Easy Watercolor Fish Craft with Free Printable Template
This watercolor fish craft is so fun and easy for kids of all ages! Kids can paint their fish and background in any colors they like making each painting totally unique.
There are so many fun watercolor techniques for kids to try! Take a look at my collection of watercolor painting for kids for more fun and creative ideas.
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1. First, print out your fish template onto white cardstock. Kids can either paint the fish first and then cut them out, or cut them out first and then paint them.
Younger kids will need help cutting out the fish.
2. Kids can choose the colors they want to paint their fish. Using 2-3 colors per fish is best and will keep the colors bright and not muddy. Remind kids to rinse their brush between each color.
I love how each fish turns out unique depending on the colors that kids choose!
Let your painted watercolor fish dry and set them aside while you move on to the background.
3. Get your watercolor paper ready. You can tape down your watercolor paper to a wooden board or a desk with painter’s tape. This will help keep the paper from buckling and moving around.
4. Decide on 2-3 colors of blue for your background. I like to test my colors on a scrap piece of paper first.
5. First, paint your paper with clean water, you want your paper to be wet but not soaking. You can always dab the paper a bit with paper towels if it’s too wet.
6. Paint your paper with your blue colors, letting the wet paper mix the colors together forming different patterns.
7. While your paper is still wet, sprinkle on your salt. Kids can try using coarse salt and regular table salt to see the different patterns each one makes.
It’s so fun for kids to watch the salt create interesting patterns!
Let your background dry completely before taking the tape off. You can leave the white around the edges or cut the white off.
8. Glue your fish down to your background using a glue stick.
For more details and different ideas of what you can do for your ocean background check out these 5 easy watercolor techniques for kids.
I love how bright and fun these watercolor fish are and how they really pop against the ocean blue background! The printable template makes this such a great art project for kids of all ages.
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Kids of all ages will love to make this fun watercolor fish craft! Use easy watercolor techniques and bright bold colors to create this underwater scene.
- Watercolor paper
- White Cardstock
- Watercolor paint
- Painter's tape (optional)
- Printable fish template
- Paint palette
- Wooden board (optional)
- Print out your fish template onto white cardstock. You can either cut the fish out before painting them or wait until after.
- Using 2-3 colors, paint your fish using watercolor paint. Set them aside to dry.
- Get your watercolor paper ready. I like to tape our paper down to a wooden board with painter's tape, this helps to keep the paper from wrinkling and helps your paper to dry nice and flat.
If you don't have a wooden board or are doing this as a classroom activity, try taping the paper down to a desk, or just skip this part.
- Paint your watercolor paper with clean water. You want your paper to be wet not soaking. If it's too wet, try dabbing it with a paper towel.
- Let kids choose 2-3 colors for the background. While the paper is still wet, start painting. Let the wet paper help to mix the colors together creating unique patterns.
- Sprinkle on salt while your paper is still wet. Kids can try using coarse salt or regular table salt, they will give different results.
It's fun for kids to watch the salt create cool patterns in the paint!
- Let the paper dry completely and if you had it taped down, gently remove the tape.
- Glue down your fish to the background.
Filed Under: Art projects, Holidays/Seasonal, Summer, WatercolorsSours: https://www.projectswithkids.com/watercolor-fish-craft/
Since the past year, handwritten text has become the top design solution; watercolor writing also sticks to colors. Not only writing but painting is on-trend as well. Cards, illustrations, bundles, textures, and whatnot are au courant this year if it is designed in watercolor painting technique. Meet the best watercolor freebies for your designs!
Do you want to implement some ideas on your site?
Below you’ll find 100 beautiful watercolor design solutions for your website or whatever you need. Moreover, all these pictures are free, so you can download them via the link.
IF you're interested in premium watercolor illustrations head on to the bottom of this compilation.
Flowers and plants
As the spring is coming softly, find some gorgeous floral designs. The watercolor technique looks especially impressive on flowers. Tender petals pictured with aquarelle paints express the spring mood in the best way possible. Grab your spring floral watercolor freebies and welcome the spring!
