In this video tutorial, I walk you through how to create a beautiful watercolor and line drawing art print. Whether you’re a decent artist or have never picked up a pencil, I believe you can do this project. The only skills you need to possess are the ability to a, slap on paint and b, draw wiggly lines. Are you in?
If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know I’m passionate about everyone trying their hand at art or some form of creativity. Just three years ago, I didn’t think I could even draw a decent stick figure. These days, drawing or doodling of some kind is part of my everyday life, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Okay, let’s get started.
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The supplies you’ll need for this project are as follows:
- Watercolor paper
- Watercolor paint
- A round paintbrush
- Pigma Micron pens in size 01 and 05
- A soft art eraser
- A pencil
First, you’ll want to lightly outline your dimensions on the paper to give you an area to work with. For this project I used an 11×15” pad but wanted to create a finished piece with 8×10” dimensions. Working with a larger sheet gave me room to test the colors on the edge without requiring extra paper.
Once you’ve selected your colors, start adding round-ish blocks of color to your paper. As you can see in the video, I created a random color pattern and also varied the size of my blocks. In preparation for adding the flowers, I tried to start with a darker middle and lighten the paint as I neared the edge of the flower. If you plan to add lettering to any area, be sure to use a lighter color that leaves you enough space to work with.
Line drawn flowers
After you’ve allowed the paint to dry for several hours, you can begin adding in the flowers. Find the darkest point in the center of that particular color swatch, draw a circle, add a crescent inside the circle, then add a smaller circle inside the small crescent, like so:
From there, simply add in your petals. Try to vary your strokes, making some petals more round and others curved or even gently jagged. Your eye and hand will detect a pattern, but when the project is completed, the viewer will only take in the beautifully detailed flowers, not the pattern you settled into.
As shown in the video, sometimes you’ll want to pause adding petals to one flower to create the center of another. The goal is to roughly follow the shape created by your color block, so some flowers will overlap with the petals appearing to block those of the flower next to it.
Once you’ve added in all your flowers, take some time to determine your message and font for the center. Before inking in the word bloom, I gently drew the letters in pencil to be sure I liked the shape and spacing. After completing them in ink and allowing them to dry, I carefully erased any residual pencil markings from the piece.
This is one of my favorite steps—sharing what I’ve created. If you have a paper cutter you trust, you can trim your paper to size using that. Otherwise, use a pair of quality scissors. Add a frame if you like and please, by all means, snap a picture and tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #scatteredfashionistaart . I’d love to see what you create!
You can do this!
You really can. Believe in yourself, take the plunge, but also be patient. I never dreamed that I could create something like this when I bought my first Micron pen three years ago.
That said, it is my *plan* to open an Etsy shop with downloadable digital prints like this one. If this interests you, please be sure to join our tribe. You’ll be among the first to know.