Florals are my topic of choice these days. If you’re following me and my art adventures on instagram (@surelysimpleblog), you’ll know about it- my feed has been all about florals and fresh flowers and flowery thoughts- yes, they’re all pretty much the same thing: FLORALS! So this is a post all about painting florals too.
You see that picture above- I’m going to be showing you how I made that step by step, with pictures. A lot of pictures, actually. The best part of this- I truly did not intend to make a tutorial for this. Lol.
I was sitting on the sofa, sketchbook on lap, brush pen in hand and watercolour paints beside me- and I wanted to do some freehand because I was too
lazy preoccupied to go get a pencil. And then I thought, I’d click pictures on my iphone, and see if I could create a tutorial out of- basically whatever I got on the page. It was kinda 50/50 that I would get this on the blog- but after finishing- I was slightly pleased with the results. And I thought this may help someone out there- someone who likes watercolour or wants to start, gets out of their art ‘comfort zone’ and risks possible failure and enjoys the thrill, and likes chocolate – I’m talking about you!
Since, I took basically a gazillion photos- I tried putting this tutorial in a semi-organized fashion to make understanding easier. It practically took me an hour to filter the photos – argh. Still, work is work. Here we go:
You need: watercolour paper // watercolour paints // paintbrush (or a brush pen filled with water) // your imagination // patience // a sense of humour (!? well, you always need a sense of humour when doing anything worthwhile and challenging..right? Haha!)
Paint Freehand Watercolour Floral Art :
This is how the page looks at the beginning. ^
Keep going and adding simple shapes like the ones shown above.
Next, add leafy details here and there. ^ I drew them out to show you, but usually I draw one leaf, paint it and then start the next. Watercolour when dry leaves a mean border!
Add stems everywhere. They don’t have to be green/black/brown- I used baby pink for some!
I got something that looked like this. But I still thought it had too much empty space in the middle. So here’s what I did-
Basically, I added these little floral embellishments in the gaps with tiny stems adjoining the nearest bigger flower/stem. Kinda like the little details you see in a bouquet- baby’s breath? Queen Anne’s lace? Whatever it’s called..
Great! Now the structure is off to a good start. Finally. Now it all comes down to adding the little* details. (*that’s the clincher, actually!)
Starting off with the rose blooms. I added contrast by pairing the light flowers (red/pink base) with a dark red, and the blue flowers with black. Notice the step 6 flower where I used both blue and pink. Different lines on both! Did I mention I love experimenting with colours on my art?
And now, it’s time to get cracking. With acrylic paint.
I used acrylic paint on a regular paintbrush (not the brush pen, this time) and made these lines to get more structure. However, if fine lines make you nervous at this point, don’t worry, look at step 3- you can merely outline the flower with a darker shade and add a few lines inside. That’s a nice effect too.
Don’t forget to add details with the acrylic paint on the leaves and buds. I love the pink striations on the leaves, and I used peach for the bigger leaf cluster and the buds.
Sign your name at the end- I always sign with paint- and voila!
So there you have it! A completely freehand watercolour floral art piece, which is a whole lot easier than it looks. I hope this was helpful, and if and when you try your hand at painting this freehand technique, please tag #surelysimple or #mysurelysimple on Instagram, so that I can see it and admire your take on it.