Watercolor Flower Pack
Watercolor Flowers and Birds Set
Tropical Watercolor Bundle
Foliage Watercolor Kit
Watercolor Bohemian Wreaths
Watercolor Floral Patterns
Watercolor Floral Pattern Set
Watercolor Flower Elements
Watercolor Blue Flowers
Watercolor Floral Wreath
Spring Watercolor Flowers
Christmas Watercolor Decorations
Floral Business Card Template
Cherry blossom background in watercolor style
Watercolor spring floral frame
Cherry blossom background in watercolor style
Spring ribbons collection in vintage style
Set of pink flowers
Pink watercolor spring background
Floral decoration painted with watercolor
Watercolor Spring Floral and Leaves Collection
Watercolor house plants collection
Trees collection in watercolor style
Watercolor bouquet of flowers
Set of trees in watercolor style
Watercolor floral background
Watercolor Spring Floral Background
Modern watercolor floral frame
Creative watercolor spring flower set
Trees collection in watercolor style
Floral frame background
Great collection of spring ribbons in watercolor style
Frame with watercolor flowers
Watercolor floral background with elegant style
Round floral frame with watercolor sunflowers
Hand painted tropical flowers
Realistic watercolor flowers background
Do you need some cute and funny watercolors? What do you think of amusing animals painted in comic or cartoon way? You’ll find some really amazing paintings here, as well. We also have a lot of birds sets and single watercolor images, which will be right in time with the spring coming.
Several watercolor nice animals
Elephant with floral detail and watercolor adorable animals
Zebra with watercolor lovely animals
Lovely collection of watercolor kittens
Watercolor set of lovely animals
Exotic birds collection in watercolor style
Colorful Animal Silhouettes Collection
Nature pattern design
Winter forest animal
Watercolor background with owl sketch
Watercolor beautiful bird
Watercolour blue birds
Baby cards collection in watercolor style
Watercolor birds and branches
Collection of decorative butterflies watercolor
Watercolor background with floral wreath and butterflies
Watercolor wild wolf' s face
Background of hearts and stars with pretty watercolor unicorn
Baby pattern with little bear in watercolor style
Watercolor exotic birds with a frog
Fun pack of watercolor farm animals
Owl hand drawn in ethnic style
Hand drawn unicorn with a beautiful phrase
Holidays and special occasions
All of us wish the best for our beloved ones. And of course, we want to choose the most original and warm card with the present we prepare for them on special occasions and holidays. Look through these watercolors for every occasion and choose something that’ll show that you really care about your dearest.
Watercolor Thanks Giving
Watercolor Easter Set
Pretty wedding invitation with a floral frame
Floral wreath wedding design
Set of watercolor floweryfor wedding
Watercolor wedding invitation
Baby shower invitation with flowers in watercolor style
Watercolour wedding invitation with birds
Cute birthday background with animals
Happy birthday cards collection in watercolor style
Holi background with elephant
Floral wedding ornaments
Wedding floral wreath
Collection of birthday stickers in vintage style
Happy easter day background in watercolor style
Lovely characters disguised as halloween
Watercolor new year 2018 cards with animals
Here you’ll find some watercolors which don’t fall under any of the categories but spread an original and inspiring ideas.
Watercolor Craft Collection
Girls in yellow watercolour fashion illustration clipart
Watercolor Beach Set
Watercolor Invitation Card
Watercolor World Map
Hand painted black woman
Beautiful woman in watercolor style
Hand painted eiffel tower
Watercolor vintage bicycle
Watercolor summer card
Hand drawn vintage watercolor coffee set
Watercolor aloha background with ukulele
Colorful skyline of london
Hand painted feathers collection
Watercolor ethnic element pack
Hand painted sky background with clouds
You may also like to check out some gorgeous TemplateMonster watercolors. They are not free, but still awesome.
Gentle Love - Card Creator Illustration
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Masked Watercolor Card with Stencil Material
I love the look of watercolors, don’t you? Although I haven’t spent much time learning and practicing my watercolor skills, I’ve found a few ways to use basic watercolors with my Silhouette creations. This technique uses Silhouette Stencil Material to create a mask on watercolor paper, so you can add lots of color but include a crisp white phrase within the design.
While you could use regular vinyl or stencil vinyl for this project, I prefer the thick stencil material because it’s stiff enough that you don’t need any transfer tape. You can also reuse it, so one stencil lasts for many cards. Let’s get started!
