As the sun starts to peek it’s head out from behind the winter clouds, our gardens also spring to life. Blooms in a rainbow of colors can be seen everywhere and can serve as a source of inspiration for your spring art projects.
One way to embrace this nature is by painting it. Watercoloring flowers is a way to relax and unwind and it’s beneficial for all ages. This creative artform can improve kid’s confidence as well as teach adults a new skill later in life.
To help you get started, FTD has a tutorial on how to watercolor flowers. First they walk you through the basics of watercoloring and then they instruction on how to watercolor roses and tips for other varieties of flowers.
1) Use a Variety of Brushes
Try out different sizes and shapes of brushes to learn the difference. If you are just beginning, a size 6 round brush and size 10 round brush are a good place to start.
2) Use the Proper Watercolor Paper
Watercolor paper is meant to absorb the water rather than letting it puddle on top. Using proper watercolor paper will make all the difference in your design. If you’re making a card, cut it to size before painting.
3) Experiment with the Amount of Water
Different amounts of water mixed with the pigments will create different colors. A lot of water will create a light hue while less water creates a darker color.
4) Work From Light to Dark
When painting with watercolors it’s suggested that you start with lighter colors and then layer darker ones on top. This means starting with more water and then reducing the amount as you paint.
5) Practice the Thickness of Your Stroke
The amount of pressure you apply will determine the thickness of your stroke. More pressure will create thick strokes (good for large petals and leaves) while less pressure will create thin strokes (good for the stem and small details).
Now that you know those tips, let’s get started painting flowers!