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Painting an Ink & Watercolor Flower

January 19, 2018

Happy Thursday!


In this week's tutorial, I teach you a fun technique on mixing the art of ink line drawing with watercolor! See the video below for a full step-by-step process of how I create an ink and watercolor geranium. If the video doesn't appear here in your browser, then you can also click HERE to watch it on YouTube.




For this technique, you will need the following supplies:

A pencil

A fine-tipped ink pen

watercolor paper

a watercolor palette

and a cup of water



Step 1.

Sketch out a light drawing of the flower you wish to paint. I like to use a reference photo when I sketch my florals! A great place to find stock images of photos is this stock image library: www.pexels.com


Step 2.

Start inking in the lines. With your ink pen of choice, begin outlining your sketch. In this video, I am using a fine-tipped Staedler ink pen, This pen isn't 100% waterproof, but I personally like the way the water softens the ink lines and blends into the watercolor.


Step 3. 

Once you're done outlining your sketch in ink, it's time to start laying down the first layers of watercolor! Start out with a thin layer, and try to utilize patience in waiting for the layers to dry before adding more color. (Patience is key to watercolor!) I used a mix of purple and blue for the flower itself, as well as sap green for the leaves. In my last layer for the petals,


Step 4.

I also added some soft hints of burnt umber to the inner parts of the flower. This added some nice depth! I deepened some of the green areas of the leaves, But overall, I went with a very loose look for my layers. In this particular piece, I liked how the painted layers dried so loosely with the ink!


And that's all there is to it! If you don't want your ink to blend with your watercolor, then make sure to use a different brand of pen. One of my favorite waterproof fine-tipped pens is Micron. You could also choose to go with a unique look by using a calligraphy nib and ink and laying down your lineart with varying strokes!


I hope you enjoyed this simple look at this technique! Make sure to try it out for yourself, and share your work in my new Facebook group, The Ink-stained Guild!


Until next week,


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