- In Silhouette Studio®, open the Hello Beautiful phrase and resize to 4.75 in. wide. (Resize with a corner handle or use the Scale option and make sure the lock symbol shows locked.)
- Set your page size to match the adhesive stencil material you’re using. This comes in letter-size sheets or on a roll.
- In the Send Panel, choose:
- Material = Stencil Material
- Action = Cut
- Tool = AutoBlade or Ratchet blade (depending on your machine and preference)
Tip: Make sure you perform a test cut with this thick stencil material. Personally, I like the settings of Blade 4, Speed 2, Force 33, Passes 2. (This is higher than the current default settings.)
- When your stencil material is on your mat and loaded into your cutter, send the cut job.
- Once the cutting is complete, remove the stencil material, trim down if necessary, and weed away all the letter centers and outer edges. We only need to keep the words themselves. (See image above.)
- Make a card base by cutting a piece of cardstock 5 in. wide x 10 in. high, and fold in half to give a 5-in. square card front.
- Cut out a piece of watercolor paper 4.75 in. square. I used inexpensive 90 lb. cold press watercolor paper, but you can use whatever you’ve got.
- Place the “hello” cutout on the watercolor square and press it down firmly so moisture doesn’t seep under the edges. (See image above.)
Note: I only used the “hello” part of the stencil for this project, but I cut both parts of the design so I can use the “beautiful” part of the phrase for another card.
- Brush the watercolors onto your watercolor paper, right over the top of the stencil piece. The stencil behaves as a mask to block color from that section of paper.
- You can make your colors light or dark, but the effect will be much more vivid if you choose a darker color to go immediately over the stencil mask.
- Let the paint dry before removing the stencil. A hair dryer helps speed this process along.
- Carefully remove the stencil so the paper doesn’t tear and so you can save the stencil for another card.
Note: Don’t worry too much about small flaws if the mask or painting isn’t perfect; that’s part of the charm of watercolors!
- Rinse the stencil under water and let dry, sticky-side up. A hair dryer speeds this up, too!
- Use the stencil for another card when it’s clean and dry, or set it on its backing to use again later.
Tip: This stencil material is reusable! I made at least 6 cards with the same cutout, and it’s still sticky enough to keep using for more cards.
- When your watercolor square is dry, glue it to the square card front.
- If you want, cut a small heart out of the same cardstock as your card front, add a small hole, and tie it with string before gluing the square in place.
Isn’t this fun?! Where would you use this masking technique?
You might also like:Sours: https://www.silhouette101.com/archives/masked-watercolor-card-with-stencil-material
If you’ve been around the blog or followed me on Instagram this year, you know I’ve fallen in love with watercolors. It started as stress relief and has turned into such a life-giving addition to my drawing (which I still love, of course). Watercoloring seems to bring out another side of my creative brain. It allows me to work more intuitively and freely.
Today I’m combining my drawings and watercolors and hoping to share my love of watercolors with you!
I created a simple watercolor template and recorded a tutorial for you to follow along and paint with me. The template is made from the Romans 15:13 verse art I shared with you earlier this month as a screensaver. (If you don’t see the video below, follow this link.)
Here’s what you can pull together to be ready to go:
- jar of water (we reuse yogurt containers)
- watercolor or gouache paints. I use this set** in the video, but sometimes also use something like this ** with the kids (ours came from Michael’s). And don’t worry–kids’ watercolor trays will work just fine too–you’ll just have to mix more colors yourself!).
- your favorite brushes (I like one rounded brushes with tips like these**). The one I use in the video is a Master’s Touch Round 14 from Hobby Lobby.
- tray for mixing colors. You can repurpose something from your house like an ice cube tray or buy one like this.** Watercolors can be rehydrated, so I love that the paint is never wasted!
- printed template that you can download HERE (watercolor paper this** will hold the paint best, but I’m just using white cardstock in the video. It bled, but held up okay to the water)
- paper towel for blotting
Did you like the video and template? Let me know if you’d like to see more–and more of what. Tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you try it out. I’d be thrilled to see! Don’t want to watercolor? Try this same template with colored pencils, markers, crayons, or acrylic paint!
Again, you can get your free template here or click on the image below!
