Monday, March 18, 2013

Easy As 1 - 2 - 3!

I've been playing around with watercolors and wanted to share a technique with you that's so quick and easy! I guess it's a well-known and often used trick but I hadn't done it until recently. Martha Lever has a tutorial called Color Drop Flowers that would be very helpful, I'm sure. I haven't taken any of her classes but I love reading her blog posts! If she ever does an acrylic painting class I'll definitely sign up!

OK, back to my simple flowers. I used one of my photographs for inspiration.
In step #1 all I did was make a few circles of lightly tinted water where I wanted my blooms to be, adding a bit more color in the some areas. Leave it to dry, letting the color spread on its own:

For step #2, I did basically the same thing but this time I did the stems and leaves. I used only water first, then added bits of green here and there and let it seep and run and blend into itself... and let it dry thoroughly:

Then for step #3, I used a sepia PITT pen to loosely add details:

It's not identical to the photograph, but I was mostly concerned with practicing and getting the feel of watercolors again.

The painting at the top of this post was made the same way, as well as the one in my Welcome post. The flowers in the Welcome post were created over some watercolor blobs I had done months ago, set aside, and recently found. Instead of throwing that page out, I added the details with the pen and made whimsical blooms!

If you try it, be sure to come back and let me know. I'd love to see your art! :)



  1. this sounds like so much fun, thanks

    1. It is fun... especially ending up with something you didn't expect... in a good way! :)

  2. Love, love your watercolours! I fear that if I were to give it a go, the blobs would remain simply that...BLOBS.
    I shall leave the gardening in your most talented hands, and look forward to seeing more of your lovely blooms.

    1. You can do it Judy! It's only paper and paint. :)


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