Today we are learning How to Paint Easy Watercolor Flowers for your Junk Journal Pockets. Welcome to day 51 of our junk journaling journey. I’m pretty excited that we have surpassed day 50 already! Please scroll down to view the video!
Easy Watercolor Flowers
First we take our eye dropper and drop some water on three brown colors in the watercolor pan. I consider this to be a challenge, because I’m not really fond of using brown with art. Using a number 6 round brush is ideal for today’s project. We will also use cold press watercolor paper as it is smoother than hot press. I usually prefer the textured hot press paper but I thought we would experiment a bit. Yellow ochre, medium brown, and burnt sienna are the three brownish colors we will use here. Burnt sienna produces a nice warm glow as a background for your artistic pursuits. I have especially enjoyed using it for murals in the past.
Now let’s get started with the three colors we have chosen, starting with the lightest. We first brush some water on the paper for a ‘puddle’ in a sort of tulip shape for a flower. The lightest color applied first is the yellow ochre as you can see, followed by medium brown and burnt siena. The colors blend together nicely I think. Just let them find their own path for a beautiful and unique finish. Now we make a smaller tulip shape for contrast and start again with the lighter color. This time we are mixing the colors together to see how they finish. Experimenting with colors and techniques is lots of fun!
For the next flower we set the wet paint on dry paper instead of wet on wet. There is a somewhat different resulting appearance. Our fourth experiment involves wet on wet again. This time we also add some darker colors to the mix, then darker dots on the other flowers as well. Afterwards a textured cloth is used to dab a little for yet another look.
Some light green paint is mixed with some brown to darken it, making it a nice color for the stems and leaves on the flowers. Dabbing (here this is simply setting down the brush firmly, then picking it up) and painting produces a some nice leaves. We pat down the paint with cloth, allowing for ease of drawing around the floral petals, leaves, and stems with a pen to enhance the form of the flowers.
As a final touch, we add a little reddish color paint here and there to the petals, which provides a necessary, almost magical addition for bringing them to life! Trimmed out from the paper and placed in our book are the flowers. I also love to put these in a nifty pocket or two as shown.
Thanks for joining me again, and as always I look forward to experimenting and learning with you as we continue with future projects! See you next time!
DREAMERS INTO DOERS – DAILY CREATIVE PRACTICE DAY 51
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