Mother's Day Watercolor Card // How to Watercolor Flowers

April 28, 2016

Hello friends, thanks for stopping by. Mother's Day is right around the corner (May 8th!) and I have a unique take on how to create your Mother's Day card this year. Watercoloring can seem daunting, but no need to fear! I'll walk through how I made all of these flowers and how you can too.

To begin this card, I cut a piece of Canson watercolor paper to 4" x 5 1/4" (links to products will be down below). Now to gather your watercolor supplies. I used one brush (small/medium sized) and then I used my watercolor palette that you've seen in my videos. Before you begin putting any water on your paper, make sure you also have paper towels and two cups of water. One cup will be for dirty water and then the other cup will be clean water (you'll see why in a little bit). 

Now we can get into some watercoloring fun! You'll want to wet each color in your palatte that you are going to use in your flower arrangement. If you already have a flower arrangement in mind then we can jump right in, if not, then you'll perhaps want to sketch on a scrap piece of paper what you may want your floral arrangement to look like. Be sure to try and make it balanced and not to overcrowd your flowers. 

To make the orange Marigold like flowers, you will want to clean off your brush and dip it into the clean water. Taking this clean water, you'll want to make an asterisk shaped puddle to the size you want your flower. Once you're happy with the shape you have created, you'll want to saturate your brush with your first color. I chose orange for mine. Take your brush covered in color and dip it into your puddle. You'll notice that the color will start moving on its own, but help it move around the entire puddle if you need to. Now that your entire mini asterisk puddle is filled with color, you have two options. The first option is allowing it to air dry, which will give you the most vibrant color. The second option is to use your paper towel and blot your painting to get a more pastel look. Experiment with what you like and develop your watercoloring style.  

All of the other flowers follow the same pattern. Draw the shape in clean water, add your color. If you want to add more depth, add different layers on top of dry layers (like on my marigold flowers). I added a stamp that reads "mom" from Technique Tuesday in Memento black ink. To complete this card I mounted the watercolor paper onto a kraft cardstock card base using foam adhesive. I hope you enjoyed this card and if you guys would like a video of me watercoloring some flowers please let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and product links will be below!

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Tsukineko Full-Size Memento Fade Resistant Inkpad, Tuxedo Black

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