Welcome to another Jane at Home post! Join us as we paint watercolor flowers with Jane employee, Carli!
Here’s what you need:
1 cup/jar of water
1 set of watercolor paint — preferably a set of at least 8 colors, but any set will do
2-3 fine tip brushes in varying sizes
Watercolor paper or cardstock paper (You don’t want to use regular paper because it’s too thin and won’t dry correctly)
Once you’ve got everything you need, let’s get painting!
1. Painting the Leaves
To paint the leaves, you’ll want to mix a couple different shades of green. Carli usually mixes a darker green with a little bit of brown, and then a lighter green with some brown to get stunning sage colors that aren’t too bright. You’ll have to experiment a little to get the shade you want. Make sure you use enough water so the color isn’t too deep.
Use a larger brush for big leaves, and a smaller brush for small leaves. The key here is to make sure your brush is saturated with enough paint. Apply pressure to your brush and create 2 strokes to build the base of your leaf. Fill in the middle and let the watercolor do the work.
2. Painting the Rose
You can mix any colors you’d like, but for this rose, Carli mixed a blend of pink and orange with a little bit of yellow to create a pretty peach color.
When you start, you’ll want your color to be a little darker. Gradually add more water as you go, so the outside of the rose becomes lighter. Start with a thinner brush and paint a few circular lines around each other to begin forming the center of the rose. As you keep adding strokes around the rose, gradually apply more pressure to create thicker strokes.
You can also switch to a bigger brush to help create thicker petals. Add more water to dilute the color as you add petals to create dimension. You can go back in with some dark color to add more detail to the rose after you’ve finished the base.
3. Painting the Petal Flower
This is created very similarly to how the leaves are made, except Carli painted them using one stroke for each petal. Make sure your brush is saturated enough so that all the extra pigment goes towards the base of your petal. This helps create dimension. For the center of the flower, use a brown color and gently add some dots to the center.
4. Finishing Touches
Put all of the flowers together, customize your colors and add leaves to create a design of your own! Don’t worry about being perfect — practice and have fun with it!
We love how cute these flowers turned out! Tell us about your watercolor flowers in the comments.