I sometimes like to revisit a subject I already painted and work on it with a different medium. This time I did a different version of a flower painting I had done a few years ago with acrylics and pastels, I wanted a softer version of the flowers and perhaps adding some designs in the background. So I though about drawing some zentangle patterns on top of the watercolor painting.
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Here is a step by step tutorial showing the steps I took to paint this Watercolor and Zentangles flower painting.
- Hot press Arches paper 140 lb, stretched on a foam board
- Watercolor paints: Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Permanent Red, Burnt Sienna, Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Payne’s grey.
- Bright blue colored pencil
I started by a rough outline of the flowers and did prepare a mix for the background with Lemon yellow and Ultramarine blue and Permanent Red in a tiny bit of water. I then added alcohol instead of water to dilute this wash.
Painting the watercolor flowers
I also want to experiment with granulating medium and am adding it to the paint I will use for the stems. It also adds a nice textural effect.
Here I painted all the stems.
Then I start working on the background flowers, painting them wet into wet so the edges are not too defined. I want only the two front flowers to have more defined edges.
I am also painting the flower on the upper left side, using techniques of wet into wet painting and glazing.
Here the background flowers are painted and I did lay a very light green wash on the three flowers left.
When painting the two main flowers, I am trying to describe more detailed shapes, by layering watercolor washes dry on wet. That way I can paint more precisely as painting dry on wet with watercolor will allow you to have more control on your wash edges.
Working on the watercolor background:
I am painting the flowers, using techniques of painting wet into wet, wet on dry and glazing.
Then I want to tone down a bit the yellow of the background and have it a bit more greyish. So I am going to paint another wash diluted in alcohol, using the same mix of yellow, ultramarine blue and permanent red, but this time I am using more blue and red.
Adding another layer to the background.
I want to add a few specks of Cobalt blue.
So I am splashing a mix of Cobalt blue in water, using a dropper.
Then I am spraying a bit of water in some areas, using a spray bottle.
I find it fun to move the paint with my fingers sometimes 🙂
Adding zentangles to the watercolor flower painting:
I am then drawing a few pencil lines to outline an area where I want to add a few zentangles.
Then I am starting to draw zentangle flowers using a bright blue colored pencil.
I am drawing simple Flower designs., directly with the blue colored pencil on the watercolor paper.
I am staying more or less in between the lines I previously drawn with graphite.