Garden Bike Watercolor Painting

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. It is Wednesday which means, it’s Watercolor Wednesday!! YAY!

This week I’ll be showing you how to create this adorable Garden Bike Painting.

This painting may look difficult but if you take your time with it, I promise you that you can complete it too!

Let’s get started!

We will be using these four stamp sets to create this painting with six stamps. The small vine stamps, you can pick either one of those to use.

These are the color markers that I used for my painting but feel free to change them up to your liking.

  • No 86 African Violet
  • No 43 Brilliant Yellow
  • No 15 Olive Green
  • No 55 Iris Purple
  • No 17 Steel Blue
  • No 45 Sepia
  • No 50 Ultramarine
  • No 105 Light Teal

Cut your watercolor paper into a 4.5 x 4.5 square

We will then begin with the bike stamp by inking it up with Sepia.

Before stamping your bike into the center of your paper, stamp it on an extra piece of paper to remove any excess ink. The lines of the bike are so thin, that you don’t want them to be too thick. Once complete, press the stamp into the center of your watercolor project paper.

Dip your brush in water and pinch it off well, then drag the color out of the lines where there would be shadows.

I then used my Light Teal to paint in the body of the bike making sure to leave high lights. I also added a little bit of African Violet to the areas of the frame under the baskets and seat to darken the color a little.

Then I used the Ultramarine to paint in the accents, the seat, handle bar grip, pedal, of the bike.

Time to add the flowers! Ink the daisy bunch with Iris Purple and stamp it a few times into the front basket before reapplying ink. Add as many flowers to your liking.

Next, ink the tip of the vine with Olive Green.

Stamp the leaves around the flowers popping out from under the flowers.

Dip your brush in water and soften the flowers and leaves. Then take some post-it tape or a post-it note, and cover up the back basket.

Ink the small flower bunch with Brilliant Yellow and Olive Green and stamp it into the back basket. Remove the tape and soften the flowers with water.

Paint the baskets the color of your choice. I painted my front basket with African Violet and then I painted the back basket with Sepia followed by African Violet to darken.

Paint Sepia onto the tires. Do not go all the way to the bottom of the tire or if you do, paint them lightly near the bottom.

Ink the wispy grasses up with Olive Green.

Stamp the grasses around the tires of the bike. Then take some Olive Green and paint a line under the bike and grass. Add a touch of African Violet to create a slight shadow.

Use the Steel Blue to paint in some sky around the bike.

Also, take a pencil to draw in the spokes on the tires. And lastly, take the thin end of the Sepia marker, and go over any lines you may have lost and also in area to create more shadows.

And that’s it! Sign and date it and you are good to go! That wasn’t too bad was it?!

Throw it in a frame or turn it into a card or whatever you’d like to do with it!

See you next week with a whole new Watercolor Wednesday tutorial. If you have any paintings that you’d like me to share, please leave a comment or shoot me an email. 🙂

Check out the step by step video below so you can follow along while you paint or to answer any questions you may have.

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