starting to learn all over again. It’s totally normal to need a few hours of practice in order to find the style you like!
Let me know if this post cured some hidden urge within you to learn how to paint watercolor flowers all over everything. Follow my blog for more tutorials coming soooooonnnn where I’ll teach you the basics of hand-lettering and other styles of flowers!