Heart Topiary Watercolor Painting

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Hey, hey everyone! Welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday post!

I actually had a totally different painting planned to share with you today but with Valentine’s Day being only 9 days away, I changed plans to this fun Heart Topiary Watercolor Painting instead.

This little painting would make a perfect card to send to someone for Valentine’s day and it is easy to create!

Here’s how to create this mini painting yourself.

I created this painting with these stamps sets: Original Foliage Set, Mini Flower Set, Ornate Container Set, and the Original Flower set. Each stamp I used is circled.

Feel free to use any colors you like but these are the colors I used are:

  • No 45 Sepia
  • No 105 Lt. Teal
  • No 17 Steel Blue
  • No 86 African Violet
  • No 8 Violet
  • No 94 Scarlet
  • No 15 Olive Green

This painting is also the largest I’ve shared with you so far and is on a 5×7 sheet of watercolor paper.

Begin by inking the container in two colors, Sepia followed by African Violet.

Press the stamp onto the paper, toward the bottom of the paper.

Next, dip your brush in water and pinch it off then drag the color out of the lines. Pull the color out anywhere they may be a shadow on the container.

Place some Lt. Teal on your pallet and paint in the container. Remember to leave highlights in in the center or on the tops of areas where light would hit. Layer over certain areas to make the color deeper.

Using a pencil, draw a heart and then a trunk for the topiary. These lines are just guidelines so they don’t have to be perfect.

Ink the vine stamp with Olive Green.

Using the thin side of the Sepia marker, draw in the trunk of the topiary and add some lines inside for added detail. Use a little bit of water to pull the color out of the lines.

Press the stamp in one area three or four times before reapplying the ink and moving to another area. Work your way around the heart leaving space for the flowers.

Ink the flower bunch stamp with Scarlet.

Press the stamp in the open areas stamping a few times before reapplying the ink and moving on to the next area.

Once your flowers are placed, dip your brush in water and pinch it off to soften the leaves. Remember to dab not brush over the leaves.

Next, use water to soften the flowers in the same way you did the leaves.

Ink just the blooms/berries of the last stamp with Violet.

Stamp the blooms/berries anywhere you think could use a little more color and fill in some empty spots.

Use very little water to soften the little blooms/berries.

Place some steel blue on your pallet and paint in the sky. You don’t have to completely paint in the sky just here and there to give the illusion of the sky.

Using the thin end of the Violet marker, I colored in the line on the container and then added another line below with small dot in the middle for a little added detail to the container. Also, take the African Violet and complete the back side of the pot on top. Paint it in carefully with a mix of African Violet and Sepia to make it appear dark and the inside of the container.

Paint some ground using a mix of African Violet and Sepia. You can also paint grass under it but I wanted it to appear to be sitting on concrete.

And that’s it! Sign and date it and decide what you want to do with it! 🙂

It would look super cute if you wrote or stamped a loving sentiment in the center of the heart!

Stay tuned next week for another watercolor tutorial idea!

If you have any questions, watch the video below for a detailed step by step tutorial.

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