*I’m so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you’re in doubt, I’m happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you’re awesome (!), and as a courtesy, please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!
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My name is Claudia and I’m a freelance Illustrator and graphic designer since 2015.
After I was done with my university, I decided to keep my studies going and apply for a Masters in Illustration at BAU University in Barcelona, Spain.
I learned so much during that period and I’m really excited to share some of my knowledge with you guys today!
In this article, I’ll show you 3 very simple and different ways of painting watercolor flowers like a pro.
Not only that, but I’ll break down my whole creative process for you, from beginning to end.
Before I show you the 3 different techniques, I’ll show you how to draw any kind of flower you want – even if you’re a complete beginner!
However, if you’re not that much into the drawing part… I’ve got you covered!
At the end of this tutorial, you’ll find a FREEBIE I’ve prepared for you of 4 ready to print flower templates and more!
The only thing you’ll need to do is print the flowers, transfer them into your watercolour paper with the techniques I’ll share in this article, whip out your watercolours and have some fun!
- Tools Needed
- How to draw any flower – step by step
- How to transfer your drawing to the watercolour paper
- Find every colour in your reference
- Short talk about colour theory
- Watercolor beginner essentials to keep in mind
- 3 Different step by step ways to paint watercolor flowers –
Method 1 –
Watercolour + Coloured Pencil Flowers
Method 2 –
Watercolour + Ink Flowers
Method 3 –
Watercolour Layered Flowers
- Brand recommendations
- Final words and your FREEBIE
Watercolour is an easy medium to use, it’s fluid and organic, however it can also be unpredictable and unforgiving.
With these tips you’ll be able to create 3 very distinct flower illustrations.
The idea is that you find the technique with which you feel more comfortable with and feel free to experiment with it.
This is why my main advice will be:
Take your sweet time and enjoy!
What tools do you need for this tutorial –
To get started, this is what you will need:
You can use any brand you want, but I’ll drop some of my personal recommendations at the end of this post!
How to draw any flower – step by step
Everything that we see around us can be translated into geometric shapes and angles.
Before we get to the step by step process, let me give you a quick example of what I mean.
I’ll use the iPad for this example because it’s easier to explain the basic theory.
Just stare at this picture a little longer and I’ll help you out.
First, let’s mark the circle that contains the whole flower.
After that, another circle for where the stem meets the petals.
Now, from the center, the angles of the petals and then, their basic shapes.
The same for the stem.
And with a bit more detail, you’ll find your flower.
This theory can be applied on any type of flower you want to draw.
Just get a good reference picture and focus on the geometric shapes you find on it.
You can check websites like Unsplash or Pexels to find great reference photos!
That being said, let’s start the tutorial.
I recommend you use a cheap piece of paper for this part.
Graphite and watercolor don’t necessarily get along very well and the eraser could rip your precious watercolor paper.
But don’t worry, as soon as you’re done with the drawing, I’ll show you how to transfer it to the watercolor paper for the final piece.
Ok, here we go!
I’ll use this flower as my reference.
Let’s start with the circle that contains the whole flower.
This will be the space for your drawing, so try to keep all the lines within this space.
Now, let’s add a circle for where the petals and the stem meet.
Let’s mark the angles of the petals and find their basic shapes.
A tip for this part is to check the negative space in the reference photo to see if it matches your drawing, and adjust if it doesn’t.
Softly, start erasing the guidelines and cleaning up the drawing.
I recommend a kneaded eraser because it picks up graphite without damaging your paper.
Spend some time looking at the reference and add more details.
Add some extra imperfections and folds, this will make the flower seem more realistic!
I tend to not follow the reference religiously, and I believe this is the right attitude when drawing.
I use the reference only to get the basic idea and build it up from there.
Just enjoy yourself, it really doesn’t matter if it’s not identical to the reference.
You can apply this to any flower you like, you just need to spend some time looking at the reference, find the shapes and just have fun with it.
Practice will make it a whole lot easier!
Once the basic drawing is done, let’s mark the shadows, highlights and other important details.
I always like doing this because having the shadows and highlights planned out makes it easier to paint once we get to the watercolor.
I usually start with the shadows. Mark them out and add a bit of value with your pencil.
Add any detail you see in the reference, like the freckles and lines on the petals.
