Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone
I love to paint and share my work. I often get requests from friends or clients asking me to share how I paint. For my first share I decided to do a flower watercolor painting tutorial of an Anemone. For this painting I picked the Anemone because its shape is not complicated to sketch and paint. My main goal for this tutorial is just to share how I enjoy painting and to show that the watercolor painting process is not as difficult as it might seem. Please enjoy this Anemone watercolor painting tutorial and have have fun trying your own painting! If you’re inspired to try your own painting please share your work with me!!!
Watercolor Painting Supplies
I tend to use watercolor paper that ice nice and heavy with a weight of 600gsm / 300lb. That is my ideal paper weight but I also use 300gsm/140lb on a regular basis too.
Typical Paper Weights:
- Lightweight: 185 gsm/90lb. You may have to stretch the paper with masking tape.
- Midweight:300gsm/140lb. and 440gsm/200lb. (These are the most widely used)
- Heavyweight: 640gsm/300lb.
There are many brush selections for me to pick at the art store. Personally, I like to use synthetic brushes because they are easy to control. I use big round brushes for big spaces and small round brushes for smaller space.
I use round brushes for my flower painting. For this painting I used sizes 00, 0, 1, 2, 4, 5.
Professional watercolor paints have more pigment and it gives better results when you paint. They are a little bit more expensive but the results are worth the investment.
For this painting I used:
- Ultramarine Blue
- Quinacridone Magenta
- Imperial Purple
- Nickel Azo Yellow
- Quinacridone Purple
- Opera Pink
My Watercolor Painting Procedure
[Sketch with easy single lines]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop the paints]—–[Dry]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop the paints together]—–[Dry]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop the paints]—–[Observe]—–[Be happy]
Step 1 (First Wash)
I used wet on wet technique for this painting. Every petal I paint I wet with water and drop in different colors. Here, I use the brush to wet petals with water then drop in a mix of Ultramarine Blue for darkest shading and drop small amount of Cad Yellow Med for the brightest of the pollen.
Step 2 (Second Wash)
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
After the first wash is dried, I use the same wet on wet technique as the first wash. I apply water with on the dry petals and drop different colors from the list above.
For the petals that get the direct sun I leave clear water for the brightest part of petals and drop Opera Pink for darker shades. Remember always to wet petals with water first before drop any paints into the petals. The fun part is watching the pigment and water flow naturally. I think this gives a more interesting effect.
I wet the petals with clear water and add the Opera Pink and Quinacridone Magenta for the primary color of the flower, allowing these wet paints to mix.
For the center of the anemone, I used 4 colors: Cad Yellow, Opera Pink, Imperial Purple, Moonglow
For the pollen I wet with clear water and place Opera Pink in the middle and Imperial Purple around the edge of circle. I used a touch of Moonglow for the darkest shades. Allow these to mix with the water and let it flow.
I use the smallest round brush make the details of the flower’s stamen with Moonglow, Imperial Purple, Opera Pink and Sap Green.
Step 3 (Third Wash)
Make sure the second wash is completely dry before starting the third wash. To start my third wash I wet the petals with clear water, added Quinacridone Magenta to the shaded part of petal. While the paint was still wet I added a touch of Quinacridone Purple in to the darkest part of shadows.
Enjoy watching what happens when these pigments flow and mix. That is my favorite part!
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Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I like how you go through each step in your process to make such a beautiful flower. Can't wait for your next one!