Flower Pot Watercolor Tutorial

Welcome to Watercolor Wednesday!!

So happy to have you join me on my watercolor journey.

This is my first watercolor tutorial and I am going to be starting small and will work my way up to more elaborate, bigger paintings.

Today’s tutorial is a simple flower pot with some flowers inside. It does not take a lot of stamps to create this painting so you can accomplish it in no time.

Shall we get started?

Here are the supplies you will need for this painting:

As I have stated before, I use stamps by Art Impressions so those will be the majority of the stamps you will see me using in my tutorials. Circled are the particular stamps that I used form each set.

This set is now retired but there are many other container sets now that you can use whatever pot you may have.

Out of “Flower Set 2” we will use the long stem flower bundle. Then in the “Foliage Set 4” set you can use either of the two vines.

We will use the little daisy bunch in the original flower set and also the small grasses in the original foliage set.

I use Marvy Le Plume II Markers but you can also use TomBow or any other water based marker you may have.

We will be using:

  • No. 86 African Violet
  • No. 20 Magenta
  • No. 15 Olive Green
  • No. 17 Steel Blue
  • No. 14 Turquoise
  • No. 45 Sepia

Time to begin our painting.

Begin by inking the pot stamp with No. 45 sepia directly followed by No. 86 African Violet.

Stamp it on your paper just below center to leave room for the flowers.

Time to add some water. Be sure to pinch off the brush between your fingers each time you take it out the water to remove excess water from the brush so you don’t wipe out the lines.

At this point, you will only slightly touch the lines and drag the color out of the lines. Drag it to the side or down where there would be darker areas on the pot. Do not cross over the lines.

Place some ink, No. 14 Turquoise, onto your pallet. You will use this ink to paint in the pot. Remember to start light and add layers to make it darker like normal watercolor. Leave the center of the pot white since the pot is round, this will be where light is reflected off the post.

It may be difficult to see but this is the final coat of paint of the pot. I painted it three times until I got the color the way I wanted it. With these markers, it dries really quickly so you can do a few coats of color quickly.

Once you are happy with the pot, it is time to move on to adding the flowers. To start, we will color the small daisy bunch with the No. 20 Magenta.

When it comes to stamping flowers or grasses, you want to stamp them multiple times before reinking it. It also good if you stamp it in a small circular pattern so you get different values of color once you add water. Stamp in an many flowers as you’d like.

Now it is time to add water to the petals. Remember to pinch off the brush before applying the water. Also, for these, do not actually brush the petals, but dab your brush to bring out the color and spread the ink.

Now comes the time to add a little greenery. Use one of the vine stamps and only ink about half of the vine with No. 15 Olive Greem and stamp where you would like to add a little green.

Add water. Don’t be afraid to spread the ink and make the image more blended out. Make it your own.

Last thing to add to the pot is the long stem flowers. Ink the petals in No. 86 African Violet and the stems in No. 15 Olive Green. I didn’t ink the entire stem but you can if you’d like.

Stamp them, at least three time before applying more ink, to the top of the daisy bunch.

Add a small amount of water to the petals and slightly to the leaves and stems just to soften them.

We are going to add some grass below the pot using the mini grass stamp and No. 15 Olive Green. Stamp the grass four or five times walking it down the image.

When it is time to add water to the grass, you want to pinch off your brush and brush with the blades of grass up and out. Paint more grass in under the pot or fill in any areas that are bare.

Lastly, ink No. 17 Steel Blue onto your pallet. Use this ink to paint in the sky around your pot. Do not paint the whole area\paper around the pot, just add a little here and there.

Use the fine tip side of African Violet or any marker and redraw in any lines that may have gotten washed out too much. And also, don’t forget to sign and date your piece!!

Here is a video you can follow along with while you paint. It may help clear up any questions you may have as well.

There you have it! Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t happy with your painting. It takes practice to get your technique down. And feel free to customize the colors and stamps to whatever you own.

With Christmas being next Wednesday, there won’t be a Watercolor Wednesday next week but stay tuned for the following week when we expand on our flower pot from today. 🙂

Happy painting!

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