Next, softly mark the highlights.
Spend some time here, have fun with it until you’re satisfied.
And when you’re done, your reference drawing is ready to transfer!
(from sketching paper to watercolor paper)
How to transfer your sketch to watercolor paper
If you have a Lightbox, simply place the reference drawing on the back of your watercolor paper with washi tape.
You could use any sort of tape, but the washi tape is the best because it is more gentle on the paper and it will not rip the paper when you try to take it off.
You’ll easily know which side is the back of the paper because usually the front of it has a bit of texture.
First we are going to secure the reference image to the backside of the watercolor paper (with the washi tape), and then we are going to flip it over – so the reference image is at the bottom and the watercolor paper is on the top.
Once you have the reference drawing where you want it, just turn on the lightbox and trace away!
I usually use an erasable color for this part because it makes the lines less noticeable after you add the watercolor.
How to transfer your drawing if you don’t have a lightbox.
1. The Window Method
Before I had a lightbox, I used to place my drawing in a sunny window.
The light would go through the paper and I would rock the ¨very professional¨ window lightbox.
However, after some time, this becomes very uncomfortable… So, if you don’t have a lightbox, here’s what you can do.
2. Graphite pencil transfer method
Go over the lines of your reference drawing with a graphite pencil so they become darker.
Once it looks like this, place it on top of the watercolor paper with washi tape.
It’s important that you place the drawing facing the top part of the watercolor paper.
Once that’s done, go with your pencil over the back of the paper.
And like magic it will transfer to your watercolor paper!
Find the colors
Get your reference photo and stare into it’s soul!
Start marking all the different colors you can find.
The obvious and the not so obvious ones.
Treat it like a game, find ALL colors you can find in the reference.
Note – I’ll do this with the iPad to quickly show you how many different colors you can find in your reference image.
This will make your illustration way more interesting to watch and, quite frankly, more fun to work with.
Color theory (the basics)
One of the best tips I’ve ever gotten for watercolors was:
Never use black.
Ok, sometimes you can use it to add some final details.
But I always try to avoid it.
If I want to make a color darker and add shadows, what I do instead is use the complementary color.
The complementary color.
This means the color that’s right in front of the color you want to use in the color wheel.
Complementary colors always contain one cool and one warm hue.
They neutralize each other when mixed together, making them perfect to create interesting shadows filled with contrast.
Creating an illustration that’s more appealing to the eye.
If you want to know more about color theory you can check this article.
Watercolor beginner essentials to keep in mind
Before we jump right to the watercolor part, i need to share a few watercolor essentials for beginners with little or no experience with watercolors.
If you already have experience with watercolors, you can skip this step.
1. Don’t use paper that’s not for watercolor.
Watercolor is one of those mediums in which the type of paper you use really makes a difference.
2. Don’t make the line work to dark.
When you transfer your illustration, it’s best to do it really light or with a colored pencil.
When you add water to graphite it creates a greyish mess and it can ruin your illustration.
3. Don’t go crazy with the water.
Even if you have a thick watercolor paper, try to go easy with the water you use for each layer.
If you don’t, your paper might get ripped and overworked.
4. Test the color before using it.
It’s always a good idea to have a small piece of paper close by and test the color before adding them to your art.
5. Work from light to dark.
Build the colors in layers, from the lightest tone to the final piece. You can go from light to dark, but not the other way around.
6. Clean your water cup while you’re working!
When the water in your cup gets dirty replace it with clean water.
7. Be patient!
Allow your paper to dry before adding more layers and details.
Patience can make or break your illustration.
These are really the essentials for watercolors, and i will also sprinkle more helpful tips along the process.
3 Different step by step ways to paint watercolor flowers
Method 1 – Watercolor + Colored Pencil Flowers
This is my personal favorite way to use watercolors!
Let’s jump right in!
We’ll start with the wet-on-wet technique.
This is not a french-kiss technique.
It’s when you add water to the area you want to work with before adding the pigment.
This is a perfect way to start layering the colors while getting smooth looks with no hard edges.
It’s always a good idea to mix the colors you will need before starting to paint.
A common mistake when starting out is to mix too little of the color you will use.
It’s always better to mix too much than too little since it’s a bit hard to perfectly match the color you had before.
