DIY Springtime Watercolor Art

DIY Watercolor FlowersAlright, here is some art for the artistic and non-artistic alike. Now, I was a student who elected to take art classes (Art 2, Art 3, AP Art – you name it), but in my mandatory high school “Art 1” class, we used to have “blind contour days.” Blind contours are fun and simple; so, with my love of watercolor in one hand and my love of poppies in the other – I am going to tell you how to make an easy, springtime work-of-art.diy watercolor flowers

You are going to need:

  • Watercolor paints
  • Waterproof pen
  • Watercolor paper
  • A printed black & white flower picture (with clear lines)
  • Paint brushes

Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t looking the way you planned at first! Thinking about the end result can sometimes be daunting, so just focus on each step, one at a time:

diy watercolor flowers
  1. Search online a bit for an outline or sketch of your favorite flowers. I chose poppies this time because their shape and structure is fun to draw. Sunflowers are also a great choice. Pick a flower with moxie.diy watercolor flowers
  2. Print out that picture and set it near your sketchpad, now keep your eyes on that printout. Blind contour is about is about believing, not seeing. Keep your eyes on that printout and start to draw your flowers – pay close attention to lines. For completely “blind” pieces, do not peek at the paper, but for a slightly more controlled look, check the paper whenever you have to lift your pen.
  3. When you are satisfied with the flowers you’ve penned, let the ink dry and pick a watercolor you like. I picked red and yellow for my California poppies.diy watercolor flowers
  4. Begin painting – this time, you should keep your eyes on your artwork. Fill in the petals and stems, and apply black details last. If you want a watery look, then you can add on different colors while the piece is still wet, but if you want the colors to stay the way they are, make sure they dry. (You can use a hair-dryer to speed this process up).diy watercolor flowers

5. Last, I like to flick some paint dots onto the centers of my flower to mimic the chaotic look of pollen.

diy watercolor flowers

Just remember to take your time, and love the way there as much as the destination.

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elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

4 Comments

  1. Qui :

    Love this tutorial! I haven’t painted in a while, and this looks like a fun way to get back to it.

  2. Meghan :

    I’ve been waiting for a nice painting tutorial to pop up and this is the one!

  3. Birdiebee :

    These are beautiful; I love watercolor art.