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:
I liked the idea of embracing the “puddles” and I love how it turned out!
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
- water color set
- paint brush
- watercolor paper
- ultra fine point permanent black marker
- glass of water
- newspaper/paper towels to protect your workspace
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:
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.)
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!