Have an extra piece of paper handy so you can test the colors and find exactly the ones you want.
Keep in mind that watercolor is more saturated when it’s wet in comparison to when it dries out.
So, start by adding water into the areas you want to start working with.
I recommend working on one area at the time, this will allow you to work faster and will save you most of the drying times!
Remember to use a separate piece of paper to test the color before you use them in your artwork.
Go easy with it, the paper can only take a certain amount of water and pigment before it starts to get damaged… so slow your horses.
Use a fine layer of watercolor to match the lightest color in your flower.
It’s very important that you lay down the colors slowly and in layers.
This will allow more correction and makes the whole process more forgiving.
Another really good tip I’ve gotten was:
Preserve the light areas!
If any pigment falls into the white space you won’t be able to go back to white once it gets dry.
When painting with watercolors, once you go dark, you never go back.
However, If you made a mistake and the area is still wet, you can lift up the pigment with a bit more water and a cloth or paper towel.
Once the area you want to work with is dry, it’s time to build up the mid-tones.
A way of knowing if it’s dry is looking at your painting from the side.
Since water reflects more light than dry paper, it will be a bit shiny if it’s still a bit wet.
Remember to be patient. It will pay off!
So add a second and third layer if necessary, until you are happy with the mid-tones.
A tip here, watercolor can be easily overworked, so it really doesn’t need to be the final hue of the mid-tone.
You can always go back to correct the tones once you’re closer to the end of the illustration.
Once you have all the basic colors layered down, it’s time to move to the wet-on-dry technique.
This means that you add the watercolor without first adding water to the paper.
Wet-on-dry is a great technique to get details and the final layers down because it gives you more control over where the pigment goes.
For this technique it’s very important that the surface you’re working with is dry.
If it’s even a bit moist, the paint won’t layer properly and will bleed out instead, which will not allow you to create crisp details.
Continue adding layers of color and detail until you’re satisfied with how it looks.
As soon as watercolor gets dry, it will make a mark.
Some people, me included, really like these accidental shapes.
But if you’re not one of those, a good way to avoid this is by working slow and don’t allowing the paper to get dry until you’re happy with where every color is.
If it already happened, embrace the mistakes and make them work… those accidents can bring a lot of expression to your art!
Let’s darken the shadows a bit more.
The more contrast there is between the light, medium and dark spaces of your piece, the more realistic it will look.
My go-to color for shadows is indigo blue mixed with the complementary carmine red.
Because many shadows have a natural blue tone to them.
I also pay close attention to the colors I’m working with and make shadow colors with their complementaries.
Keep on layering the shadows until you’re happy with how it looks.
Remember not to overwork it… We’ll go over them this the colored pencils at the end to pop’em out!
Bring out the colored pencils and start adding all the colors and details you can find in your reference photo.
Darken the shadows with the same color method you used before.
Really have a good time with this part!
If your shadows aren’t getting dark enough, a great way to get to an almost black color is to mix mustard yellow, dark green, indigo blue and carmine red.
This creates a darker shadow without toning down your drawing.
If you want, after you do this you can carefully add a tiny bit of black to the darkest darks.
With the white gel pen, add some extra light points and extra details to make your drawing pop!
And you’re all set with this technique 😀
METHOD 2 – Watercolor + Ink
This technique will be very similar to the previous one, the only difference is that we will ink the flower before adding any watercolour.
To do this, you’ll need a waterproof pen.
I can’t address this enough… it needs to be a waterproof pen, so, really check if the pen you want to use, has this feature.
If you’re not sure, you can make a doodle in an extra piece of paper and run some water over it.
If it stays put, you’re good to go!
Once that’s settled, let’s get this ball rolling.
We’ll start by inking the flower drawing you already transferred to the watercolor paper.
A way to make the inking really interesting is to leave the lines opened.
Avoid making a full line.
Leave some white spaces, specially where the flower is catching the light.
Don’t rush with the lines and wait for the ink to dry a bit before moving to the next step.
Just like before, we’ll start with a wet-on-wet technique.
Add a bit of water to the area you want to work with and start layering the lightest color of your flower.
Remember to test the color before using it and preserving the white spaces.
If your water is starting to look like mud, maybe it’s time to change it and get clear water.
