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Green Mums, watercolor flower painting with zentangles

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.

Green Chrysantemums , mixed media on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

Green Mums
Acrylic and mixed media- previous version
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green mums watercolor and mixed media on paper with zentangles

Green Mums

Watercolor and mixed media on paper

16 x 16 inches

Available- Click here to buy

 Here is a step by step tutorial showing the steps I took to paint this Watercolor and mixed media painting.

Material list:

  • 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.
  • Brushes
  • Alcohol
  • Bright blue colored pencil

background and rough outline

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.

textures when painting with alcoholPainting with alcohol instead of water will make the wash dry faster and form interesting textures.

experimenting with granulating medium

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.

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Here I painted all the stems.

painting  the background flowers wet into wet

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.

painting wet into wet

I am also painting the flower on the upper left side, using techniques of wet into wet painting and glazing.

background flowers are painted

Here the background flowers are painted and I did lay a very light green wash on the three flowers left.

painting the flowers with more defined shapes

When painting the two main flowers, I am trying to describe more detailed shapes.

wet on dry, wet on wet and glazing

I am painting the flowers, using techniques of painting wet into wet, wet on dry and glazing.

neutralizing the background

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.

painting the backgroundAdding another layer to the background.


I want to add a few specks of Cobalt blue.

splashing cobalt blue using a dropperSo I am splashing a mix of Cobalt blue in water, using a dropper.

spraying with a spray bottle

Then I am spraying a bit of water in some areas, using a spray bottle.

moving the paint with fingers

I find it fun to move the paint with my fingers sometimes :)

drawing a pencil lime with pencils and a ruler

I am then drawing a few pencil lines to delimitate an area where I want to add a few zentangles.

drawing with colored pencils

Then I am starting to draw designs using a bright blue colored pencil.

flower designs

I am drawing simple Flower designs.


green mums watercolor and mixed media on paper with zentangles

The finished painting: Green Mums

Watercolor and mixed media on paper

16 x 16 inches

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  • Judy March 5, 2014, 11:26 am

    I love this piece of yours! and your tutorials!
    Hoping you could answer a couple questions. Where can I buy granulation medium in canada? and what kind of coloured pencil did you use on this piece?


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