Bring Nature’s Beauty to Life with Watercolor Flowers

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Painting is a fantastic way to express your creativity and release stress. It is one of the most accessible types of art that you can do at home. To reveal the sleeping artist that lies within you, you should first acquire the material and the techniques necessary for the realization of the type of painting that you wish to do. Additionally, you should learn how to choose the painting style that suits you and the right brushes, then select a subject or a model and finally let your creativity speak.

One of the easiest models to draw no matter what your level is is flowers. Those pure and beautiful creations of Mother Nature exist in different sizes, species, colors, and shapes, and can express amazing feelings depending on the choice of the color and the scenery. You can find in them what you are truly looking for in your beautiful painting.

In this article, the following points are going to be discussed:

*                       The starter pack for your first watercolor painting of flowers

*                       Other material you may need

*                       Some pieces of advice to start painting

*                       Step by step drawing

*                       Different techniques to make your painting more original

The Starter Pack for Your First Watercolor Painting of Flowers

Two elements define a good starter pack for painting: paint and brushes.

The most accessible, the simplest and the most affordable paint is undoubtedly watercolors, available in the form of tubes or small pots, and offering a wide range of colors. Depending on the quality of the paint, a watercolor is clear and bucolic or vibrant and striking. It is a superb and very effective way to start painting, especially for those who wish to paint magical and mysterious landscapes. It is quite easy to use for a beginner, although difficult to master. Good quality paint can save you many

disappointments as a beginner. We advise you to buy more than you think you might need.

Choose the right brushes, depending on what you want to paint. Use round-tipped brushes for watercolor paints. You can also experiment with different fibers before choosing something right for you and that fits your budget.

Other Material You May Need

After the paint and the brushes, the next step is choosing a suitable canvas for your type of painting.  For your first watercolor painting, you should make sure the paper you have chosen is special for this. It should be able to withstand humidity perfectly without curling or damaging.

For watercolors, in particular, you need material specially dedicated to your artistic activity, such as small pots, buckets and other containers filled with water to wet your brushes and wash them. Indeed, you should never forget to clean them after use and make them shine like your finest crystal service.

The last masterpiece for your painting journey is a painter’s palette or a paint tray. They are the best surfaces for mixing your colors. Choose them in plastic or white enamel. These materials allow you to see the colors better. You can find some pallets with small-incorporated cups.

Some Pieces of Advice to Start Painting

Put anything you don’t want to get paint on away, and then set up your gear. You could put some disorder and splashes of paint in your environment, so make sure to be away from any of your precious possessions. Set up your workshop in a fairly spacious and bright space to start painting.

An easel is useful, but not essential. Any flat, hard surface, such as a pad holder to hold your watercolor paper or a desk to support your canvas can do the trick. Protect all surfaces likely to be exposed to the paint using an old sheet or old newspapers.

You can start by sketching your flower of choice for the painting. This step is not essential. You can indeed paint freehand if you feel able to do it. However, it is easier to start with a sketch and to use it as a guide.

Step by Step Drawing

Step 1 – Prepare your colors. On a palette, prepare your paint and mix as many colors as you want. Before you start painting, take a few moments to mix your colors and get the shades you need to make your painting.

Step 2 – Proceed with a small, short, and light touches, alternating with long, deeper touches. Apply only the minimum amount of paint needed with your brush to achieve the desired shade. Be aware that the more you press on, the darker the color gets.  Do not hesitate to use several types of brushes and different techniques to obtain a variety of effects and textures.

Step 3 – Start with the background. It is generally advisable to start by painting the background, then to progress towards your main subject. If you start painting the detail of the petals, your painting can lose its depth and appear somewhat unbalanced.

Different Techniques to Make Your Painting More Original

With wax crayons:  This is a classic and easy technique. You get great results very quickly because there is a bit of magic in it. You can draw with a white pencil and paint over them with dark colors or, conversely, draw with colored pencils and then paint with lighter paints. Both give off a cool effect.

With a toothbrush. Instead of applying the paint directly to the paper, we rub the bristles of the brush with the thumb. This technique is quite messy, but you get stained paint, consisting of thousands of messy dots of paint.

With masking tape. Use a painter’s tape, the one that comes off easily, and stick it on a sheet to recreate a pattern, then paint. Wait for the paint to dry and then remove the tape gently so as not to tear off the paper.

Full of beautiful inspiring creations and astonishing marvels, nature is the source of all inspirations for artists. If you are starting your art journey, painting watercolor flowers may be the first step to acquire the basics and create your beautiful art. Additionally, flowers have so many meanings, shapes, sizes, and colors that make them able to express a variety of messages and feelings. Your flower painting that is full of meaning can be the perfect gift for a special occasion such as a marriage, an anniversary, or simply to express love.

You can also put them in your living room, or simply in your room, to give this personal touch to your house. This can undeniably charm your beloved ones and visitors.

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