I usually do this several times while using watercolors.
Another thing… try not to keep your tea or coffee cup next to the water you’re using to paint…
Once you’re in the painting matrix, it can happen that you ¨clean¨ your brush and end up with coffee all over your painting…
Or even worse… you end up drinking from the wrong cup.
It happened to a friend of mine…
When you nailed the base colors, it’s time to go for the mid-tones of the painting.
Once the previous layers are dry, add more values to the medium tones.
Keep adding layers of color until you feel happy with how it’s looking.
Remember to not go too dark in this step.
After the base colors and tones are done and dry, time to shift to the wet-on-dry technique and start adding more details and the final colour layers.
Remember to let everything dry before adding the details so everything looks crisp and there’s no accidental bleeding of watercolor.
Keep adding layers and details until you’re satisfied.
Use the same wet-on-dry technique to darken the shadows and make your illustration pop a bit more.
If you want, you can also add some final touches with colored pencil just like we did before.
Bring out the waterproof pen once more.
If you have a thicker one, better. If not, use the same one you used before.
With the waterproof pen, go over the lines that are in the dark parts of the painting and make them a bit thicker.
This will add a lot of value to the piece.
Add some final light and details with the white gel pen and appreciate your masterpiece.
Method 3 – Layered flower
Now, this technique is a lot more free-style that the other two and it’s a great, fast and very easy way to get interesting illustrations!
Let’s dive in.
With your traced drawing, add water to the petals that are further back.
Add a pop of color to those areas using the wet-on-wet technique.
Try adding more than one color to keep it interesting.
With this technique, you can use the colors you want, feel free to experiment color combinations.
Let your creativity flow and just enjoy this moment.
Once the first petals are completely dry, add the second layer of petals using the same technique.
Keep doing this until the base of your drawing in done, always waiting for the area to dry before adding more watercolor.
Once you have the base of the flower done, let’s move to details.
For this step I picked a blue that acts as a complementary to the yellow of the flowers.
Start with a dot in the middle of the flower to mark a shadow.
You can use the same blue to add some foliage and create a more interesting illustration.
When all the watercolor is dry, use your waterproof pen to add some details and the stem.
To finish your illustration, you can use the white gel pen to add some final touches.
Don’t be scared to mix and match all the flowers you want.
And there you have your finished piece!
A good tip to get a successful illustration right away is to pick a good color palette before working with this style.
If you’re going to work with color, it’s always a good idea to learn more about the color wheel and some trust-worthy color combinations.
When using watercolor it’s important to test out different material to see which one work best for you.
You really don’t need to use any specific brands.
However, here are some of my favorite materials and brands to use:
- Sakura watercolors
- Winsor & Newton watercolors
Watercolor paper –
- Canson artists series watercolor paper
Arches watercolor paper pad
- Fabriano studio WC pad
White gel pen
FINAL WORDS + YOUR FREEBIE
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I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and learned some new tips!
But now you’re probably thinking… Where’s my free stuff???
As I promised, I’ve prepared this FREEBIE for you! – im giving 4 different flowers
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And here’s one of the ways you can use it –
But that’s not all you can do with it.
The files are ready to drag and drop into your own art and personal projects.
You can even use the flowers to create a whole artwork in your computer, print it out and transfer it into your watercolor paper.
That’s exactly what I did for the cover of this article.
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Painting Templates – 100+ Free Downloadable Traceables
Welcome To My Traceable Library!
Print out these painting template traceables and transfer them to your canvas so you do not have to worry about the drawing aspect of painting!
Need more information about how to use these traceables? Check out my reference guide here. Click on the title to be directed to the tutorial.
I recommend you use a sheet of graphite paper to transfer these to your canvas. You can also use a regular pencil, scribble on the back of the paper and then trace it over your canvas.
Try out Rapid Resizer (affiliate link) for resizing traceables to any canvas size. I personally use this software and LOVE it! It is a game changer as far as resizing anything to any canvas size.
HOW TO SEARCH FOR TRACEABLES IN THIS LIBRARY?
This is a very large library of traceables. If you are looking for a particular one, hit “control f” or “command f” on your keyboard and type what you are looking for. Example: “control f” type in “gnome”.
