I decided to practice painting some simple leaves. I pulled out my round #14, 10, 6, and small flat angle watercolor brushes to give it a try. I watched a few people online paint beautiful leaves with just a few simple brushstrokes and that inspired me to practice and see what I could do.
Brushstroke notes: Load the brush with paint, then with the tip down on the paper, press down and slightly rotate while continuing to pull the brush and then slowly lift the brush up and off the paper.
The small flat angle brush delivered some beautiful shapes and I was happy with the outcome.
My round #10 brush (a favorite of mine), did not work as well for this, and neither did my trusty old round #6. Those two are usually my go to watercolor brushes.
I was very pleased and a bit surprised to find that my round #14 brush worked very well. I was able to paint some large simple leaves with #14. I will have to keep that in mind for future paintings.
Below is a quick painting of pink roses using the flat angle brush to paint the leaves. I will need to work more on my leaf painting technique, but this was a good exercise.
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I am back to painting flowers again. I was inspired by a picture that I took a few weeks ago. I noticed that the Iris buds are beautiful as well as the lovely flowers. I really need to plant some in my garden soon.
Painted on Canson 9×12 inch watercolor paper.
This was a fun painting and it did not take long to complete. I worked on a few similar paintings first and then combined a few things from each of those paintings.
Hope you enjoy!
Keep a scrap piece of watercolor paper nearby for testing out any color that you aren’t sure of. It is better to test out color on scrap first than to be disappointed after you’ve already used it in your painting.
To soften hard edges, use a damp brush and lightly go over the edge to smooth it out. A small round brush works well for this. In my painting I had to smooth out around the flowers a bit.
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I have some adorable little bluebells in my garden. There are so many delicate bells on each flower. Below are a few attempts at painting these little garden beauties…
7×10 inch Canson mix media sketchbook
9×12 inch Canson watercolor paper 140#
9×12 inch Canson watercolor paper 140#
I was unable to escape the “detail mode” and let go to paint a loose version. Maybe I will try that another time. Each painting is a bit different. I like the simplicity of number 1 and the bright color and detail of number 3.
Keep painting and documenting your work so that you can see your growth over time. I am now up to painting #382. Looking back I can see that many things are improving and that makes me smile!
Cheap brushes fall apart quickly. I have a few that I need to replace because the paint is chipping off the handle and starting to flake into my rinse water. I know that I should get rid of them but it is like having an old pair of worn out jeans that you just don’t want to let go of. I will be replacing these cheaper brushes with better quality ones soon.
I have a few potted chives on my deck that are in full bloom. The fluffy purple blooms are such a sweet sight to see. Below are a few attempts last weekend at painting the chives. I used the same photo and mixed it up a bit and the result was three very different watercolor paintings. Hope you enjoy!
My 1st painting was on Canson watercolor paper.
Just chives with some detail.
My 2nd painting was in my Pentalic watercolor sketchbook.
I added a background and additional colors.
My 3rd painting was on Canson watercolor paper.
A loose style with a background.
Which of the three paintings do you prefer? I would love to hear your feedback.
Give the rigger brush a try, it is great for working on detail. The more I use this brush, the more I fall in love with it.
Try painting the same subject a few different times. Mix it up using a different color palette, trying a different background, or using different brushes. See what happens, you might just be surprised and delighted (as I was with the chives).
Springtime is here! The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. I bought my first Foxglove plant last weekend. My beautiful plant has lavender flowers and many little buds just waiting to bloom.
Here is a quick watercolor painting of my new plant.
Watercolor painting notes:
7×10 inch mix media sketchbook
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolors
Round #6 and Rigger #0 watercolor brushes
Painting tips for beginners:
– Stay positive and keep painting.
– Start with your lightest colors first and then build up to your darker colors.
– Try to keep a few unpainted spots here and there, it will add a little sparkle and interest.