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Project Pinterest: DIY Watercolor Flowers

I’m not sure what sparked my interest in watercolors lately, but I have a set that I’ve never used before and thought it’d be something fun to learn a bit about.  It’s hard not to let the idea of perfectionism get in my way of just dabbling in something… but hey, that’s why I’m an amateur after all!  I regularly pin lots of ideas from the Art Projects for Kids blog, so that’s exactly where I started hunting.  I love her art projects because they’re extremely simple but also yield beautiful results!

Here’s the pin I settled on for my first foray into watercolors:

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I liked the idea of embracing the “puddles” and I love how it turned out!

DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

Time: 1-2 hours split into 2 sessions (with a break of several hours of drying time)

Cost: $10-15 if you buy everything new

Supplies:

  • water color set
  • paint brush
  • watercolor paper
  • ultra fine point permanent black marker
  • glass of water
  • newspaper/paper towels to protect your workspace

Instructions:

Go to the source for her tutorial, although there aren’t a whole bunch of instructions.  You can probably figure it out from a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

Basically: make lots of splotches, encouraging “puddles” to merge.  Add green to the bottom.  Let dry for several hours.  Outline the flowers and stems with a black marker.  I love how the lines really transform a bunch of splotches into a delicate flower garden. (Side note: my watercolor set didn’t come with a paint brush, so I just used a foam brush that I had on hand from another project.)

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Watercolor Flowers

 

This project was so much fun!!  I actually started this project on my last day of unemployment – I was anxious about starting a new job and had an icky medical procedure to (not) look forward to as well, so I really needed an activity to take my mind off my thoughts.  I made three pages of flowers and let them dry for a few days until I could come back to finish it up.  I really love how they turned out, and now I’m not quite so afraid of watercolors!

Once more… three cheers for Pinterest!

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