IF YOU CLICK ON THE PICTURE, IT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE JPEG OR PNG FORMAT OF THAT TRACEABLE
Apple Picking Truck
Jack O’ Lantern
Mason Jar With Sparklers
Fisherman Silhouette Painting
Rain Boots Painting
St. Patrick’s Day Gnome
Spring Pig Painting
Mardi Gras Lamppost Painting
Valentine’s Day Gnomes
Dragonfly & Lotus
Candy Cane Bubbly
Stacked Whimsical Coffee Cups
Boo Halloween Letters
Whimsical Pumpkin Topiary
Owl On A Lamppost
Quote For Floral Wreath Painting
Four Seasons Tree
Sunset Lake Pier
Tropical Bird Of Paradise
Owl Always Love You
Palm Tree Hammock
Around The Campfire
Ladybug Kids Painting
Koi Fish Painting
Hot Cocoa Window
Santa Sleigh Silhouette
Flip Flops On The Shore & Patriotic Version
- Directions: print on 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper (for 11 x 14 size canvas) or enlarge 50% for larger canvas.
- Ice Cream PDF
To The Beach
- Directions: print on 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper. Paint the ocean and sky background first. Trace the beach van using gray graphite paper.
- Beach Van PDF
Mason Jar For Rustic Daisies
- Directions: print on 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper. Paint the background first. Use white graphite paper for the transfer.
- Jar PDF
“Angelfish” for Under The Sea Painting
- Directions print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper or larger depending on the size canvas you are using. Transfer to canvas, preferable with white transfer paper since the paint color will be dark.
- Download Angelfish PDF
- Directions: print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Paint the green background first and then transfer the panda using graphite transfer paper.
- Download PDF
- Directions: print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Position the traceable so the peacock is perched on the branch. You will be tracing this after you have painted the background and the branch. See tutorial for further details.
- Download PDF
“Love Birds” Painting
- Directions: print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Position the traceable on the bottom right of the canvas (or elsewhere if you want the birds in a different location). Make sure you paint the background first before tracing the birds onto the canvas.
- Download PDF for Love Birds Traceable
- 2007 sportster seats
- Sitka marsh hat
- Scuba costume diy
- 2018 yamaha 250
- Star bank note
- Highland point corgis
- Tea rooms pittsburgh
- Chicago lasik cost
- Eternal moon article
- Toy lamp post
- Skyrim quest symbols
DIY Watercolor Leaf Place Cards
Last November I was really into making these plaid-ish watercolors. I decided that they would make beautiful leaf place cards so I went out to my yard to collect a variety of leaves to make templates. Autumn in Connecticut is gorgeous and there are so many leaves to choose from! I chose the biggest ones so there was room to write the names. I drew the leaves onto card stock and cut them out to make templates. And today I am sharing them with you!
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Supplies needed to make DIY watercolor leaf place cards:
~ Watercolor paper or card stock
~ Watercolors (I used OOLY brand and Sax Fluorescent Tempera Cakes)
~ Glass of water and brush
~ Leaf templates (scroll down)
~ White chalk marker
How to make DIY watercolor leaf place cards:
1. To make the monochromatic paper: Choose two or three shades of the same color. Paint the lighter color first, creating brush strokes that go in one direction – kind of stripey. You don’t have to cover the whole page, it’s ok if there is some white space. Next choose a medium shade of the same color and paint loosely in the other direction. You can now add the darkest color on top going in the original first direction. The point is to layer colors going in two directions to create somewhat of a plaid effect.
Download Leaf Template 1
Download Leaf Template 2
2. Print out the leaf templates (if your printer takes card stock that would be best, otherwise just plain paper).
3. Cut out the leaves and trace them onto your painted paper.
4. Once you have cut out all of your leaves you can add the names. Either write them big across the leaf, or you can write them small at the top and leave room for people to write something that they are grateful for. You can then hang them on a “gratitude” clothesline.
We made these pom-pom napkin rings to go with the DIY watercolor leaf place cards. Oh and we also used these pom-pom hair ties as napkin rings!
This was out table all set for Thanksgiving. You can see the clothesline in the back where I hung the leaves.
Hope you try these!! Let me know if you do by tagging me on Instagram @artbarblog.
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Did you like this idea? Here are some more Thanksgiving DIYs:
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