DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples


Hello friends, it’s Smitha! Today, I have a fun blog post to share with you all about my favorite topic. Watercolor florals!

I love painting watercolor florals using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Since these pens are water-based, it is so easy to create a watercolor look just by painting with water.

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

Materials:

Today, I am sharing a foolproof tutorial to paint watercolor florals easily in any journal you may have!

Step 1:

Start by applying your Tombow Dual Brush Pen colors onto a Blending Palette.

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

Step 2:

Now that we have our water-based ink on a slick surface, we can easily pick it up onto a wet paintbrush!

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

Step 3:

Carefully paint a few petal and leaf shapes with one color and then repeat with the other color. This creates a soft gradient of color on the page that is very pleasing to the eye.

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

Step 4:

Continue painting small florals and leaves onto the page. If you have a thinner paper, add little water to your brush and paint with a drier paintbrush. This will prevent your paper from warping.

Mix your colors directly on the Blending Palette to create new shades and have fun!

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

More Examples:

Many times I get asked what paper works best for this technique. A good weight (90lbs or 140lbs) mixed media paper and watercolor paper both work great for watercoloring as the paper can withstand the water. I’ve used a 140lb watercolor paper to create these florals below. You can find the step by step tutorial for these in my previous post How to Paint Watercolor Florals in a Patriotic Color Scheme.

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

Another great idea is to use ALL of the colors that come in a 10-pack of Dual Brush Pens. I did this in my previous tutorial: DIY Floral Framed Art to Decorate Your Home

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

Here’s another example in which I used a 20-Pack of Dual Brush Pens for my floral illustration! Find the full tutorial and VIDEO in my previous Watercolor Quote Art Tutorial post.

DIY Watercolor Florals: Tutorial and Examples - Smitha Katti

Paint with me!

If you are ready to paint with me, below I have a step by step real-time YouTube video in which I paint some simple watercolor roses. Enjoy!

https://web.archive.org/web/20210722175124/https://youtu.be/Lss3AeCW478

 

I hope you enjoyed this watercolor floral tutorial friends! Happy crafting!

Smitha

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