Bird on a Log Watercolor Painting

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Hello everyone and welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday!

This week I am venturing away from the flowers in a container with this cute little bird sitting on a log with some flowers in the background. It only uses four stamps so it can be completed pretty quickly.

Let’s get started shall we?!

This paper is only a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 sized painting so begin by cutting your watercolor paper in that size square.

You only need four stamps for this painting. Here are the stamp sets that I used along with the stamps that I used are circled.

I forgot to take a photo of just the marker colors, oops, but that colors I used for this painting are:

  • No 15 Olive Green
  • No 45 Sepia
  • No 86 African Violet
  • No 17 Steel Blue
  • No 89 Persimmon

To start this painting, you will inked the log stamp in the No 45 Sepia.

Press the stamp onto your paper below the halfway point, closer to the bottom.

Dip your brush into water and then pinch off the tip. Drag the colors out of the lines of the log being careful not to cross over the lines.

Put some Sepia onto your pallet and paint in the log remember to start light and adding more layers to make it darker in areas. Leave the top of the log light since that is where most of the light is hitting and make the bottom of the log dark. You can also use some African Violet to make areas even darker.

Once you are happy with your log, it is time to ink the bird. Use No 86 African Violet to inked the stamp.

For this next step you will need a stamp positioner. It isn’t fully necessary but it makes it much easier to place your bird in the correct spot.

Line the plexi into the corner positioner then place the bird stamp directly into the corner and press down.

Remove the stamp and you will see that you now have the bird image on the clear plexi so you can use this to figure out exactly where you want your bird to sit.

Place the plexi with the bird stamped on it onto your paper and figure out where you want your bird to sit. When you are happy with it, place the corner positioner in place against the plexi. Hold the positioner in place and remove the plexi.

Still holding the positioner in place, set the bird stamp in the corner of the positioner and press down.

Now your bird is right where you wanted it to sit on the log!

Carefully drag the colors out of the lines and then paint the bird in using African Violet.

While the bird dries, take the thin tip of the Sepia and trace the lines on the log to darken any that may have gotten smudged out. You can even add new lines or other knots to the wood like I did.

Then after the bird is dry, take the thin tip of the African Violet and trace over any lines that may have gotten smudged out.

Ink the grass stamp using Olive Green.

Stamp the grass around the base of the log adding as much or as little as you like.

Drag the color up and out of the grass. Then paint in extra grass from paint on your pallet.

Using post-it tape or a post-it note, cover the top of the log so when we stamp the flowers they will appear to sit behind the log.

You will ink the flower stamp in two colors, Olive Green and Persimmon, and then press the stamp multiple times before reapplying the ink. Add as many flowers as you’d like.

Carefully add water to the blooms and stems.

Then use the thin tip of the Persimmon marker to add small dots on the ground near the log and add some darker areas to the bases of the blooms.

Using Steel Blue, paint in the sky around the log, flowers, and bird. Be careful not to touch the red blooms so the colors don’t bleed. Also, leave a border around the edge of the paper.

And that’s it! Sign and date it and put it in a frame, turn it into a card or whatever you’d like.

Join me next week for a whole new watercolor tutorial.

Watch the step by step video tutorial to follow along while you paint and perhaps it may answer any questions you may have.

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