Garden Door Watercolor Painting

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! It’s time for another Watercolor Wednesday tutorial!

This week, I will be teaching you how to create this sweet Garden Door painting.

This painting uses 5 stamps and takes about twenty minutes or so to create. Here’s how to make it!

You will need: The Door Set; Flower Set 2; Original Foliage Set; and the Original Flower Set. Each stamp is circled from each set that I used but feel free to change it up and use whatever you like.

I used these markers for this painting because I wanted it to be brightly colored but you can use anything that you’d like.

  • No 31 Pale Violet
  • No 86 African Violet
  • No 42 Cream Yellow
  • No 83 Butterscotch
  • No 45 Sepia
  • No 15 Olive Green
  • No 94 Scarlet

This painting is created on a 4×4 sheet of watercolor paper.

To begin, ink the door with African Violet. I chose not to ink the entire area around the door handle but if you’d like to include it, by all means.

Press the stamp in the center of your paper but a little more closer to the bottom to leave room for the vines over the door but not too far down that you won’t have room for the pebbles below the door.

Dip your brush in water and pinch it off. Then drag the colors out of the line. Concentrate on the areas of the door that would be the darkest, under the moldings, bottom of doors, etc.

Once you have your door the way you like it, it is time to place our first set of flowers. Ink the small flower bunch with scarlet for the blooms and olive green for the stems.

Stamp the flowers on either side of the door. Stamp it three or four times on one side then reapply the ink and stamp it three or four times on the other side.

Dip your brush in water and pinch it off. Dab the blooms with your brush to create the watercolor effect and use brush strokes to go over the stems.

It is now time to move onto the vine around the door. Ink the vine stamp with Olive Green.

Stamp the vine around the door, walking it from the bottom over the top. Remember to stamp it a few times before reapplying the ink to give so you have different shades of green once it is complete. Also, add a tine grouping of vines on the right side of the painting above the flowers. Do NOT add water yet.

I forgot to take a photo but you will next ink the small daisy bunch stamp in butterscotch. Stamp the flowers around the vine anywhere you’d like, filling in any holes that need to be filled or where you may want a pop of color.

Once you have your flowers in place, it is now time to add water to the blooms and the vines. Dip your brush in water and pinch it off. Begin with the vines and dab the color out of the lines. Rinse your brush thoroughly and repeat the same method with the blooms.

Using a pencil, draw curtains in the windows of the doors. You don’t have to draw curtains if you don’t want too. I chose to do little scalloped curtains but you can just do them straight across or angled from one corner to the other. Whatever you’d like.

Paint in the curtains. I used Light Violet to paint my curtains. Remember to start with a light coat and repeat layers to make them darker.

Ink the small bloom bunch, that look like rocks, in Sepia.

Press the stamp under the door to create what looks like pebbles. Remember to stamp it multiple times before reapplying the ink.

Dip your brush in water and pinch it off then dab your brush over the pebbles to drag the color out.

Using African Violet, paint in what would be the window panes to the door. Start with a light coat and repeat layers to make it darker. You can also add another layer to your curtains at this time to make them darker if you’d like.

While the windows and curtains are drying, paint the area around the door and vines. This area would be the side wall of a building. I choice to paint mine in Cream Yellow to make it light and airy.

Repeat layers of african violet to make the windows even darker and another layer on the curtains as well.

Once the curtains are dry, we are going to add a little detail to them. If you have a white gel pen grab it for this part. This is the pen I have and it works great on these paintings.

Once the curtains are dry, use the white gel pen to create little polka dots on the curtains. You don’t have to do dots, you could do stripes, zigzags, leave them blank, whatever!

Once the window panes are dry, use your pen to make lines on the panes of glass to create reflection spots.

And that’s it! Sign and date it and you are done! 🙂

Pop it into a frame, turn it into a card, hang it on cork board, whatever you’d like!

Stay tuned next week for a whole new watercolor video! 🙂

Here is a step by step video you can follow along with the create your own painting. Remember you can easily change up the elements and colors to make this your own.

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