How To Paint Flowers With Watercolor – Design Process Included

The design process is where starts

In this tutorial I will share tips on how to paint flowers with watercolor. The video demonstration includes the entire process from design to execution.

Changes to images are necessary in most cases. Plus trying to copy photos isn’t very creative so avoid doing that unless you want to become a cookie-cutter.

Anyhow, I’m going to approach the image with watercolor in mind. Watercolor has it’s own strengths and weaknesses so it’s important to envision the final painting which is a great starting point for the design.

  • For this image I wanted to darken certain areas of the background. I thought this would giver more impact to the stars which are the white anemones.
  • Then I decided to add a saucer and play with the light source.

Here’s a look at the final design down with pencil and print paper.

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The finished design

Creating the finished watercolor painting

Now that the design is in place I can approach the final artwork. But make no mistake, the design process gave me a lot of time to envision how to approach and complete the artwork. The painting is basically half-way done before paint even hits the paper.

I prefer to work in layers for most paintings. Three layers is usually max! After that colors will become muddy and opaque.

The ultimate goal is to always have the work to look effortless and free. Not an easy thing to pull off but better than a stiff, rigid painting that looks like an illustration and not art.

In the video I will share many thoughts and tips for how I painted the anemones. I hope the video inspires you to give it a try.

Here’s a look at the final painting and the inspiration image if you want to give it a try.

How to paint flowers with watercolors
How to paint flowers with watercolors
Inspiration image

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