Wooden Fence Watercolor Painting

Hello and welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday.

This week’s painting is using another recent stamp set that arrived last week. It does take a little time, especially in the beginning, but once we have the main image complete, the rest is smooth sailing.

I used the Wooden Gate stamp set to create this larger wooden fence painting. You could totally customize this to any color or add more to the background as well.

Here’s how to create this painting.

These are the stamps set that I used to create this painting. Each stamp is circled. Use any flower or vine stamps that you have if you don’t have these exact ones.

I went with my normal color palette for this painting but change it up to fit you. The colors I used are:

  • No 86 African Violet
  • No 45 Sepia
  • No 20 Magenta
  • No 72 Pine Green
  • No 17 Steel Blue
  • No 15 Olive Green

This painting is painted on a 5×7 piece of watercolor paper.

Begin by inking up the entire gate with Sepia followed by African Violet.

Press the stamp directly in the center of the paper.

Now, clean off the top gate portion of the stamp as well as the gate hinges and gate handle, AND the right column of the stamp. Once you have all that cleaned off, reink the rest of the stamp.

Use your positioner to add the right side of the fence to the paper. Line up the left side of the fence with the column from the gate. When aligned, remove positioner and stamp in place.

Here is the right side of the fence stamped.

Repeat the cleaning process but this time, leave the left column clean and reapply the ink the the rest of the stamp.

Again, use the positioner to get the fence into place before stamping.

When the positioner is lined up, remove and press the stamp to the paper. Now the fence is complete!

As for painting the fence itself, we are only dragging color out of the lines to “paint” the fence. So drag color out where the shadows will be and add a few other spots of color here and there.

Once you are happy with the fence, ink the vine with the Olive Green .

Press the stamp around the top of the gate and then peaking up around the back of the fence and around the sides of it.

Next, ink the grass stamp with Olive Green and add it to the base of each column.

Dip your brush in water and dab the vines to soften the color. Then drag the grass up and out as well.

Ink the flower blooms with magenta and add those around the vines. Dip your brush in water and dab to soften.

Last stamp are the flower stems. Ink the stem with pine green and the blooms with violet and press the stamp a few times before reapplying the ink. Only add water to the blooms.

And last but now least, use the steel blue to add some sky around your fence and blooms. Then using sepia, add a little dirt path leading up the gate and if you’d like, add a little more green in between the grasses for a little more color.

And that’s it! Sign and date it and pop it into a frame to display.

Join me next week for a whole new watercolor tutorial. 🙂

Be sure to check out the YouTube video below so you can paint along with me. It will also help answer any questions you may have about this painting.

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