Hi friends! Welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday!
Today, I am sharing this simple little painting that I am calling, A Quiet Place to Sit. It just looks like the perfect spot to sit, relax, and maybe think about everything that is going on in the world right now.
This painting should take about twenty minutes to create and only uses three stamps so it is an easy one to create.
Here’s how to create it.
I used stamps from the Bench Set, Foliage 4 Set, and the Old Barn Set, each stamp is circled. You could also use the large tree from the Tree Set if you don’t have the Old Barn Set and feel free to use either bench or vine as well.
I used the colors:
- No 43 Brilliant Yellow
- No 15 Olive Green
- No 85 Mocha
- No 86 African Violet
- No 17 Steel Blue
We will also use the Molotow Masking pen for this painting but if you don’t have one, you can still create this painting.
The paper size for this painting is a 3 x 4 this time.
Begin by deciding about where the leaves of your tree will sit. Then using the masking fluid, create lots of little dots in that area. Let the masking fluid dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Once the masking fluid is dry, ink the tree with Mocha and stamp it onto the paper so the branches are within the dots. Dip your brush in water and pinch it off, then lightly paint in the trunk of the tree and the fat areas of the branches. Don’t apply water to the branches where they are just a single thin line.
Next, ink the small vine stamp with Olive Green and stamp in the leaves. Press the stamp at least three times before applying more ink and just work your way around the tree rotating the stamp in different directions while you stamp.
Dip your brush in water and then soften the leaves. Be sure to spread the color so it covers all of the masking fluid but leave some white areas to make it look more natural.
Using Mocha followed by African Violet, ink the bench stamp. Press the stamp so it is at the bottom left of the tree. Carefully add water to the bench seat and back slats.
Using Olive Green, paint in some grass. Use a little African Violet to create some shadows in the grass from the tree and the bench.
Paint in the sky with the Steel Blue.
Once the leaves are completely dry, use your finger or an eraser and remove the masking fluid from your paper. In those white areas where the masking fluid was, add some Brilliant Yellow to create little blossoms in the tree. Use the thin tip of the brush to add a little dot to the flowers for a small tiny detail.
Add a few blossoms in the grass like they’ve fallen from the tree. And lastly, using the thin tip of your green, create some grass around the bench, base of tree trunk, and here and there in the grass for a little added detail.
And that’s it! Sign and date it and you are done!
This would make a great “thinking of you” card or even just a small framed photo.
Join me next week for a whole new Watercolor Wednesday tutorial.
Be sure to check out the step by step video below and paint along with me. 🙂